“Attack the Block” (2011, R, Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi) It’s inner-city vs. outer space. A teen gang in South London defends their block from an alien invasion.
“Life in a Day” (2011, PG13) A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011, PG13, Romantic Comedy) A father’s life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore.
“Footloose” (1984, PG, Music/Drama/Romance) The original classic version. Stars Kevin Bacon as a city boy comes to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned. Also stars Lori Singer and John Lithgow. The 2011 remake is scheduled for a February 2012 DVD release.
Preschoolers enjoying storytime activities with Miss Jen on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will be hearing stories, playing games and making crafts with a food theme. Do you think she will be talking about Thanksgiving foods? Join in at 10:30 a.m. for a fun filled morning. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the talk will be all about chickens. As we head into December, the topics will be snow and winter.
Early out movie, Tuesday, Nov. 21
The next early out program will be on Tuesday, Nov. 21, with the showing of the movie “Judy Moody” (rated PG). Movie time will be from 1:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Fun and free early-out activities are for all Solon students. There is no registration. Children under the age of 10 attending the movie need to be picked up by parents or caregivers at 3:15 p.m.
Cleaning up the DVDs
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends organization, the library now owns a DVD cleaning and repair machine. With the assistance of a volunteer, the DVD collection will be cleaned and discs repaired, as needed. The first pass through the collection will take some time. If you check-out a DVD that isn’t working correctly, please bring it to the attention of the staff so it can be refreshed for the next patron.
In the past, DVDs that skipped or were scratched had to be replaced with new because there was no way to fix them. With the addition of this new machine, DVDs will be repaired and not have to be replaced, allowing us to buy more for the collection.
Footballed out? Read one of these
Head into the non-fiction section and pick up a cookbook to bring the holidays into focus. For those busy days, there are several new slow cooker cookbooks, including “The Vegan Slow Cooker.” “The Adaptable Feast” may be of interest if your holiday guests include special diets or vegan choices.
Also in the non-fiction section are three new books for parents of children with ADHD including, “The Gift of ADHD Activity Book: 101 Ways To Turn Your Child’s Problems into Strengths” by Lara Honos-Webb. This is a great book for strategies to work with and support students who are distractible in school, whether diagnosed with ADHD or not. Another new book addressing ADHD is “Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents” by Russell A. Barkley. This book provides authoritative information on ADHD and its treatment directed at parents.
“Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, released just six weeks after Jobs’ death, is a biography based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs over two years. This book pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength.
Two new, soon-to-be released books have been ordered. If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich or Michael Connelly, you may want to get on the list for these new arrivals. Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum novel, “Explosive Eighteen,” will be released on Nov. 22. Stephanie is returning to Newark from a disastrous vacation in Hawaii when things go from bad to worse. Michael Connelly’s “The Drop” will be released on Nov. 28 and will be ready for check-out shortly thereafter. “The Drop” is another Los Angeles crime novel in the Harry Bosch series.
Sue Grafton is nearing the end of the alphabet with her latest release; “V Is For Vengeance,” in the Kinsey Millhone series released this past Monday. There are a spider web of dangerous relationships at the heart of this story: a professional shoplifting ring, a wandering husband, a dirty cop, a sinister gangster and more.
David Baldacci, master of crime thrillers, released “Zero Day” set in the coal mining country of West Virginia. New hero, John Puller, an Army special agent is called out on a case where someone has stumbled up on a brutal crime scene. As Puller digs through the crime scene, he realizes that nothing he sees in this small town or no one in it are what they appear.
Peruse the new book shelf for new releases, “Hotel Vendome” by Danielle Steel, “The Unquiet” by J D Robb and “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson as well.