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Library Staff Favorites of 2014

With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!

 

Picture of AllisonAllison
South Branch:
The Magician’s Land
The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Picture of AmyAmy
Community Services:
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
The Fall

Picture of AmyAmy
Youth Services:
Never Say Die
Clink

Cover of Barb B.Barb
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Enough Said
I Must Say

Barbara
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Orphan Black S. 2
Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of CarlaCarla
Administration:
The Round House
Omar

Picture of Carmel Shane
Carmel Shane

Circulation:
Once Upon a Time
18 Months

Picture of Carol
Carol

Community Services:
Little Failure
Hotel Florida

Picture of CathleenCathleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Station Eleven
Bron/Broen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Steelheart
The 100

Picture of CynthiaCynthia
Research Services:
Ready Player One
The Returned

Picture of DaleDale
Research Services:

Hysterical
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Picture of DianeDiane
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Among Others
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of DonnaDonna
Fiction/AV/Teen:
Winter Street
Duets II

Picture of ErinErin
Youth Services:
The Screaming Staircase
Hilda and the Bird Parade

Picture of Eva
Eva
Research Services:
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Picture of JanineJanine
Circulation:

True Detective
Ready Player One


Jenny

Fiction/AV/Teen:

About Time
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of Joe
Joe
Research Services:
Lowball
Rick and Morty

Picture of KarenKaren
Registration:
Ancillary Justice
Neptune’s Inferno

Picture of LarryLarry
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Martian
Redshirts

Picture of LindaLinda
IT Services:
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Martian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of MartaMarta
Fiction/AV/Teen:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
The Awakening of Miss Prim

Picture of Mary JaneMary Jane
Research Services:
Controlled Descent
How Dogs Love Us

Picture of MeganMegan
South Branch:
Red Rising
Saga

Picture of NancyNancy
Fiction/AV/Teen:
My Salinger Year
American Hustle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture of NicoleNicole
Circulation:
The Paying Guests
Life in Motion

Picture of PaulaPaula
Registration:
Rush
Dad is Fat

Picture of PennyPenny
Research Services:

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Leaving Time

Picture of RosemaryRosemary
Technical Services:
Natchez Burning
How the Light Gets In

Picture of StevenSteve
Research Services:
Death on the Nile
Cosmos

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 19, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Literary, Movies and TV, Music, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance

Staff Pick: Night After Night

Picture of Diane“Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!”
“Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”

For snappy, tongue-in-cheek dialogue written by Mae West herself, try West’s 1932 film debut Night After Night . The queen of the double entendre rules all five movies in the Mae West Glamour Collection with bawdy charm.

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 9, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: William and Mary

Photo of Barb B.William and Mary is a slice of modern lighthearted yet complicated British life.  Julie Graham plays Mary, a midwife, and William, played by Martin Clunes, is an undertaker.  The two meet and hope to finally get a relationship right.  Life is hectic and unpredictable, but they find that as in birth and death, love is the most important and strongest force.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on December 2, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks

Movies and TV: Accused, Series 1 & 2

Accused DVD coverIn a brilliant inversion of crime drama tropes, International Emmy Award winner Accused reveals the unlikely perpetrator in the first moments of the episode. What we don’t know is what was done or why. Each story begins with a prisoner awaiting his or her verdict, and then we are dropped into an earlier seemingly ordinary day in the accused’s life. It isn’t, of course. Unfolding events reveal a tipping point at which a situation spun out of control. What could turn an average citizen into a criminal awaiting a verdict? No two answers are the same, and neither is the degree of guilt. Boasting spectacular performances by a Who’s Who of British character actors, Accused is provocative television at its finest.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on November 17, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense

Movies and TV: Cabin in the Woods

Picture of Cabin in the WoodsAt this point society knows that if you are in a secluded cabin cut off from civilization you don’t read mysterious Latin books found in a basement out loud, and you absolutely never split the group up. In Cabin in the Woods, five college students break these rules and more as they spend a weekend away at a cabin and fall into every horror movie stereotype there is. What starts off as a funny yet clichéd film quickly turns into a mind-blowing experience as writers Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard toy with viewers’ expectations. Just when you think the film is ending, you learn it’s only beginning. Hilarious, yet still with scare factors, Cabin in the Woods is for horror movie lovers and horror movie hesitators alike.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on October 30, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies and TV: Wrinkles

Wrinkles DVD coverEmilio is facing a harsh reality. A distinguished former bank manager, he didn’t foresee a time when the trappings of age and illness would transform him into a burden on his family. The one saving grace to his placement in an elder care facility is that he shares a room with the roguish Miguel, a new friend who refuses to accept that growing older has anything to do with growing up. Wrinkles, a tender and unblinking look at late-stage life, dabs humor amidst the adjustment to new routine. Martin Sheen nimbly leads the English language cast, and traditional hand-drawn animation balances safe distance with childlike charm. Bette Davis once said that “old age ain’t no place for sissies,” and Wrinkles keeps the twinkle in that truth.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 29, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies and TV: Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War DVD coverBefore Homeland there was Prisoners of War, and though they share a general premise, you cannot assume you know what to expect. In the original Israeli series, two POWs return home after seventeen years in captivity. Seventeen years. Time enough that one soldier faces teenage children who don’t know him at all, while his comrade is confronted with a fiancée who has since married his brother. A third hostage returns in a coffin, but his sister sees and hears him as if he survived. Extraordinary in its quiet, tense moments, Prisoners of War is a complex and provocative exploration of the effects of torture, suspicion, and the struggle to reintegrate into both family and society.

By MPPL on September 15, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Diane D. staff picks photo“I just love finding new places to wear diamonds,” said Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Director Howard Hawks’ style and Jane Russell’s sharp delivery, with Marilyn’s iconic performance of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” make this female buddy film a lighthearted pleasure.

By MPPL on September 9, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Little Murders

John staff picks photoAdapted from Jules Feiffer’s play, 1971’s Little Murders is a pitch-black paranoid satire which follows a couple and their supremely dysfunctional family through an absurdly (and disquietingly) chaotic New York City.  Don’t miss Donald Sutherland’s legendary extended cameo as an unorthodox wedding officiant.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on August 26, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Movies and TV: Bottle Rocket

Bottle RocketPrior to making one of the best films of the 1990s (Rushmore), Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson introduced their blend of sweet-tempered humanism and low-key comedy with Bottle Rocket. Ostensibly a heist flick, Bottle Rocket is in actuality an exceptionally laid-back tale of adolescent camaraderie and small ambitions. Fresh from a stay in a mental hospital, Anthony is recruited by his reality-challenged friend Dignan in an absurd plan to become master criminals.  However, after another friend becomes involved, the trio’s schemes begin to disintegrate into aimlessness. Affable performances from the Wilson brothers turn Bottle Rocket’s gently ambling pace and charming comedic quirks into a picture one can’t help but like.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on August 14, 2014 Categories: Humor, Movies and TV