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With 2020 being the year that it has been, we have probably all dreamed of another time before all this bit of crazy that has invaded our lives. Here are some fun ways to immerse yourself in some different times and different places.

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The indelible classical actor and action star, Sean Connery, passed away at the age of 90. Connery was a powerhouse of stage and screen, versed in Shakespeare, thrillers, drama, and even romance. But it was his singular portrayal of James Bond that exposed the character and the actor to the world. Connery will live on in our hearts and minds as our King Arthur, our Russian submarine captain, the father of Indiana Jones, and the coolest Brit spy of the 20th century. 

Watchmen and Schitt$ Creek slayed all the competition and rightfully so. But Baby Yoda definitely got robbed. Check out these shows and all the other great series' nominated for the 2020 Emmys!

2020 Emmy Winners

Halloween might feel and look a little strange this year because of everything that's going on in the world, but like the best of holidays it's more than just a set of rituals. There's a spirit to Halloween that's easy to catch and can be quite infectious. Perhaps the best way to kickstart your Halloween spirit is by watching a horror movie.

So, to help you fuel your Halloween spirit and keep it going all month long we've prepared a calender featuring a different horror movie (two on Saturdays) for you to watch in October. All of the movies featured are in the library's physical or digital collections.

Plus, we know weekends are special so we've turned them into theme days. When the work week ends many people are in search of a laugh. So, we'll  spotlight horror comedies on Fridays. The only thing better than a horror movie is a horror movie double feature. So, Saturdays will be days with a thematically linked double bill of films. Finally, we've made Sundays a day where the whole family can get in on the Halloween spirit by highlighting some all-ages, gateway horror films.

So, let's kick things off with your movies for the first week of Halloween

Thursday October 1st- Psycho(1960)

 

 

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We're kicking things off with director Alfred Hitchcock's legendary and most influential horror film. Psycho was such a pivotal movie that some have argued it helped create an entire sub-genre of horror that would come to prominence almost two decades later, the slasher film

Friday October 2nd- What We Do In the Shadows (2014)

Chadwick Boseman will be long remembered for playing powerful Black icons. Boseman had starred as multiple historical and popular figures including Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. But he is best know for inspiring movie-goers of all ages worldwide as The Black Panther. You can find all these films and more in the library collection. RIP and Wakanda Forever!

 

Joshua Jargowsky recommends The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Joshua shares, "I chose title because it really speaks to me. It's a heartwarming story of regeneration through nature. Mary Lennox goes from being spoiled, to being open and kind to those around her, and loving to get dirty in the gardens. Collin goes from being bedridden and hidden in a room, to being to walk and being healthy, simply by having some experiences, even if he needs to sneak out at first. It's truly enjoyable to watch these characters grow and change throughout the book, and that's one of the reasons why I've read this book many times, and found new insight each time."

The secret garden by 1849-1924 Frances Hodgson Burnett
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | video

A beautiful and timeless portrayal of friendship and the human spirit, The Secret Garden tells the story of the courage of two unhappy children who become determined to make their lives, and the lives of others around them, more joyful. Orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live in her uncle's house on the Yorkshire moors, and the house is an unhappy one. Miserable and lonely, Mary starts to explore the house's gardens and she discovers a key to the secret garden.

The Perseid meteor shower is expected to be visible from July 17 to September 1, 2020, with peak activity from August 11 to August 12, 2020. To learn more about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, comets and more, check out the list of resources below.

Juvenile Nonfiction

Although the Freep Film Festival has been postponed until December, documentary fans can still watch  some of the films that were to appear at the annual event during a virtual version of the festival this week. One film will be featured every day  between April 22-26 for free on freep.com. In all, twelve  films will be shown. 

Kirk Douglas will be remembered, in death as in life, for his enduring lead roles of the mid 20th Century. Most recognized for playing historic Roman revolutionary Spartacus, Douglas is also known for another Stanley Kubrick film, Paths of Glory, and for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life. Check out the list below for his works in film and in print.

This weekend, the Oscar for Best Actress will be presented to one of the following nominees: Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, or Renee Zellweger. Read about some of the past winners with these biographies from the Library's collection.

In pieces : a memoir by Sally Field

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