Rowayton Library Recommends

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality

October 29, 2019

Suffragette: the Battle for Equality by David Roberts is a fascinating, extensive look at the history of women’s efforts to secure the right to vote. The courageous early suffragettes are a great example of the value of persistence, as it was years before they were taken seriously. The UK and the US rights were won in 1918 and 1920 respectively, but that did not include African American women. It would take the voting rights act passed 40 years later to secure their rights.

(Non-Fiction)

If Elephants Disappeared

October 29, 2019

If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams is an excellent introduction to the forest elephant, a keystone species whose eating, walking and pooping shape their environment. They are threatened by aggressive poaching despite being protected. The book takes a speculative look at what would happen to the forest if they disappeared. There are glossaries and fact sections at the end that further explain the plight of these extraordinary creatures.

(Non-Fiction)

Who is the Mystery Reader

October 29, 2019

Who is the Mystery Reader by Mo Willems is the first of the Unlimited Squirrels series. The wonderful and heroic mystery reader takes early readers on a frolic through the challenges of reading and writing as he teaches a group of squirrels about the art of sounding out letters and learning to read. This book is packed with silly jokes and a fair amount of information on how the author thinks up a story. The whimsical characters are classic Willems and a delightful start to this series. You can't go wrong with a mask and underpants to give you the courage to read an important sign!

(Early Reader)

There's a Dragon in My Dinner

October 29, 2019

There’s a Dragon in My Dinner by Tom Nicoll, illustrated by Sarah Horne starts innocently enough with an order of Chinese take--out. A surprising lifelike toy finds its way into Eric's pants pocket and changes his life. Pan the mini dragon is talented at video games, weeding, flame burping, and advice-giving. Belatedly Eric reads they are very stubborn and do not make good pets. They certainly make interesting friends. This is the beguiling first in a new early chapter book series. You can follow it with There’s a Dragon in My Backpack.

(Early Reader)

Frank and Bean

October 29, 2019

Frank and Bean by Jamie Michalak, illustrated by Bob Kolar, follow the winding path to a friendship between very quiet Frank and very loud budding musician Bean. Frank treasures his alone time and the secret book he writes in. He might realize his life is a bit lonesome but he is content. Here come Bean and his instruments to rock his world! Bean doesn't always hear well so there is ample opportunity for wordplay in this "far out" early reader. It doesn't take too long for them to realize they can help each other by combining talents. Here come the Chili Dogs!

(Early Reader)

Super Sloth

October 29, 2019

Super Sloth by Robert Starling begins when an ordinary sloth finds a book about superheroes and reads it carefully. He is just in time as anteater has been stealing mangoes and taking them to his lair, where even the guards have guards. Sloth’s antic efforts to help his friends retrieve their mangoes are not always successful but eventually (emphasis on eventually) all is right in the world. You don’t have to be fast--just smart.

Saturday

October 29, 2019

Saturday by Oge Mora explains the importance of Saturday to a young girl whose mother works six days a week. This special Saturday turns out to be anything but splendid as all their plans go spectacularly awry.  Just as the disappointments threaten to be overwhelming they come back to the most important part of the day--being together. They manage to cleverly salvage the key event and wrap up another special Saturday. The vibrant collage-like illustrations are special.

Rabbit and the Motorbike

October 29, 2019

Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler with art by Sarah Jacoby is a story about stories and grief. It’s beautifully illustrated and perfectly captures the uncertainty of stepping outside your comfort zone. Rabbit has always depended on his friend Dog’s motorbike journeys to give him a glimpse of the outside world he is afraid to enter. He loves his wheat field but a page turns and his life is sadly changed. He faces his fears, tries something new and finds the road to acceptance and new friends.

Love and the Rocking Chair

October 29, 2019

Love and the Rocking Chair by Leo and Diane Dillon is a lovely testament to the love of family over the generations. It all starts with a rocking chair bought in anticipation of the arrival of a first child. A chair is a wondrous place in which to be comforted and read. As the child grows up and leaves the house the chair ends up in the attic, but is not forgotten as a new baby arrives to warm the house. Based on actual events in the authors’ lives, this book will resonate with all parents and children who love a good snuggle with a parent and a book.

Jump!

October 29, 2019

Jump! by Tatsuhide Matsuoka is a celebration of movement. Everyone gets the chance to “boing!!”. The enthusiasm of the different animals is contagious; young board book readers will enjoy seeing how high everyone can go!

Eee-Moo!

October 29, 2019

Eee-Moo! by Annika Dunklee & Brian Wong is the story of a lovable, lost platypus. Born on a farm where he is unhelpfully christened by a pig and cow, he thinks he is an emu and sets off to find his people. Children will be fascinated by his journey as he uses all available forms of transport to arrive at an emu farm. You can imagine the birds’ reaction when he announces he is an emu. A helpful koala takes him on the last leg of his journey to a happy reunion. This is a very appealing read aloud.

Driftwood Days

October 29, 2019

Driftwood Days by William Miniver, illustrated by Charles Vess follows a branch as it swirls away down a river. Throughout the seasons, it serves many purposes for the birds and animals living on or near the river. A young boy who first saw it as a branch comes across it again on vacation when it comes full circle as a piece of driftwood from the sea. There are lots of teachable moments about nature and the industrious beaver who got the stick’s trip started.

AdoraBull

October 29, 2019

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald, illustrated by Alex Willmore is so cute! Alfred the bull and Tom, the young farmer’s son, are inseparable pals. One alarming day Tom starts school and Alfred is left alone. It gets worse--Tom wants an “adorable” pet and Alfred desperately tries to fit the bill. Fetching hairdos are not the ticket though so Alfred is pretty discouraged. Naturally, an adorable pet saves everyone's day and all is well. The irresistible pictures add to this winsome tale.

Rustic, Joyful Food, My Heart's Table

October 26, 2019

Rustic Joyful Food, My Heart’s Table by Danielle Kartes is one of the books selected for the November 14thCookbook Club pot luck lunch. Please join us! The recipes are beautifully photographed, imaginative, flexible and based on the caramelized leek and bacon tart we made, delicious. She is a young mother who understands that tasty does not have to mean complicated. Her baseline dishes such as a Thai rice salad are suitable for any number of add ons.

(Cookbook-part of our new Cookbook Club)

Milk Street The New Rules--Recipes That Will Change How You Cook

October 26, 2019

Milk Street The New Rules--Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Christopher Kimball starts with 75 no-nonsense tips for bolder cooking that are tagged in recipes throughout the book. The goal of their recipes is to incorporate a diversity of tastes, textures, and sensations. It relies on heavy use of spices and seasonings that turn classics like pork tenderloin into global flavor bombs. There is a great hack on spaghetti carbonara that lightens it up. This is a fun book for cooks of all levels.

(Cookbook)

The Storm On Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of WWII

October 26, 2019

The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers and the Forgotten Battle of WWII by Mark Obmascik is the riveting story of the battle for Attu--the desolate, relentlessly cold Aleutian island the Japanese invaded. It’s principally the story of a soldier from each side of the conflict, a Japanese surgeon trained in the US and a Marine from Appalachia. Their lives intersect in a redemptive, compassionate second half of the book. The writing on the agonizing horrors of war and subsequent efforts to find closure is amazing and heartbreaking.

Suggested additional reading: The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton, a superb novel about the only battle in WWII to take place on American soil, and The Railway Man by Eric Lomax about WWII in Asia and an act of extraordinary forgiveness.

(Non-Fiction)

Saving Jemima--Life and Love with a Hard Luck Jay

October 26, 2019

Saving Jemima--Life and Love with a Hard Luck Jay by Julie Zickefoose is tailor-made for back yard birders who can proudly identify the blue jay but don’t know too much about the species. The book describes the author’s journey as she takes on the rehabilitation of an abandoned young jay. She and her family lose their heart to Jemima, who is willful, intrepid and unwittingly hilarious. The author is a gifted naturalist and illustrator; the drawings and photos in the book are priceless. There is so much to be learned about our backyard birds, and this is a wonderful place to start.

(Non-Fiction)

Our Dogs, Ourselves

October 26, 2019

Our Dogs, Ourselves by Alexandra Horowitz is an eye-opening collection of essays. She runs the canine lab at Barnard and has spent a lifetime trying to understand what dogs are telling us. We have been linked with our canine companions for thousands of years but do not always know what they are thinking. We love them but they are legal property to do with what we wish. She has combined hard science with anecdotes picked up while dog walking or working in her lab. This is both an educational and entertaining read.

(Non-Fiction)

Good Husbandry

October 26, 2019

Good Husbandry by Kristin Kimball is a winner. For those who read The Dirty Life, it's a chance to pick up on her story after ten years. For anyone else, it’s an opportunity to do a deep dive into contemporary farming. She and her husband Mark own Essex Farm in upstate New York and raise a variety of crops and animals for a CSA of 300 people. The amazing amount of work that is involved in a successful farm is awe-inspiring. The number of important factors you have no control over (weather being the big one), combined with the sheer physical labor involved gives you a real appreciation for the people growing the food we eat. She is a great writer--highly recommended.

(Non-Fiction)

Takes One to Know One

October 26, 2019

Takes One to Know One by Susan Isaacs is a stitch. Her trademark comedy and acid observations of suburban life are given full throttle in her character Corie Geller. She’s a retired FBI agent now happily married and raising a teenage stepdaughter. Yet something along the lines of “is this all there is” nags at her. Her radar identifies a potential skanky guy sitting in the middle of her weekly small business meeting. The high-speed plot takes off from there. It’s a potent combination of hilarious and thrilling.

The Poison Garden

October 26, 2019

The Poison Garden by A.J. Banner is a psychological thriller by a real master of this genre.  Principally set on a drippy, slightly spooky island off Seattle it reeks of tension. Elise, newly married to Kieran, the island doctor, has her world turned upside down early on. She is the proprietor of an herbal apothecary and knowledgeable about all kinds of nefarious plant life, a talent she inherited from her mother. As evil draws closer she has to use every advantage to stay ahead of those who seem to wish her ill. There are other interesting characters to round out the cast, and the plot speeds along taking lots of unexpected twists. This is lots of fun!

The Night Fire

October 26, 2019

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly is another winner from this author of expert police procedurals. He never seems to run out of original plots, complicated characters and as always, a searing look at Los Angeles--the city that always disappoints Harry Bosch. Renee Ballard is the LAPD cop who returns to assist Harry on a cold case while he recovers from knee surgery. He's been aging in his books so he is more physically limited each time. He has his hands on a murder book from his original mentor and the hunt is on. As always, highly recommended.

Girl

October 26, 2019

Girl  by Edna O’Brien is ripped from the headlines. The narrator is a young Nigerian girl who is part of a group kidnapped by Boko Haram. It focuses on the emotional lives of women and girls enduring the most horrific circumstances. Spare, perfect prose describes the hellish life they lead as the women are subject to the cruel whims of the Boko Haram warriors. It’s believable because it actually happened in 2014 and is still happening now. This relatively short novel packs a wallop.

The Dutch House

October 26, 2019

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is beautifully written. The narrator is one of two extremely close siblings who spend a few years at the grand house their father bought to surprise their mother. Danny and Maeve live a privileged but lonely life until a wicked stepmother shows up and promptly exiles them from the house. Danny is close to Maeve, who protects him fiercely, perhaps a bit too much. This is a story of a family over five decades who can’t let go of the past, even when it circles and comes back. It's a well-crafted character study with lots of wry humor. Not a lot always happens but it is a gripping read.

Bomber's Moon

October 26, 2019

Bomber’s Moon by Archer Mayor is a terrific addition to the Joe Gunther series. Set in southern VT, the cast of well-developed characters is wide-ranging, original and supporting of interwoven storylines. Joe Gunther is still very much the main character but he is joined by a reporter and a private investigator, both female, all of whom are trying to solve a series of murders that started with the killing of a small-time drug dealer. A strong sense of place has always anchored this series, and as the pages turn the dark side of VT is unveiled.

Toy Story 4 Animated Childrens Movie (G) 100 minutes

October 24, 2019

TOY STORY 4 – ANIMATED CHILDREN’s MOVIE (G) Great Family Movie Viewing! Woody (v: Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that's Andy or Bonnie. But then Bonnie adds a reluctant new craft-turned-toy called "Forky" (v: Tony Hale) to her toy collection, a toy who declares himself “trash”. The family’s road trip excursion turns into an adventure with the whole gang of toys along. Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (v: Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, perhaps Bo's adventurous spirit can help Woody out of a mess? When it comes to life as a toy, old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

The Angry Birds Movie-Animated Children's Movie (PG) 97 minutes

October 24, 2019

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE ANIMATED CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) in this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds--or almost entirely! Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Rude humor and action in this film.

Shetland Season 5 (NR) 360 minutes

October 24, 2019

SHETLAND, Season 5 – Series (NR) A severed hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a hold-all that has been dumped at sea. Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshaw) and his team DS MacIntosh and DC Wilson (Alison O’Donnell and Steven Robertson) begin a complex murder investigation. Add to that, a dead young Nigerian man, drugs and sex trafficking.

Queens of Mystery Season 1 (New Series) (NR) 275 minutes

October 24, 2019

QUEENS OF MYSTERY, Season 1 –NEW Series  (NR) RELEASE OCT. 29th follows the entertaining adventures of Beth, Cat and Jane Stone, three crime-writing sisters, and their 28-year old niece, Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Using their extensive knowledge of crime--both real and fictional--they solve whodunit style murders in the picturesque English village of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they can crack, the mystery that haunts them all is that of Matilda's mother's disappearance. Between investigating murders from the curious to the bizarre and writing their renowned novels, the three aunts also attempt to help their perennially single niece find love.

Wanted (R) 110 minutes

October 24, 2019

WANTED – MOVIE (R) DVD & BLU RAY Wesley's (James McAvoy) life is over--his pathetic, old one, anyway. Fortunately, it is all because of a girl. Enter sizzling-hot Fox (Angelina Jolie), who crashes into his life and introduces him to the Fraternity, a secret society of assassins, led by the enigmatic Sloan (Morgan Freeman). Seems Wes's long-lost father was killed while working for the Fraternity and Wes has been selected to target the rogue member who murdered him. But before he can complete his assignment, Wes must first uncover the dark secrets behind the Fraternity to determine his destiny.

Stuber (R) 93 minutes

October 24, 2019

STUBER MOVIE (R) When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he's thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.

The Art of Self-Defense (R) 104 minutes

October 24, 2019

THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE –MOVIE (R) Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes. After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality, and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor

Annabelle Comes Home (R) 106 minutes

October 24, 2019

ANNABELLE COMES HOME –MOVIE (R) Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target--the Warrens’ ten year- old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

Scooby Doo: Return to Zombie Island-Animated Children's Series (NR) 72 minutes

October 6, 2019

SCOOBY-DOO!: RETURN TO ZOMBIE ISLAND  Animated Children’s Series (NR) Scooby-Doo and the gang come out of retirement to solve more mysteries together. When they run out of mysteries, they head to the remote island they visited before for a nice relaxing vacation. While there, the resort is attacked by a bunch of zombies.

Aladdin (PG) 128 minutes

October 6, 2019

ALADDIN  CHILDREN’s MOVIE (PG) This thrilling live-action adaptation of the characters and tale you know and love from Disney's animated classic. A street rat, Aladdin (Mena Massoud), frees a genie (Will Smith) from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince to marry the beautiful princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). But soon, the evil sorcerer Jabar (Marwan Kenzari) and his sidekick parrot, Iago (Alan Tudyk) become hell-bent on securing the lamp for his sinister purposes. With some new songs and expanded plot, this delightful story will make for a wonderful night of family fun.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am-Documentary (PG-13) 120 minutes

October 6, 2019

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM  DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel Prize prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ‘70's-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her riverfront writing room-Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her literature. Inspired to write because no one took a "little black girl" seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature, and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works. Notable Awards received: Nobel Prize for Literature; Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Maiden-Documentary (PG) 97 minutes

October 6, 2019

MAIDEN DOCUMENTARY (PG) SAILING! In 1989, the Whitbread Round the World Race was considered to be the most dangerous sailing competition on earth. When 26-year-old Tracy Edwards wanted to participate, she was met with resistance and sexism--no team would take her. Left with no other choice, she started an all-female crew, one who would not only take on the vast and foreboding ocean, but also the doubts and attacks from their male competitors and press. In this incredible true story, watch Edwards and her crew attempt to turn the impossible into reality as they take on fifty-foot waves, icebergs and all of the dangers of the great and powerful sea. Stunning, Emotional and Celebratory film!

Armstrong-Documentary (NR) 98 minutes

October 6, 2019

ARMSTRONG  DOCUMENTARY (NR)  Featuring the voice of Harrison Ford, this dramatic, moving and the insightful film tells the definitive life story of Neil Armstrong: From his childhood in rural Ohio, through aerial combat in Korea, to his first steps on the Moon, and unwanted celebrity status that ensued. It also contains bonus features with additional and deleted scenes and behind the scenes as well. The Mission You Know. The Man You Don't.

Spring Tide: Season 1 (NR) 434 minutes

October 6, 2019

SPRING TIDE, Season 1  NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES (NR) Swedish or English Subtitles. 1990, under the glow of a full moon, a sadistic murder is committed on Nordkoster Island: a young pregnant woman is buried in the sand and slowly drowns as the tide rises. 25 years later, the case remains unsolved. Rookie police officer Olivia Rönning (Julia Ragnarsson) gets assigned to it during training and becomes obsessed when she discovers that her father, who died years prior, worked on the original investigation. She knows she has to find the lead investigator and begins a dogged search for the former detective, Tom Stilton (Kjell Bergqvist). Her biggest obstacle is the fact that he’s homeless and wants nothing to do with his old life. Their unlikely friendship brings them closer to solving the Beach Case, but what they discover has unimaginable consequences for Olivia.

Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 450 minutes

October 6, 2019

SHAKESPEARE & HATHAWAY: Private Investigators, Season 1 NEW SERIES (NR) Private Investigator Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) has always worked alone, but he isn't doing so well at the moment. Frank is off his game and lows on cash--he needs a partner. Enter ex-hairdresser Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) who will turn his world around-he just doesn't know it yet. When the two join forces to investigate the criminals and surprisingly high drama in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the two quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town.

ManHunt (NR) 141 minutes

October 6, 2019

MANHUNT NEW MINISERIES (NR) This chilling mystery based on true events that rocked Britain. The battered body of a French student is found on Twickenham Green in London, hardworking and humble DCI Collin Sutton (Martin Clunes) is appointed the lead detective on his first big case. After connecting the young woman’s murder to a previous attack, Sutton embarks on a quest to catch a serial killer.  With the press in a frenzy and the public demanding answers, his team grows discouraged as they find no motive, witnesses or forensic evidence. But Sutton’s commitment never wavers, often at the expense of his relationship with his wife (Claudie Blakley). Realistically portraying the ins and outs of police investigations, this thriller tells the story of one detective’s uncompromising search for justice.

The Good Fight: Season 3 (NR) 545 minutes

October 6, 2019

THE GOOD FIGHT: SEASON THREE Series (NR) The world went crazy in the second season, and now, in Season 3, the resistance does! Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.

Elementary: The Final Season (NR) 549 minutes

October 6, 2019

ELEMENTARY: THE FINAL SEASON SERIES (NR) A LOGICAL CONCLUSION! The final season finds Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) returning to the place where Sherlock's storied legend began-London. Having lied and confessed to a murder he did not commit-to protect Watson's good name-Sherlock moved back to England to avoid jail time. Loyal Dr. Joan Watson followed him across the pond, where the detective duo jumps right into more intriguing cases and encounters a slate of clever criminals, relentless adversaries, and at least one old nemesis. Back in New York, Captain Thomas Gregson (Aidan Quinn) and Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill) feel the absence of their former consultants, but it may not be too long before unorthodox crimes and common enemies bring the foursome back together. Witness the unique evolution of this classic team and hit series!

Billions Season 4 (NR) 693 minutes

October 6, 2019

BILLIONS, SEASON 4 SERIES  (NR) When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. Former enemies Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), and Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), the chief counselor to each, have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, including Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich), Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), Bryan Connerty (Toby Leonard Moore) and Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat (Clancy  Brown). All the characters find out exactly how high a price they'll have to pay to satisfy their ambition.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (PG-13) 114 minutes

October 6, 2019

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX MOVIE (PG-13)  Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence fire up an all-star cast in this spectacular culmination of the X-Men saga! During a rescue mission in space, Jean Grey (Turner) is transformed into the infinitely powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. As Jean spirals out of control, the X-Men must unite to face their most devastating enemy yet--one of their own.

Yesterday (PG-13) 117 minutes

October 6, 2019

YESTERDAY MOVIE  (PG-13) Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

The Tomorrow Man (PG-13) 96 minutes

October 6, 2019

THE TOMORROW MAN  MOVIE (PG-13) Ed Hemsler (John Lithgow) spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come, and Ronnie Meisner (Blythe Danner) spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (PG-13) 129 minutes

October 6, 2019

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME MOVIE (PG-13) Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Shaft (R) 111 minutes

October 6, 2019

SHAFT MOVIE (R) Shaft is the coolest private eye on any New York City block.  JJ, Aka John Shaft Jr, (Jessie T. Usher), maybe a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

Plus, One (NR) 98 minutes

October 6, 2019

PLUS, ONE  MOVIE (NR) COMEDY-ROMANCE: Single college friends Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice (Maya Erskine) band together to survive a summer full of weddings in which everyone around them seems to be coupling off, including Ben's dad (Ed Begley). Each serves as the other's date to help them navigate speeches, photo booths and prospective hookups until they realize they have great chemistry with each other.

Never Look Away (R) 189 minutes

October 6, 2019

NEVER LOOK AWAY MOVIE (R) A sweeping romantic historical drama, following thirty years in the life of a great artist (loosely based on Gerhard Richter, one of the 20th century's most admired visual artists) aka: Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling), The film goes from his childhood witnessing Nazi Germany, to post-war East Berlin, where he falls in love with a young woman, Ellie (Paula Beer) whose father is revered Professor Seeband, (Sebastian Koch), who is in hiding as an ex-Nazi murderer, to escape to the West at the time of the Berlin Wall, and ultimately being part of the exciting new movement in contemporary art. Inspired by real events, and spanning three eras of German history.

Mary Magdalene (R) 120 minutes

October 6, 2019

MARY MAGDALENE  MOVIE (R) Joaquin Phoenix as Christ. Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene is one of the most transformative yet misunderstood women in history. Alternately vilified as a sinner and canonized as a saint. For the first time, the incredible story of Mary Magdalene is told through her own eyes. As the free-spirited Mary flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, she finds refuge and purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus. The sole woman among the band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Boldly challenges perceived wisdom. A moving and rapturous account of a woman who risked everything to follow her faith.

John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (R) 131 minutes

October 6, 2019

JOHN WICK Chapter 3: PARABELLUM MOVIE (R) In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action of super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves), he now has a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. Excommunicated after killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild by the High Table, John Wick is being hunted down by the world's most ruthless hit men and women awaiting his every turn.

Chernobyl (G) 124 minutes

October 6, 2019

CHERNOBYL MOVIE (G) CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

Prairie Boy--Frank Lloyd Wright Turns a Heartland into a Home (Non-Fiction/Informational)

September 26, 2019

Prairie Boy--Frank Lloyd Wright Turns a Heartland Into a Home by Barb Rosenstock and Christopher Neal is a biography of the famous architect. In his youth, he was fascinated by the shapes and colors of the prairie. As he trained to be an architect he felt the houses being built were not reflective of the American spirit. Thus his distinctive style was born and embraced by many. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Firefighter's Handbook (Non-Fiction/Informational)

September 26, 2019

Firefighter’s Handbook by Meghan McCarthy is an introduction to life as a firefighter. It starts with the training and then shows all the equipment and different types of trucks in a typical firehouse. Clear illustrations explain each section and reinforce the challenging aspects of the job. Any junior firefighter will find lots of important firefighting facts in this accessible book. (Non-Fiction/Informational)

Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy (Early Reader)

September 26, 2019

Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy by Todd Arnold finds Buzz trying to figure out what happened to his little pet fly. Fly Guy has eaten something that made him 50 feet tall! Oh no! They need to solve this problem quickly before the fly guy is arrested for being monstrous. Follow the fly in this humorous early reader that continues a beloved series. (Early Readers)

Why?

September 26, 2019

Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seger will strike a chord with anyone who spends time with youngsters. An eager rabbit is constantly asking his friend bear “why?” things are the way they are. Bear is the soul of patience as he explains the logic behind eating honey, watching stars and a myriad of other activities. Bear always seems to have an answer that satisfies rabbit until it’s time to hibernate and he is the one asking “why.” The illustrations are particularly endearing, capturing the exuberance of the bunny and the kind and even-tempered bear.

Who Wet My Pants

September 26, 2019

Who Wet My Pants by Bob Shea is a hoot. Reuben is desperately trying to find someone to blame for his wet pants, which he is adamant he had nothing to do with. His fellow scouts try to convince him it's just an accident but he is sure there's a cover-up. Feeling damp and uncomfortable doesn't help. The comical story of his day makes everything clear and he resolves his dilemma by deciding the pants were broken in the first place. All is forgotten when the donuts are distributed!

Thunder Trucks

September 26, 2019

Thunder Trucks by Cheryl Klein and Katy Beebe is an imaginative tale about a group of trucks creating a storm. Rhyming text describes each truck's role in the noise, rain, and hail of a big tempest. Primary colors and energetic vehicles reinforce the excitement of loud trucks doing an important job. This is a great read-aloud.

The Tale of the Tiger Slippers

September 26, 2019

The Tale of the Tiger Slippers by Jan Brett is a beautiful book full of her trademark lush, highly colored paintings. It is a retelling of a classic Persian folktale called Abu Kassem’s Slippers. She has populated her tale with tigers and other exotic birds and beasts. The detail in the paintings is wonderful and the story is lovely. The tiger has a treasured pair of slippers his mother made that as they age don't always pass muster for special occasions. Eventually, his clever son figures out what to do with them to honor their maker.

Grandpa's Top Threes

September 26, 2019

Grandpa’s Top Threes by Wendy Meddour, beautifully illustrated by Daniel Egneus, is a sweet story about the relationship between a small boy and his beloved grandfather. At first, he has trouble tearing Grandpa from his garden, but the promise of his top three sandwiches lures him away. They have tremendous fun listing their top three items in many categories, right to the end with a heartwarming tribute to enduring love.

Fly!

September 26, 2019

Fly! by Mark Teague is a wordless laugh riot. A young robin catapults himself out of his nest. His annoyed parent swoops down to explain how to get back up by flying, but the fledgling is having none of it. He has increasingly fanciful ideas about how he can get air born, get to FL before winter (bird on a bike!) and is unmoved by the warnings about scary predators. He is stubborn and sure it is all manageable without taking wing. But he’s wrong…

Everyone Counts

September 26, 2019

Everyone Counts by Judy Sierra slyly conceals counting practice in high energy fun. A tiger cub sets out to repurpose a tumbledown mall into a zoo. He enlists help from other members of the animal kingdom who eagerly begin construction. The insects want to help too but they are pushed aside as useless. Of course, they save the day, and the cub exalts “our zoo is the best because everyone counts!”

Big Nate Hug it Out

September 26, 2019

Big Nate Hug it Out by Lincoln Pierce starts with the funniest gerbil opinions ever. Next up are the hilarious grandparents who don't take much very seriously, making them perfect chaperones for adolescents on a trip to a museum. School provides an endless source of amusing setups for Nate and his sixth-grade pals. One of the best is the tutoring section. There is a laugh on every page of this graphic novel.

Apple Cake: A Gratitude

September 26, 2019

Apple Cake: a Gratitude by Dawn Casey is a joyous, rhyming romp through all the contributing factors that ultimately result in a delicious apple cake. Bees, flowers, water, farmers, hens, family and friends all get their due. Whimsical illustrations and a recipe complete a charming book about sharing the bounty.

The Perfect Pie

September 14, 2019

The Perfect Pie by America's Test Kitchen has arrived just in time for the holidays. If you ever hesitated to make your crust this is the book for you. The instructions are clear and there is a real comfort in knowing the recipes are on the page only after having been tested hundreds of times. All the classic pies are here, as well as more unusual ones and pies for the more advanced cook. Handsome photographs and a great layout make the recipes easy to follow. (Cookbook)

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely on

September 14, 2019

Canal House Cook Something--Recipes to Rely On by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer is a total delight! Full of delightful photographs, their admonition is made approachable by their straightforward, cheerful advice and accessible recipes. These two have been cooking together for years; their joy in the process is evident and their enthusiasm contagious. The tutorials, such as “how we build flavor in stews” are terrific. (Cookbook)

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

September 14, 2019

The Years That Matter Most--How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough pulls back the curtain on the college admissions process. Enrollment management, yield, financial aid “optimization” and athletic scholarships are only some of the areas covered. He includes lots of intriguing general info, in-depth studies (like Trinity College), the role of community colleges and finally the pivotal relationship between higher education and social mobility. This is a fascinating look at a critical element of our society that asks some important questions about how well it is working for everyone. (Non-Fiction)

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

September 14, 2019

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico by Michael Deibert is both an account of the months after the huge category 5 hurricane hit in September 2017, and a history of Puerto Rico and its peculiar relationship with the United States. The book takes a hard look at why Puerto Rico was so unprepared that over 3,000 people died as a result of the storm. The long term implications for the island’s status as a commonwealth of the United States are examined in light of the response of the US to the devastation. (Non-Fiction)

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead

September 14, 2019

Call Sign Chaos--Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West is his story--from early days as a Marine recruit to his ultimate leadership role as a four-star general in charge of 250,000 troops in the Middle East. He is best known to the public for his two-year stint as Secretary of Defense under President Trump. The book is not about that period in his life, other than to comment that when his strategic advice wasn’t heeded he knew it was time to resign. (Non-Fiction--Biography)

But Where Do I Put the Couch?

September 14, 2019

But Where do I Put the Couch? by Melissa Michaels and KariAnne Wood is chock full of common sense decorating ideas. It's well organized by subject matter and room and is especially sharp on space management and functionality. You will find ideas here and the tone is welcoming and practical. Lots and lots of photographs make the ideas come alive. And nothing breaks the bank! They are excellent at the art of repurposing found objects or things you already have. (Non-Fiction)

The Wolf Wants In

September 14, 2019

The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh is a tense tale of an extended family in Kansas whose criminal tendencies are well known. Sadie Keller comes home to Blackwater hoping to understand how her brother died. He had married into the Petit family and his sketchy wife’s stories about what happened do not inspire Sadie’s confidence. She starts to dig deeper and the plot grows more complex. Henley Petit, a young girl hoping to escape her family’s clutches, is the other narrator. Opioid trafficking, past crimes and an atmosphere of malice create an exhilarating page-turner.

This Tender Land

September 14, 2019

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is a coming of age novel that takes place in the early 1930’s Minnesota. The Lincoln School is a cruel institution filled with Native American children and a few orphans, ostensibly there to be educated. Four of the “students” escape in a canoe, headed for the Mississippi.  Their odyssey is punctuated by meetings with helpful, ordinary people facing the hardships of the Depression. The children’s circumstances have made them older than their years. The strong sense of place and finely drawn characterizations will keep readers riveted.

The Substitution Order

September 14, 2019

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark is a legal thriller written with both humor and heart. Kevin Moore is the unlucky hero currently working in a sandwich shop as a result of a big, stupid mistake that cost him his legal career, but not his smarts. One day a malignant stranger shows up at the shop with an “invitation” to join a scam. Moore subsequently finds himself needing all his wits to stay alive and free from imprisonment. He has only a mutt puppy and a few human sidekicks to help turn around what looks like a sure-fire disaster. The c

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

September 14, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah is a marvel. The novel is a “faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Dr. David Livingstone…” Narrated by two of the attendants on his final 1500 mile journey from the interior to the Western coast of Africa, it is both the story of his obsession with finding the source of the Nile and a telling of pre-colonial Africa’s story. It is heartbreaking, sometimes funny, and beautifully written about unforgettable characters. Highly recommended.

The Last Good Guy

September 14, 2019

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker finds Private Investigator Roland Ford up to his eyeballs in trouble, his specialty. The PI is called on by a beautiful young woman to find her teenage sister, for whom she is the official guardian. Something is clearly off right from the start and he has few people outside the small inner circle he can trust--and that includes his client. As the search begins a conspiracy starts to take shape that is more evil than even this Iraq war veteran can comprehend. Very atmospheric, with punchy dialogue and believable circumstances that hold your interest

The Grammarians

September 14, 2019

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine is wonderfully original and wry.  Language obsessed twins Daphne and Laurel Wolfe grow up in NYC speaking a special twin language and falling in love with anything on the pages of Webster's New International (Second Edition) Dictionary. They slowly begin to separate as adults, taking different professional paths in the world of the English language. Life gets complicated and the twins and their families have to navigate, not always with aplomb, the stresses of life. The author takes full advantage of the opportunities to be clever with language and grammar, but in the end, this is a celebration of relationships. Highly recommended.

Mia and the White Lion (PG) 98 minutes

September 11, 2019

MIA AND THE WHITE LION – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (PG) GOOD FAMILY VIEWING--Independent ten-year-old Mia Owen (Dania De Villiers) has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave their home in London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia develops a close attachment to the wild cub. After three years, Mia's life is rocked once again when she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father, John Owen (Langley Kirkwood). Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in harm, Mia decides to run away. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search of another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Descendants 3 (G) 106 minutes

September 11, 2019

DESCENDANTS 3 – CHILDREN’S MOVIE (G) IT’s GOOD TO BE BAD! This highly anticipated threequel continues the contemporary saga of good vs evil as the teenage daughters and sons of Disney's most infamous villains--Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay--return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new batch of villainous offspring to join them at Auradon Prep. When a barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Aurado during their departure of the isle, Mal resolves to permanently close the barrier, fearing that nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom.

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes

September 11, 2019

Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators Season 1 (NR) 600 minutes  Private Investigator Frank Hathaway has always worked alone, but he isn’t doing so well at the moment. Frank is off his game and lows on cash--he needs a partner. Enter ex-hairdresser Luella Shakespeare who will turn his world around--he just doesn’t know it yet. When the two join forces to investigate the criminals and surprisingly high drama in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the two quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town.

The Sandhamn Murders Season 1 (NR) 512 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SANDHAMN MURDERS, Season 1NEW FOREIGN LANGUAGE SERIES (NR) SWEDISH with English Subtitles. Sparkling sea, sunny beaches, ferryboat commuting, but bodies keep cropping up. Homemaker and mother of two, Nora Linde (Alexandra Rapaport) never intends to get involved, but she often has a connection to the victim or discovers the body or knows the culprit. She also knows police investigator Thomas Andreasson (Jakob Cedergren) from their school days. Theirs is a love affair that keeps not happening: they're each attracted to the other, but Nora no sooner separates from her husband than he goes back to his wife. Based on Viveca Sten’s popular crime novels, a perfect mix of Nordic crime and the beautiful surroundings

Echo in the Canyon (PG-13) 82 minutes

September 11, 2019

ECHO IN THE CANYON NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG-13) Celebratesthe explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today.Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

The Biggest Little Farm (PG) 92 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM NEW DOCUMENTARY (PG) Chronicling the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farmprovides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Amazing Grace: Aretha Franklin (G) 89 minutes

September 11, 2019

AMAZING GRACE: ARETHA FRANKLIN – DOCUMENTARY MOVIE (G) A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album "Amazing Grace" at The New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles on January 1972.

The Sun is Also a Star (PG-13) 100 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – MOVIE (PG-13) College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and Jamaican born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) meet--and fall in love--over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

Rocketman (R) 121 minutes

September 11, 2019

ROCKETMAN – MOVIE (R) Taron Egerton IS Elton John, Jamie Bell IS Bernie Taupin. This is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story--set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton--tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother.

MIB: International (PG-13) 105 minutes

September 11, 2019

Men in Black: INTERNATIONAL – MOVIE (PG-13) The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest, most global threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) take the action globally, from New York to London to Morocco to Naples.

MA (R) 99 minutes

September 11, 2019

MA – MOVIE (R) Everybody's welcome at Ma's. But good luck getting home safe. Sue Ann (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When a local teenage girl asks Sue Ann to buy some booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offers her basement for the kids to the party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." As Ma's hospitality curdles into obsession, which began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (R) 120 minutes

September 11, 2019

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO – MOVIE (R) Jimmie Fails (Jimmy Fails) dreams of reclaiming theVictorian home his grandfather built intheheart of SanFrancisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors), Jimmie searches for belonging ina rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct thecommunity he longs for, his hopes blind him to thereality of his situation.

Josie (NR) 87 minutes

September 11, 2019

JOSIE – BLU RAY MOVIE (NR) Secrets Will Come To Light! Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott in a movie of drama, mystery, and suspense! Residents of a small, southern town are forever changed when tattooed, sweet-talking stranger Josie (Sophie Turner) struts into town. Striking up relationships with a local young punk Marcus (Jack Kilmer) and her loner neighbor Hank (Dylan McDermott), she quickly becomes a hot topic of local gossip. But her true intentions for arriving in town are far more sinister when her dark past comes to light.

The Hustle (PG-13) 94 minutes

September 11, 2019

HUSTLE MOVIE (PG-13)A COMEDY ABOUT THE ART OF THE CON! Josephine Chesterfield (Anne Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Rebel Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece, so they con the men that have wronged women. Wilson’s talent for physicality and Hathaway’s withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out all the stops to swindle a naïve tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) in this hilarious comedy.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters SE (PG-13) 131 minutes

September 11, 2019

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS SE MOVIE (PG-13) The story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species--thought to be mere myths--rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

A Dog's Journey (PG) 109 minutes

September 11, 2019

A DOG’S JOURNEY – MOVIE (PG) RECOMMENDED FOR DOG LOVERS EVERYWHERE! Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, Ethan’s (Dennis Quaid) beloved dog Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) finds a new destiny. Protect Ethan’s granddaughter CJ (Kathryn Prescott) at any cost. Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives is filled with love, friendship and devotion as he and CJ experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and a few really good belly rubs.

Booksmart (R) 102 minutes

September 11, 2019

BOOKSMART – MOVIE (R) Fast-paced. Funny, fresh, and unfiltered, the story follows Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein), two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, they set out on a mission on the eve of their graduation, to make up for the lost time and to cram four years of fun into one night. Also starring Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) 181 minutes

September 11, 2019

AVENGERS ENDGAME – BLU RAY MOVIE (PG-13)The fourth installment of the Avengers series is the once-in-a-lifetime culmination of 22 interconnected films and the climax of an epic journey. Earth's heroes will finally understand how fragile our reality is--and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it--in a story of friendship, teamwork and setting aside differences to overcome an impossible obstacle.

A Place to Land (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is the story of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream speech. It had not been written by the night before the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. He spent time listening to advise from colleagues and other preachers but ultimately retreated to his hotel room to craft his most memorable speech. All 250,000 people that were there that day heard his plea for black and white Americans to walk arm in arm to save America. Pinkney's amazing watercolors perfectly capture this moment in history.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes it, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Follow Your Stuff--Who Makes It, Where Does it Come From, How Does it Get to You? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka covers a lot of ground. It addresses the whole chain of materials and people required from beginning to end for manufacturing a diverse array of products from t-shirts to medicines. The giant, complex, global economy is clearly explained. As the book states, it's never too early to think about the people in the sequence that produced whatever item you are buying.

(Non-Fiction/Informational)

Dancing Hands (Non-Fiction/Informational)

August 31, 2019

Dancing Hands by Margarita Engle, vividly illustrated by Rafael Lopez, is a historical account of a young girl named Teresa Careno who played the piano for President Lincoln. Her family emigrated to the USA from Venezuela when she was six years old. She was a gifted musician at a young age and played concerts at major symphony halls. She received an invitation to play for President Lincoln in 1863, right after the Battle of Gettysburg and the death of his son Willie. She was a bright note in a very difficult time of war and grieving.

(Non-Fiction/Biography)

The Best Seat in Kindergarten (Early Readers)

August 31, 2019

The Best Seat in Kindergarten by Katherine Kenah is an early reader charmer. It’s Sam’s first day of school and he’s unsure of where to sit. His teacher has a plan for a class outing so everyone can get to know each other. Sam discovers that finding friends is easy!

(Early Reader)