Indieflix Improvements

Last year, we announced our new service for streaming videos, Indieflix, which offers independent films, documentaries, and some classic movies. At that time, Indieflix could only be streamed online through a browser. Now, however, they’ve added an app to Roku, AppleTV, and XBox, so you can watch via your television. Awesome-sauce!

Make sure you have an Indieflix account through the Library, and then add the app to your device. You will have to go online to get a verification code through your account, but once that’s done, you’ll be able to stream on your TV. Now, get out there and watch some movies!

Hello (and Happy Birthday) Dolly!

Beloved country music star, actress, and all-around cool chick Dolly Parton turns 71 today. She’s definitely an iconoclast – someone who knows how to break the rules and look good doing it! In celebration, here are a few items you should check out:

MUSIC

Eagle When She Flies

Backwoods Barbie

Those Were the Days

Dolly: The Collection (download through Freegal)

The Essential Dolly (download through Freegal)

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MOVIES

9 to 5

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Joyful Noise

Take Ten: Myths Made Over

Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse

If mythology is just Greek to you, maybe you need to approach it in a different way. Instead of trying to remember a list of gods and their attributes from 8th grade, try one of the following contemporary fiction books instead. Reading the following stories – all novels based on Greek myth – about the interactions between mortals and the immortals will probably be more exciting than browsing through a wikipedia page (or that 8th grade textbook…).

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Alcestis – Katharine Beutner

  • Greek heroine Alcetis, known as the good wife because she loved her husband so much that she died to save his life, tells about her childhood, her marriage to the young king of Pherae, and what happened during the three days she spent in the underworld before being rescued by Heracles.

Helen of Troy – Margaret George

  • Married at a tender age to the Spartan king Menelaus, the beautiful Helen bears him a daughter and anticipates a passionless marriage before falling in love with the Trojan prince Paris, with whom she flees to Troy with devastating consequences.

The King Must Die – Mary Renault

  • Theseus joins the bull-dancers in Crete and takes advantage of an earthquake to overthrow the kingdom.

Lord of the Silver Bow – David Gemmell

  • A retelling of the legend of the Trojan War chronicles the exploits of Aeneas, the Lord of the Silver Bow, a powerful warrior known as Helikaon to his friends, as he engages Argurious, a warrior of Agamemnon, in a battle to the death.

The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason

  • A brilliant and beguiling reimagining of Homer’s classic story about the hero Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.

Olympos – Dan Simmons

  • Achilles and Hector lay seige to the home of the gods, inadvertently triggering a massive conflict between humanity and such powerful beings as Setebos, Prospero, and Caliban.

Penelope’s Daughter – Laurel Corona

  • With her father, Odysseus, away and her mother, Penelope, dealing with power-hungry suitors, Xanthe barricades herself in her room and reminisces about her eventful life, from her humble upbringing among slaves to her years spent in hiding with Helen of Troy to the passion of sexual awakening in the arms of the man she loves.

Ransom – David Malouf

  • A reimagining of the story of Priam’s effort to claim the slain body of his son finds the grief-stricken Achilles striking out against Hector after the death of Patroclus during the siege of Troy, an act that results in a powerful confrontation.

Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

  • Patroclus, an awkward young prince, follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate. Set during the Trojan War.

War at Troy – Lindsay Clarke

  • A retelling of the wars fought for the Bronze Age city follows the stories of Paris, Helen, Agamemnon, Clytaemnestra, Achilles, Odysseus, and Hector, in an epic tale in which quarrels among immortal gods mirror the conflicts of the human heart.

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The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1960

I know it’s a little cold out – and our snow has stuck around a lot longer than we probably thought it would – but we should dust off the Way Back Machine anyway and take it for a spin. Of course, we should make it worth the effort, so let’s go all the way back to 1960. Here’s some info to remind you of what the world looked like then…

  • Eisenhower was serving his last month in office after 8-years.
  • The world population was at 3 billion (today, we’ve more than doubled at 7.4 million).
  • Notable births included: Bono, Ian Rankin, Nigella Lawson

Without further ado, here are the New York Times best sellers for the week of December 25, 1960.

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FICTION

1. Hawaii by James Michener

2. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase

5. The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

6. The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart

7. Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes

8. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

9. The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampedusa

10. Sermons and Soda Water by John O’Hara

11. The Listener by Taylor Caldwell

12. Pomp and Circumstance by Noel Coward

13. The Nylon Pirates by Nicholas Monsarrat

14. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

15. The House of Five Talents by Louis Auchincloss

16. The Side of the Angels by Alexander Fedoroff

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NONFICTION

1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

2. The Waste Makers by Vance Packard

3. Born Free by Joy Adamson

4. Baruch: The Public Years by Bernard M Baruch

5. The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

6. The Snake Has all the Lines by Jean Kerr

7. The Politics of Upheaval by Arthur Schlesinger

8. Vanity Fair by Cleveland Amory and Frederic Brad Lee

9. Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

10. Taken at the Flood by John Gunther

11. Enjoy, Enjoy! by Harry Golden

12. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

13. My Wilderness by William O. Douglas

14. Felix Frankfurter Reminisces by Felix Frankfurt

15. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas

16. The Liberal Hour by John Kenneth Galbraith

Artistworks!

artistworksIt’s never too early to talk about resolutions, right? Well, in case you’re starting to think about learning something new (whether or not you actually craft the idea into a resolution), you might want to pick up an instrument – and then pick up a book or two on lessons. You now also have the option of an online lesson, courtesy of our newest service, ArtistWorks.

Artistworks offers beginning to intermediate lessons – for kids as well as adults – in a variety of musical instruction. There is also a course on art, in case you’re interested in expressing your creativity along those lines. Create an account using your Library card, and start learning right away!

From piano to guitar to voice, you’re sure to find the course that “artistworks” for you!

Book Club

We’re entering a new year of book club next month, so we thought we’d try and spice things up a little with our January read, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. We’ll be discussing this book at 5:30 PM on January 10, so pick up a copy and drop in for refreshments and a lively conversation.

If you can’t make it into the Library physically, you can still share your opinion. If you have a Goodreads account, check out our Group – TFPL Book Posse – and comment on our thread there. You can also leave a comment on our Book Club Jan 2017 page here. And, as we get closer to Jan 10, we’ll give you opportunities to share with us through Facebook and Twitter.

Whether online or in person, we hope you join us in a great book discussion!

Pearl Harbor Attack at 75 Years

USS Arizona, at height of fire, following Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (LOT 11710-1; Library of Congress)

This year marks the 75th Anniversary (Dec 7), and with that milestone comes a number of books written about the event and its aftermath. Pick up one of these titles – both new and classic – to learn more about the “Day of Infamy.”

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At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor – Gordon W. Prange

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack – Steve Twomey

Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor – Robert B. Stinnett

Day of Infamy – Walter Lord

Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl, and the Boys Who Went to War – Brian Curtis

A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family’s Quest for Justice – Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, 1941 – Stanley Weintraub

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness – Craig Nelson

Seven Days of Infamy: Pearl Harbor Across the World – Nicholas Best

Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor – James M. Scott