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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More Good Movies You Might Have Missed...

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Sorry for the long delay since my last movie post! There’s a lot going on as we wrap up the year at the Library. Rest assured that even when I can’t find the time to post, I’m ALWAYS adding new titles to the collection. If you have any time to relax and watch a movie during the holiday, here are some  interesting new titles you might enjoy:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


A uniquely funny and moving story about Greg, a high school senior who avoids deep human relationships as a way to safely navigate the social mine field that is teenage life. In fact, he describes his best friend Earl, with whom he makes short-film parodies of classic movies, as being 'more like a co-worker.' But when Greg's mom insists he spend time with Rachel, a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer, Greg discovers just how powerful and important true friendship can be.

Starring: Thomas MannOlivia CookeMolly ShannonNick OffermanConnie BrittonRj Cyler. 

Rated PG-13, 2015.  Drama.

True Story


After journalist Michael Finkel is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse in this psychological drama.

Starring: James FrancoJonah HillFelicity JonesMaria DizziaEthan SupleeRobert John BurkeGretchen MolByron Jennings

Rated R, 2015.  Drama.

Mr. Holmes


In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement.

Starring: Ian McKellenLaura LinneyMilo ParkerHiroyuki SanadaHattie MorahanPatrick KennedyRoger AllamPhilip DavisMichael Culkin

Rated PG, 2015.  Drama.

Let me know what you think! 


Monday, November 16, 2015

Falling Leaves, Biomes, and Ecosystems!

It's November! Time to put on sweaters, throw around footballs, give thanks... and prepare for the elementary schools' annual project on biomes and ecosystems.

Never fear! Your library has a great collection of books on biomes and ecosystems available in-house for you to read and check out! However, these books may become scarce as the season goes on and they begin to get checked out. To help, you can find several reference copies of books at the Children's Desk starting today. These books can be used in the library, scanned, or photocopied, but not checked out.

In addition, the instructors at Children's Services have compiled a list of helpful, free resources for South Brunswick students to use in the library and at home. Library Databases may require you to sign in with your library card number and your PIN (which can be accessed by visiting or calling Borrower Services).

Library Databases: 
Salem Press: Click on "Biomes and Ecosystems" in the lower left corner of the screen. Includes articles and diagrams on a number of specific biomes and ecosystems along with references and citations

Facts on File: A number of excellent, helpful articles and support materials including diagrams, videos, and glossaries.

The World Almanac: Scroll to the bottom of the page for "Biomes". Includes in-depth but easy-to-read articles on each biome and it's geography, geology, wildlife, and future.

TrueFlix: Includes the entire TrueBook for each ecosystem free to read, online. Related videos are linked along with the book for further comprehension.

Other Helpful Resources:
University of California Museum of Palentology: Long-form articles full of information about each biome and ecosystem. The Missouri Botanical Garden website offers clear, concise information on each ecosystem including reference links to further online resources.