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Blind Date with a Book at all locations!

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:40am

Stop by any of the AADL locations for a sweet February surprise!

Adults and teens will find Blind Date with a Book displays, where one can hopefully find the mysterious item of their dreams! Books (and movies!) are wrapped in butcher paper and decorated with hearts in red, pink and purple. They have a short description of what the material inside contains… but you’ll have to check out the item and take it home to unwrap to find out if it’s really meant for you!

Kids aren’t left out either! There are Surprise displays at every location too, where kids will find mystery items decorated with stars and question marks in bright rainbow colors, and wrapped up with only hints written on them to imply what’s inside.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:55pm

Alright folks! We are officially one week away from the biggest film release this year: Star Wars: The Last Jedi! To help you prepare for this monumental event, we've pulled together a list of just some of the hundreds of awesome Star Wars items in our collection.

To start with, we have all of the previous movies on DVD: the original trilogy (consisting of A New Hope, The Empire Strike Back and Return of the Jedi), the prequel trilogy (consisting of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith), The Force Awakens, and Rogue One. All of these movies are also available on Blu-Ray.

Kids have lots of movie options as well. First on the list is the Clone Wars television series and the Clone Wars Lost Missions, as well as the stand-alone movie The Clone Wars. We also have multiple seasons of the television series Star Wars Rebels, as well as the stand-alone movie Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. The LEGO Star Wars movies are also popular, consisting of The Empire Strikes Out, the New Yoda Chronicles, Padawan Menace, and Droid Tales. LEGO Star Wars has a television series as well, called The Freemaker Adventures.

We have many of the soundtracks from the Star Wars films and television shows, including those for A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Clone Wars. A soundtrack of the original trilogy is available here, and a CD of instrumental solos is available here.

We have tons of kids books about Star Wars. For babies, we have board books such as Epic Yarns: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Picture books include BB-8 on the Run and Han and Chewie Return!. For children just learning to read, we have Readers such as Are Ewoks Scared of Stormtroopers?, Death Star Battle, R2-D2 and Friends, and Jedi Heroes. Chapter books for kids include Darth Maul: Shadow Conspiracy, Rise of the Rebels, and Before the Awakening. Star Wars comic books are very popular, and include The Original Trilogy, Crash Course, Jedi Academy, and Star Wars Adventures. Nonfiction reads include The Amazing Book of Star Wars, 5 Minute Star Wars Stories, Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Ultimate Star Wars, The Star Wars Craft Book, and Incredible Cross-Sections. We even have Star Wars books for kids in languages other than English, such as the Spanish language book La Guerra de los Clones Aventuras.

For a full list of Star Wars children's books, see these public lists: Star Wars Readers, Star Wars Chapter Books, Star Wars Graphic Novels for Kids, Star Wars Nonfiction for Kids, and Star Wars Kids Books in World Languages.

Teens have plenty to choose from too. Most take the form of graphic novels, including The Clone Wars series, Knights of the Old Republic, Empire,Invasion, Kanan, and Legacy, although there are novels like Ahsoka and Rebel Rising as well. For a full list, see the public list Star Wars Books for Teens.

The adult collection is where you'll find many of the extended universe novels, both new and old. These include novels such as Bloodline, Dark Disciple, Jedi Trial, Honor Among Thieves, and the Legacy of the Force series. The adult collections are where you're likely to find film adaptations, such as The Phantom Menace and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. There are a ton of adult graphic novels, such as From the Ruins of Alderaan and Heroes for a New Hope. Adults also have interesting Star Wars nonfiction to choose from, in books such as Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, Where Science Meets Imagination, The Making of Star Wars and Year by Year: A Visual History. For a full list of adult Star Wars materials, see the public lists Star Wars Books for Adults and Star Wars Nonfiction for Adults.

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Lad: A Yorkshire Story

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:18pm

A truly lovely film, Lad: A Yorkshire Story, will make you fall in love with the Dales. Slow, sweeping views of the hills and valleys, provide a natural remedy for the turmoil of the story, and the world. The landscape is a strong presence throughout the film, and plays a role in soothing the souls of all the characters. That landscape is distinctly of Yorkshire, as the title suggests, but Lad is, ultimately, an archetypal tale, of relating to one's place and family of origin, of finding resolution and peace in your own backyard.

The film is notable for its simplicity. Very low-budget, using local settings and almost unknown actors, with no computer enhancements or special effects, the result is a triumph for the writer/director, Dan Hartley, and the cast, all Yorkshire born and bred.

Lad is a classic coming-of-age story, but with a fresh, original face, and such a sweet, unassuming style, that it never appears sentimentalized or maudlin. Young Tom’s world is falling apart and he is saved by love and friendship, which he finds in familiar and new places. Simple. But intricate and heartbreaking, fragile and surprising. Would that every troubled 13-year-old could find solace working outside under the guidance of a wise, seasoned park ranger. Would that we all could.

I almost stopped watching Lad after about ten minutes. It starts slow and deliberate, and I couldn’t tell where it was going, and there are no subtitles to help decipher the accents, and no one told me that it would turn into one of the sweetest, most satisfying stories ever. Now I am so glad I saw it.

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Cozy Winter Documentaries

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:38pm

Do you enjoy a good documentary?

Search no further!

Ken Burns has directed a number of outstanding documentaries that are perfect for the transition into these cold winter months.

These documentaries have multiple DVDs, so get ready to snuggle under a big blanket with some hot tea and enjoy!

The Civil War

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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Thor: Ragnarok!

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:55pm

Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters today, making now the perfect time to revisit your favorite Thor materials! The movie is already generating quite a buzz and has received rave reviews (with a 93% rating, it's currently Rotten Tomatoes' best reviewed comic book film ever!).

A great place to start are the previous Thor movies, including Thor and Thor: The Dark World, as well as his appearances in The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. For younger kids who aren't quite ready for the Marvel movies, Thor is featured in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (there are multiple volumes of this series, including Vol. 5 and Vol. 6).

For adult readers, some of the original Thor comics are included in the anthology series The Essential Thor Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 and Vol. 4. Many of these original stories also appear in The Mighty Thor: Omnibus collection. More recent additions to the Thor universe include God of Thunder Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are also available), Lord of Asgard, Bringers of the Storm, Godstorm, and Thor Vol. 1 (Vol. 3 is also available). Currently, a woman has taken on the title of Thor in The Mighty Thor: Thunder in her Veins.

There are awesome Thor graphic novels in the Teen section, including Wolves of the North and The Lost Gods. A mysterious female Thor has also taken the lead in The Goddess of Thunder and Who Holds the Hammer?.

Kids have a variety of Thor books to choose from as well. Younger children will like gentler Readers such as The Trouble with Thor and These are the Avengers. Older kids can enjoy comic books like Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Mini Marvels: The Complete Collection. Books for kids about the Avengers include The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide and The Avengers: The Movie Storybook. We also have several comic books based on Norse mythology, such as Thor and the Giants and Thor and Loki (also available in Spanish).

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TV Spotlight: Six Feet Under

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:30pm

Critically acclaimed Six Feet Under is one of the most amazing shows to flicker across a television screen. The award-winning show aired for five seasons on HBO, from 2001-2005 – and it’s aged well for a fresh watch or a revisit. If you haven’t met the Fisher family you need to immediately head on over for an awkward dinner.

The show focuses on the dysfunctional Fishers, who run and live in a funeral home in California. The controlling mother Ruth and her three grown children: The angsty teen Claire, the rebel Nate, the responsible David, and their assorted spouses. The show begins with a death close to the family that alters the lives of everyone. The actors do an amazing job of portraying these lovingly flawed characters – you can’t help but root for them as life’s curveballs incessantly head their way.

Stellar writing makes five seasons worth of a drama series fly by effortlessly. And fair warning, the final episode is one of the best you’ll ever see as far as series finales go, and that’s not just me talking. So, if you’re looking for a thinker of a drama with some melodramatic funeral directors, you’re all set here with Six Feet Under.

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A few films to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:09am

Battleship Potemkin (1925): Generally considered one of the most influential films ever made, Sergei Eisenstein's silent Soviet-era classic depicts the 1905 revolt onboard the Potemkin that inspired the October Revolution.

Dr. Zhivago (1965): David Lean's controversial, lush interpretation of Boris Pasternak's novel pits star-crossed lovers Omar Sharif and Julie Christie against the Russian Revolution.

The Last Command (1928): A Tsarist general, played by the famous silent film actor Emil Jannings, flees Russia after the Bolsheviks come to power and ends up a as bit player in Hollywood.

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971): An intimate study of the hapless Tsar Nicholas II, overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

October: 10 Days That Shook The World (1927): This silent documentary-style Soviet-era classic about the events leading up to the October Revolution is, like Battleship Potemkin, famous for its inventive use of montage imagery.

Reds (1981): Warren Beatty's lifelong project tackles the Russian Revolution through the eyes of John Reed, the American journalist who went to Russia and wrote Ten Days That Shook The World.

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New TV Shows @ AADL

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:17pm

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they popular, new, or classics. Here are some new-to-AADL series that you might want on your list:

Westworld, Season 1
A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits. Based on the film by Michael Crichton. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris.

24: Legacy, Season 1
An adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil, in the same real-time format that propelled the original genre-defining series.

The Good Place, Season 1
The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael, the wise architect of the Good Place who doesn't know he's made a mistake, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome, or at least the pretty good, person within. Starring Kristen Bell andTed Danson.

Dark Matter, Seasons 1 & 2
Buried in the black murk of space, a stowed-away crew suddenly awakens from stasis aboard the castaway space ship known as the "Raza". With no memory of their pasts or why they are onboard in the first place, this rag-tag crew has no choice but to roam the frontiers of the galaxy searching for answers. On their voyage they encounter rebel space armies, a zombiefied ship crew, derelict androids, and intergalactic bounty hunters, all attempting to pull the team further from the truth.

Restless, Parts 1 & 2
A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

American Gods, Season 1
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, Shadow is hired as Mr. Wednesday's bodyguard. He finds himself in a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, and where Mr. Wednesday is building an army to reclaim his lost glory. Starring Crispin Glover and Gillian Anderson.

Marcella, Season 1
An emotionally damaged ex-police detective goes back on the job after her seemingly happy marriage falls apart to investigate a serial killer.

Last Man Standing, Seasons 1-4
Mike Baxter, world voyager and one daredevil of a marketing director ... is about to face his greatest challenge yet-- his family. After Mike's wife, Vanessa ..., receives a promotion at work, Mike must spend more time in his female-dominated household. With years of advice and guidance from their nurturing mother, Mike's three daughters are not prepared for their old-fashioned, hotheaded father to take over. Starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

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TV Spotlight: This Is Us

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:51pm

This Is Us is now airing its second season on NBC, but you might want to start with season one. I have thoroughly enjoyed this show much more than I thought I would, and the buzz around the show is fully warranted. I recommend reading as little about it as you can, and then just dive in. Not knowing much about the premise or the set-up will pay off in the end. So, with that in mind, here's the gist.

The show is about family, relationships, and life. But it's done in such a creative, thoughtful way that interweaves lives and timelines as the season progress. The characters are so lovable, you can't help but root for them as life's challenges come their way. Every episode had me both smiling and crying. The show recently picked up two Emmy Awards for acting and casting, because wow, these actors do an amazing job and there is such chemistry among them on screen.

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More New TV Shows @ AADL

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:43pm

Holy mackerel! More new TV shows have hit the catalog! We are always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they popular, new, or classics. Here are more new-to-AADL series:

Jonny Quest, Season 1
TV's first animated action-adventure series. The Quest family's globe-trotting adventures have them travel to exotic locations and face a gallery of sinister villains with their science and detective style logic to solve the mysteries.

The Son, Season 1
The sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. Starring Pierce Brosnan.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove, Season 1
Centers on one man's obsessive recollections of a mysterious children's television program from the 1980s, which almost no one seems to remember. He grows increasingly suspicious of the role it may have played in a series of nightmarish events from his childhood, including the disappearance of his twin brother.

Timeless, Season 1
Intent on destroying America, by changing history, a mysterious criminal, Flynn, steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine. The only hope of stopping him lies with an unexpected team: Lucy, a history professor; Wyatt, a soldier; and Rufus, a scientist, who must use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to ensure critical events remain un-changed.

Andromedea, Season 1
Captain Hunt and the crew of the Starship Andromeda set out on a mission to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth 300 years after its fall.

Lethal Weapon, Season 1
TV show based on the popular Lethal Weapon films in which a slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low stress level in his life. Starring Damon Wayans.

Ned and Stacey, The Complete Series
What happens when two people hate each other at first sight? They get married, of course, the fast and funny, shotgun marriage-of-convenience sitcom. Ned Dorsey is a pompous advertising executive who needs a wife to get promoted. Stacey Colbert is a ditzy freelance writer desperate to move away from her parents. So what happens one week after these strangers meet? They become in-name-only newlyweds with a great new job and a terrific view of Central Park. Starring Debra Messing and Thomas Haden Church.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.