Readers across the country have been swept away by Amor Towles’ debut novel, “The Rules of Civility.” Set in New York City in 1938, “Rules of Civility” tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.
Watch the “Rules of Civility” book trailer below and make plans to meet the author when he visits Library Headquarters on July 9.
Tired of all those awful pickup lines, like "Can I have your number? I seem to have lost mine."Well, on Saturday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. lit loving singles will gather at the Thornhill Branch for Literary Speed Dating. Participants are invited to bring a book, one which they enjoyed, hated, or are simply mystified by, and discuss it. Each participant will have 4-5 minutes to chat, and then move on to the next "mini-date." While this event is aimed at adults in their 20s and 30s, all are welcome to attend. Matches will contacted after the event. It's a safe way to meet people without the hassle of dating sites or bad pick up lines. We will be hosting another event, Literary Speed Dating Event for Boomers on Saturday, July 14.
--Joni H., Thornhill Branch
Many believe the modern environmental movement began with the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring." Carson's influential book linked the use of pesticides with diminished bird populations, human illness, and loss of habitat for aquatic life. While her arguments were not universally accepted, Carson popularized the notion of a web of connections between human activity and the natural world.
"Calvin Coolidge" by David Greenberg , part of the American Presidents series, illustrates the story of another lesser-known president. Greenberg details Coolidge's rise to political power from Governor of Massachusetts to Vice President to President. Known as "Silent Cal," Greenberg shows how Coolidge's silence worked to his advantage, even citing an instance when Coolidge states that a president's words are powerful and should be used infrequently. His approach to the presidency is also shown fascinatingly in his decision not to run for reelection in 1928 because it would mean he would have been president for 10 years, which, in his opinion, was too long for anyone to be in Washington.
--Michael B., Jamestown Bluffs Branch
The Adult Reading Club kicked off earlier this week, but the clubs for babies, kids and teens kick-off today. Summer reading is a great time to share books and conversation with the whole family. As an added incentive to get your kids signed-up, the library is waiving fines for preschoolers-teens entering 12th who register for summer reading club! Details about the library's summer reading clubs can be found here. Not sure what to read? Ask a staff member or check our blogs for inspiration, we have one for adults, kids and teens. Happy reading!
--Jennifer M., Headquarters
The years following the collapse of the Roman Empire were stressful ones for Europe, leading many to think that the end of the world was quickly approaching. In "The Forge of Christendom," Tom Holland describes how this feeling of imminent apocalypse drove the development of medieval Europe over a period of several centuries. He discusses political, military, and religious developments and how each affected the others, even to the point of extrapolating the consequences of medieval history to more current events, in some cases. More interestingly, Holland's discussion of medieval history does not just focus on the usual historical players (England, France, etc.), but even takes a look at Icelandic and Visigothic events of the time. While many historical books mention an event and its consequences going forward, this book also gives the lead-up to many well-known events, such as the Battle of Hastings and the Council of Claremont.
--Michael B., Jamestown Bluffs Branch
Some movies are so bad they're good and some movies are so bad they're just laughable. The long lamented television show, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" made an art form out of mocking bad movies. Under the premise of being trapped in space and forced to watch bad movies, the show's host and his robot pals would verbally pick apart some of the worst movies ever filmed. Some bad movies are a bit more ripe for the riffing and four of the classic shows are found on "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection. Volume 2."
Episode 1 is a gem of the "Charlie's Angels" variety. To avenge the beat down suffered by her drug buying younger brother, a budding singing sensation recruits several sexy young women to band together and fight the pushers. Not since "The Love Boat" have there been so many fine cameos in one production: Jack Palance, Peter Lawford, Jim Backus, Arthur Godfrey and Alan Hale, Jr. It's like "Fantasy Island" for the big screen - and I mean that as a compliment.
A whimsical tale that dances back and forth in time during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, "The Night Circus" is the story of the magical and mysterious "Le Cirque des Rêves," which translates from French as "The Circus of Dreams."
Conceived by the eccentric theatrical producer Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre, "Le Cirque des Rêves" takes on a life of it's own at the hands his assistant, Marco Alistair, and the show's illusionist, Celia Bowen. Though nobody directly involved with the show knows it, the circus is a venue for a great competition between the young magicians Marco and Celia... one that they were bound to in childhood. As the two try to outdo one another with enchanting circus attractions, they inevitably fall in love, neither knowing that the exhausting game can only end with one of their deaths. As the competition wears on and the circus grows in popularity, Marco and Celia are not the only ones who's lives are in peril.