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For Colored Girls

Our library had a few copies of this on our BSE shelves. In case didn't know, the library now has Best Seller Express or BSE dvds available for checkout for three days and limited to one per person. The BSE dvds are new dvd's that the library purchases to make available to the public for walk-in customers only. They can not be held or transferred. After their newness wears off, the BSE dvds are put into regular circulation with all the other feature films. This allowed me the chance to check out For Colored Girls.

This is a powerful film that examines the lives of different African American women as they struggle to survive overwhelming hardships to maintain a balance between love, work, family and life. I'm surprised that Tyler Perry actually took on something serious for once. He is the director of this film but he usually makes outrageous comedies. In fact, this film is so serious that I need to issue a strong trigger warning because there are disturbing images of abuse, violence, rape and sexual assault.

Fido

ImageBack in the days of B&W TV, when I was growing up, there were two shows that I remember watching quite a bit. Leave It To Beaver and Lassie. Today I find both laughable, but still entertaining for different reasons. Read more »

Edgar Award Winners 2011

The Lock ArtistThe Edgar Awards are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America and are often considered the most prestigious awards for the mystery genre. This year's awards were presented this weekend and the winners include:

Best Novel: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Best First Novel: Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva

Best Paperback Original: Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard

Best Fact Crime: Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
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The Sons of Anarchy or SAMCRO

About two years ago in the summer of 2009 I watched the entire television series called "The Shield." Our library had the first three seasons and I rented the other four elsewhere. I always ranted and raved about how great the show was to other people so imagine my surprise Read more »

Half a Life

Half a LifeHow many times have you been distracted while driving and seen a cyclist jut into the road or a child chasing a ball, or even a scampering beagle? You brake and think, thank God. But for Darin Strauss, newly eighteen, setting out with friends for a game of Putt Putt on a warm spring day at the tail end of his senior year, things did not go that smoothly. A cyclist suddenly veered across a lane and a half--and as he braked all he saw was a yellow spoke reflector catch the light and a head crash into his windshield. For him, the worst had happened. The police cleared him, said it was not his fault. The local paper reported this, but Strauss has had to life the rest of his life with the guilt and pain of this accident.
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Bloomington Reads Week

BRLogoIt's Bloomington Reads Week! The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools is hosting a week of reading related activities designed to focus on the importance of everyday literacy. For more information visit their website and help Monroe County focus on reading and literacy.

EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27,11:30 to 1:00
Bring Your Own Book and Read Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Pack a lunch, a book and a blanket and spend your lunch hour reading.
Sponsored by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Monroe County Public Library, & FMCCS
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Books Plus Discussion for May 2011

ImageBalmy May will soon be here. And on the very first of the month, Elizabeth will lead a discussion about an American classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain's famous novel was first published in England in 1894, but still generates controversy to this day. Earlier this year, a scholar published an edited version that cleaned up some of the words, many of them based on race. The reaction was immediate and, on the whole, negative. Many people prefer the book the way Twain conceived and wrote it.
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National Parks Week

ImageNational Park Week is April 16-24 and has been created to celebrate this country's 394 National Parks. "This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both."

Indiana isn't awash in National Parks, but we are blessed with amazing State Parks, State Forests and lots of opportunities for hiking and connecting with nature. Despite some possible rainy weather, what better time to celebrate nature!
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Pulitzer Prizes 2011

ImageThe 2011 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week and include awards for letters.

Fiction
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

History
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

Biography or Autobiography
Washington : A Life by Ron Chernow

Poetry
The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan

General Nonfiction
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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Trouble the Water

ISBN: 
0795975111836

August 29, 2005 is a date that some will remember more than others. This is the day that hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana. Most of the documentaries about hurricane Katrina have been about the storm itself: the winds, the rains, the intensity, the levees and the flooding. Trouble the Water is a first-hand account of the storm told through the perspective of two local residents of the ninth ward, a husband and wife. They stayed in their attic throughout the storm and managed to film as much of it as possible. The scenes in this documentary are absolutely real as well as the hardships and tragedies of the couple involved. Be prepared to laugh and cry as this documentary piques a full range of emotions. If you click on the link above you'll find that the library's catalog has another embedded link to click on which will take you to the official website of the documentary and you can view the trailer there.

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