Month: September 2012

We Read Banned Books. Do You?

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in the Pennsylvania Gazette. Similarly, if libraries carried only the books that did not offend, they would be sadly lacking titles to fill the shelves.

Celebrate Banned Book Week (September 28 – October 5) with the Mount Prospect Public Library by reading a banned book. Here is a starter list of books that have been banned, in order of their appearance from the video below:

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

LISTS: Trains in Movies

Murder on the Orient Express DVD coverG.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.” But are you sure you want to catch the train in the first place? Murder! Mystery! Heists! Trains are a classic high drama setting in movies.

To see what train-centric films the Library has, click here.

Adventurers Still Exist

Mud Sweat and Tears book coverBear Grylls is an adventurer. No, really. That’s his job – to adventure. He scaled Everest when he was only 23. He has a second degree black belt in Shotokan karate. He’s hiked Himalayan mountains. He was in the UK Special Forces until he suffered a broken back from a freefall parachuting accident in Zambia. All of this, he went through before what people know him most for, his hit Discovery Channel show, Man Vs. Wild. In Mud, Sweat, and Tears, Bear Grylls talks about his life before and during the show. If you like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, you’ll probably enjoy Grylls’ page turning autobiography.

Donna C.’s Pick: Biking the Boulevards

Donna C Main PictureAll too often we find ourselves harried by chaos. If you’d like to take a much needed break, sit back, relax, and watch Geoffrey Baer’s Biking the Boulevards. Spend a pleasant 90 minutes exploring Chicago’s beautiful and historic boulevards on DVD, then grab your bike and take your own tour!

If Evanovich Wrote the Grim Reaper

First Grave on the RightLooking for an audiobook with laugh-out-loud humor, steamy romance, quirky suspense, and memorable supporting characters? If so, take a chance on Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. Since she was a little girl, Charley Davidson has been talking to dead people. Now there are three murdered lawyers who won’t cross over, and it’s her responsibility to help them. She also has a very sexy someone visiting her lifelike dreams each night. What’s a woman to do? Lorelei King, the award-winning voice of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, plays to her strengths in narrating with the right blend of sarcasm, vulnerability, and fun.

LISTS: Actor Martin Clunes

Doc Martin Series One DVD coverMartin Clunes is a British actor best known as the lead character Doctor Martin Ellingham in the BBC series Doc Martin. Clunes has been around much longer than Doc Martin though, and he’s taken on everything from Shakespeare to serial killers in his acting.

Click here to see what movies and TV the Library has starring Martin Clunes.

Life in a WWII Japanese Internment Camp

Colors of Confinement book cover13,997 Japanese Americans passed through Heart Mountain internment camp from August 1942 – September 1945. Bill Mambo and his family were in the thousands forced to live at the base of Heart Mountain in northern Wyoming. Mambo captured their daily lives on Kodachrome film and, though he was an amateur, the images Mambo captured show that, “However broad their smiles, the people in these pictures were living interrupted lives, or shattered ones. The music of their bright dances and parades masked a hum of dissent and discontent.” Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Images of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, edited by Eric L. Muller, expresses the intimate details and hard truths of wartime living.

Ten Years of Talking Like a Pirate

Blackbeard book coverAvast, me hearties! Today marks the tenth anniversary of International Talk Like A Pirate Day.  Shiver your  timbers by treasure hunting at the Library. Solve the mystery of Why Do Pirates Love Parrots? or check out a soundtrack for your own pirate shenanigans. Be thrilled by buccaneer novels,  true pirate stories, or romance on the high seas. Adjust your eye-patch and choose a favorite pirate movie. Ahoy, matey, ye don’t want to be thought a landlubber or a scallywag, do ye?