Bring your kids to the library this Thursday, July 2nd, to see the movie that launched Minion madness. Despicable Me will be playing at 2 pm in the Foot Room. It’s free of charge and everyone is invited.
Refresh your memory of the story of Gru, a criminal mastermind who uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, but finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. The movie is showing just in time for the release of the Minions movie, which premiers on July 10th. Bring the whole family for a funny, feel good movie on us. See you there!
Back in my day (oh so long ago!), books tended to know their place: a mystery was a mystery, science fiction was science fiction, and rarely did the twain combine. Nowadays, genre blending is all the rage. Authors are taking elements from a variety of genres (e.g., romance, fantasy, horror, adventure, etc), mixing them together and creating hugely entertaining books.
One of my favorite combinations is that of the hard-boiled detective novel with fantasy (as one reviewer described it, “Raymond Chandler meets Raymond Feist.”). And one of the best examples of that genre blend is the Eddie Lacrosse series by Alex Bledsoe.
Burn Me Deadly is the second in the series but you don’t need to have read the first. It starts with much the same set-up as Mickey Spillane’s 1952 noir classic, Kiss Me Deadly: the hero, private investigator Eddie Lacrosse stumbles across an injured woman on the road. Bad guys show up, kill her and leave Eddie for dead. The difference, of course, is that Eddie uses a horse instead of a car and carries a sword instead of a gun. Bledsoe does a great job translating a tough guy mystery to a medieval fantasy world. The dialogue is sharp, the action intense and the world building is superior. Highly recommended! (though be advised it is a bit on the noir side)
Take a break from entertaining your kids during these summer days and let us do it for a few hours. The library will be offering a free showing of the newly released, blockbuster movie Paddington this Thursday, June 25th, at 2 pm in the Foot Room.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
We are so excited to be bringing the ever so popular Zoomobile back to the library, and everyone else must be, too, as tickets for this event have all been taken. Sadly, the library could only issue as many tickets as our fire code allows for people in the room. If you are a ticket holder, the event will take place this Tuesday, June 23rd, at 10:30 am. Already got a ticket and then learned you won’t be able to make it? Just turn it back into the library and we’ll pass it along to the next person in line. It’s going to be a wild day at the library!