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Friday, February 20, 2015

PARCC Resources at Your Library!

Looking for PARCC Resources? South Brunswick Public Library has books and study guides to help you get into tip top shape! 

If you’re looking for more, or if the books are checked out, don’t fret! We have several other resources for practice tests, activities, and sample questions! Our Learning Express database has resources specific to each grade level, just select “School Center” to get started! 

Need more? Check out our list below for even more resources to help you prep for the tests!
 
 
Practice Tests & Questions
 
Educational Games and Activities
 
LANGUAGE ARTS:
 
MATH:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

by Jill Eisner
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Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year!  Got a lot of great new movies coming in so keep your eyes peeled for the latest, hottest titles as you browse the shelves.  Start off the new year with some of these recent favorites:

 

The Sapphires


SAPPHIRES, THE
Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell, Tory Kittles

Inspired by a true story, it's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship, and war when their all-girl group the Sapphires entertains U.S. troops in Vietnam.  PG-13. 2012, Australia. Comedy/Drama. English.

The Trip to Italy


TRIP TO ITALY, THE
Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan

Once again two comedy buddies/rivals take a culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. The two enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri. Hilarious. Not Rated. 2014, UK. Comedy. English.

The Best Offer


BEST OFFER, THE
Starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland

When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman to evaluate her late parents' collection yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors, it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil's carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer. Rated R. 2014, Italy. English.

Enjoy!

Jill


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

By Jill Eisner
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Happy Holidays Everyone!

When you're finally done with the frenzy of holiday shopping, gift-giving and family get-togethers why not relax with a cup of tea or hot cocoa and one of our popular new DVDs? The following titles are new additions to our collection that I think you might enjoy:

The Maze Runner

MAZE RUNNER, THE

Starring Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hon Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario. 2014.

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.  Rated PG-13. Sci-Fi/Thriller.


    Begin Again

BEGIN AGAIN

Starring Keira KnightleyMark RuffaloAdam LevineJames CordenHailee SteinfeldCatherine Keener. 2014.

British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend. While playing at an open mic night at a local bar, she is discovered by struggling music producer Dan. Sensing her songwriting potential, Dan pushes Gretta to sign with him and record an ambitious outdoors album all across the city. Rated R. Comedy/Drama.

         What If

WHAT IF

Starring Daniel RadcliffeZoe KazanMegan ParkerAdam DriverMackenzie DavisRafe SpallLucius HoyosJemima RooperMeghan Heffern. 2014.

A medical school dropout named Wallace who has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?  PG-13. Comedy/Drama.

Enjoy!

Jill

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cannoli Gelato @MieleUSA Fundraiser

by DianeWhitman
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Hi Everyone,

We enjoyed fine music, wine and food the first week in December at the annual Music, Merlot, and Miele Fundraiser. The fabulous kitchen at Miele was the setting for my cooking demo of  elegant Rosemary Skewers of Monkfish, Ciabatta, and Pancetta drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction, and our to-die-for Cannoli Gelato -  recipe follows - please give it a try!

This easy and impressive dessert would be perfect to serve with holiday baked goods and chocolates, which seem to mysteriously accumulate at this time of year...

Pistachios, Chocolate,  Candied Orange Peel, and Sesame Brittle were accompaniments


CANNOLI GELATO 

1.5 quarts of French Vanilla ice cream 
     (ice cream used to come in half gallons - now they are 1.5 quarts! - I recommend Breyers.)
1 1 / 3 cups good ricotta cheese 
     (recommend Italian brand Galbani, available at ShopRite - it's exceptionally smooth not grainy.)
3 ounces coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate
     (I used Guittard chocolate bars, a good brand of chocolate makes a big difference!)
1 /  4 cup candied orange peel, diced
     (in the baking or seasonal aisle of the supermarket - or you can make your own.)
1 / 4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios,  preferably unsalted
1 / 2 tsp. vanilla
1 / 4 tsp. cinnamon

1. Chop or scoop the ice cream into pieces and let soften in a large bowl about 5 minutes, just until soft enough the mix.  
2. Add the ricotta and mix well.  This "deflates" the air in the ice cream and makes it more like Italian gelato.  
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well again, smoothing the top.  Cover with plastic wrap (to prevent ice crystals from forming) placed directly on the surface of the ice cream.  
4. Freeze 30 minutes or until very cold but not frozen solid; the gelato should be served soft and creamy, not rock hard.  Have fun and serve with accompaniments like cookies, candied orange peel, brittle, and/or chocolates!  
Note:  If making in advance and frozen hard, thaw in refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes, or turn out onto a cutting board, then cut the gelato into pieces and mix for a minute or two until you get a soft-serve consistency.

Adapted from Restaurant Favorites at Home by the Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine.

Wishing you great food, fun, and friendships this holiday season,
Diane

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to experience New York City and their incredible research library

Having just returned from a week-long visit to New York City for Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a few facts and tidbits I picked up along the way.  I am putting together a display for SBPL about South Brunswick artists George Segal and Leon Bibel, so one of the places we visited was the library!  They are currently in a state of upheaval and since we were finally able to navigate our way though, I thought I might let others know what we learned the hard way.

The main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue between 42nd Street and 44th Street, called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, (the big marble Beaux-Arts building with the lions Patience and Fortitude out front) is, in a quote from their website, “one of the world's preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience -- from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature.”  To explain the disarray that seems to be apparent, they also say, “The Library is restoring the Schwarzman Building to its original purpose of providing library services for ‘the free use of all the people’” which includes opening a new Children’s Center on the ground floor and offering more programs, indexes and online resources than ever before.  

The library is a perfect place for anyone to do research in their extensive collections but it is a closed stack library where you have to request the books you want from their catalog and they will be brought to where you are sitting to use while you are in the library.  However, for the last year, the magnificent Rose Main Reading Room and the adjacent Bill Blass Public Catalog room, where you would usually request your materials and sit to wait for the delivery, has been closed.  A part of the elaborate plaster ceiling fell and they are evaluating how they are going to make repairs.  (See their website at http://www.nypl.org/readingroomupdate for more information about the repairs).  In the meantime, they have places to sit in every other room in the library in order to accommodate all users. 

To access the General Research Division materials in person, while the reading room is closed, you have to complete a request slip and give it to the staff member seated at a small desk in Room 217 (or you can submit a request in advance on their website).   Before you can make the request, you need to have a NYPL card which you can apply for online or get from someone temporarily seated in the copy room on the second floor.  If you are not a resident of or employee in New York, you can apply for and receive a temporary card that can be used to reserve the books.  These cards are valid for up to 3 months.  Books in their other divisions, such as art and architecture, maps, photographs and rare books are accessed directly in the rooms where they are located.  A list of the divisions can be found at http://www.nypl.org/research-collections

For some fun facts about the library and its history, check out their description at http://www.nypl.org/about/locations/schwarzman/facts and for more about the building itself, see http://www.nypl.org/about/locations/schwarzman/facts.  

There is also a Library Shop (on the first floor) filled with fun books and gifts for the readers in your life. And during the Christmas shopping season, Bryant Park, situated behind the library, is set up with little “shops” featuring local crafts people selling a wide variety of handmade items. And surprisingly, since Bryant Park is actually located directly on top of the vast rooms that house the majority of the library’s books, they have put up an ice skating rink! I’m sure the library hopes they don’t spring a leak. And the tree in Bryant Park, that was lit up for the season on Tuesday, December 1st, is particularly beautiful!

So, if you are looking for place in New York City that you can visit for free, the library is a great destination.  And see if you can find their copy of the Gutenberg Bible, on display in a dark showcase in the third floor McGraw Rotunda.


More NYC “insider information” in this blog soon. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

By Jill Eisner
Information Services

Hi Everyone!

Winter weather's on the way just in time for Thanksgiving.  Be sure to stock up on some library DVDs in case you're snowed in! Here are a few of my picks for November:

Fat Kid Rules the World


FAT KID RULES THE WORLD
A story for everybody who has ever needed to find their inner rock star. Set against the backdrop of the Seattle music scene it is a coming-of-age story about two dysfunctional teenagers searching for something more out of their completely hopeless existence. Troy Billings is fat. His life sucks. He's about to end it all by jumping in front of a bus, when Marcus Macrae, a charismatic punk rock superstar, tackles him to the ground and changes his life forever.

Directed by Matthew Lillard, starring Billy CampbellMatt O'Leary

2013, rated R. 99 minutes. Comedy/Drama


Kill Your Darlings

KILL YOUR DARLINGS (Blu-ray)
A tale of friendship, love, and murder at Columbia University in the early1940s. This film recounts the pivotal year that changed Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg's life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution. Based on true events and characters.

Directed by John Krokidas, starring  Daniel RadcliffeDane DehaanMichael C. HallJack HustonBen FosterElizabeth OlsenErin Darke.

2013, rated R. 103 minutes. Drama/Suspense/Thriller


Obvious Child

OBVIOUS CHILD

Donna Stern is a Brooklyn comedian who gets heartlessly dumped by her two-timing boyfriend. While trying to drown her troubles at the stand-up comedy club, she has a drunken one night stand with a cute young professional named Max (who's not even remotely her type) and ends up pregnant. Donna has to do what is expected of a 'responsible adult' just in time for the best/worst Valentine's Day of her life.

Directed by Gillian Robespierre, starring Jenny SlateJake LacyGaby HoffmanDavid CrossGabe Liedman.

2014, rated R.  84 minutes. Comedy

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

Jill

Monday, September 29, 2014

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

by Jill Eisner
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Hi Everyone,


If you like to get caught up in a thrilling drama, I highly recommend these selections from our Series section:


PRISONERS OF WAR - SEASON 1 (HEBREW)
PRISONERS OF WAR - Seasons 1 and 2 (Hebrew title: Hatufim)

Shout! Factory, 2010.
Rated TV-MA

For fans of Homeland: Prisoners of War is the Israeli version upon which Homeland is based. The story revolves around three Israeli soldiers captured for seventeen years and the lives they return to after being released. Season One begins with two soldiers and the remains of a third to the families they have been estranged from for so long. More realistic than Homeland, this gripping drama will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.  

Starring Yoram Toledano, Yael Abecassis, Ishai Golan, Mili Avital, Assi Cohen, Adi Ezroni.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.



AMERICANS, THE - SEASON 1
THE AMERICANS - Season 1

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013.
Not Rated

Set during the Reagan-era, cold war 1980s, a pair of Soviet spies pose as an American married couple so they can spy on the U.S. government. 
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Noah Emmerich, Richard Thomas, Margo Martindale.



SHERLOCK - SEASON ONE
SHERLOCK - Seasons 1-3

British Broadcasting Corporation, 2009 - 2014.
Not Rated


A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain: they live at the same address, have the same names, and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed, and highly modern adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. 



Let me know what you think!

Jill