TV Spotlight: The X-Files Reboot

The 90s just won’t seem to take a break and now we can add The X-Files to the list of TV shows that are coming back—with six fresh episodes with creator Chris Carter and many original cast members returning. That’s right, shooting is underway for a 10th season (miniseries) of the show starring Mulder and Scully as FBI agents working on X-Files that feature unexplained phenomena involving strange creatures, the occult, telekinesis, parapsychology, aliens, colonization, and government conspiracy, to name a few. The show's episodes were mainly either "monster of the week" or dealing with an overarching "mythology" that ran through all seasons.The show aired from 1993-2002.

The new season of The X-Files is set to launch on January 24, 2016, which means that it’s a perfect time to get a jump on rewatching (or viewing for the first time?!) the first nine seasons! Since the show’s original demise there have also been two spin-off films: The X-Files: Fight the Future in 1998 and The X-Files: I Want to Believe in 2008.

The truth is out there—Mulder and Scully are back!

Teen Books on Film in July!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is in theaters now, and is based on the book of the same title by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of 17 year old Greg, who mainly spends his time being antisocial except for making films with his “friend” Earl until his mother forces him to befriend the girl down the street who was recently diagnosed with cancer. It sounds morbid, but it’s delightfully funny and Greg’s one-liners and views on the world are priceless. And Earl is just one of the funniest characters in teen lit. But then there is the whole girl-with-cancer thing that tugs on your sleeves. It’s not as sad as The Fault In Our Stars, but it’s definitely in the same “sick lit” vein.

Speaking of John Green, the film version of his novel Paper Towns hits theaters July 24 and there is so much buzz about it! In the story Margo arrives at Quentin’s window in disguise a month before graduation and drags him out on a night that ends up being a revenge mission against all those who did her wrong during high school. Soon afterwards Margo goes missing and Q follows clues to try to find out what happened to her. I’m really curious to see how this turns out on the big screen!

Both were good reads and recommended if you like realistic teen fiction.

EDIT: Paper Towns movie is now in the catalog!

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new-to-AADL series:

The Knick, Season 1
Set in downtown New York in 1900, the Knickerbocker Hospital faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackeray, who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.

How To Get Away With Murder, Season 1
Brilliant and seductive Annalise Keating dominates her classroom as powerfully as she dominates the courtroom.

The Affair, Season 1
It explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds when Alison and Noah meet in Montauk at the end of Long Island.

Poldark, Season 1
Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit series that helped launch Masterpiece in the 1970s. Captain Poldark is a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution and finds that his fighting days are far from over.

Dig, Season 1
When FBI agent Peter Connelly investigates the murder of a beautiful American woman in Jerusalem, he soon discovers that the holiest city on earth hides an unholy secret. Now, in a race against time, Peter must stop the schemes that threaten to bring about an ancient prophecy and change the course of humanity.

The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 1
Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd arrives on assignment in Brokenwood, a small town where memories--and animosities--run deep. He's an experienced cop with a 1971 "classic" car, a collection of country music cassettes, and an indeterminate number of ex-wives. The new woman in his life is his assistant, Detective Constable Kristin Sims a by-the-book investigator nearly twenty years younger than her boss's car, who quickly has to get used to his lone-wolf ways.

Garfunkel and Oates, Season 1
A comedy-folk singing duo that spotlights the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices, singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs, leaves them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding.

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

PreK Bits - Stories-To-Go Kits

Recently Launched!
10 new STORIES-TO-GO themes have just been launched.
These pre-selected kits are especially for families, childcare centers, preschools, classrooms, home schools with kids ages 2-7 years old.

The new themes are as follows:
FRIENDS How do you know you have a friend?
FAMILIES Who’s in your family?
OCCUPATIONS What do people do all day?
WORLD CULTURES A variety of world cultures are represented.
SAFETY TOWN Safe behaviors start young.
MAPS Maps and mapping activities are fun and interesting.
GRIEF When a pet or a person dies, how do you work out the grief?
DIVORCE When families separate, how do things work out?
POTTY TIME When it is time to consider using the potty.
HUMAN BODY What makes your body work?
The complete Stories-To-Go collection can be browsed here.


Nerd Nite #25: Plot Twists and Revelations - The Story of Science

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June 18, 2015 at Live! 102 S. First St.

When you think of science, what comes to mind? For many people, science springs to mind a collection of facts they tried to memorize for various exams. Veronica Taylor shows another side of science: the story of science. This talk guides viewers on a journey through the drama of the scientific process, how scientific ideas evolve, and how they are are communicated.

Length: 00:15:15
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

Hey You Guys… It’s Goonies Day!

The mayor of Astoria, Oregon named June 7th Goonies Day in honor of the movie, and the town (where it was filmed) hosts an annual celebration featuring all things Goonies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Goonies! It’s kind of hard to believe, but hey, let’s truffle shuffle all day to celebrate this classic!

What’s that? You haven’t met Mikey, Brand, Mouth, Data, Chunk or Sloth yet? Well, there’s no time like the present. In The Goonies a group of kids find a treasure map and decide to go on the hunt for famous pirate One Eyed Willie’s rich stuff, as the money will help save their town from being bulldozed. While on the big quest they meet up with Mikey’s teenage brother and friends, are chased the “bad guys” known as the Fratellis, they meet a superhero in the form of a disfigured man, and maybe, just maybe they find One Eyed Willie. It’s high adventure, total 80s style, and I could watch this movie weekly. Hey you guys!

Must See Films About Food

Good food, cooking and eating it, presents itself as the theme of innumerable films. I am sure everyone has their favorites and these eight are mine. These stories take place in Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, India, and New York, so the experience and pleasure of telling stories about food is a universal one, like eating itself.

Babette’s Feast is the classic story of one extravagant and sumptuous meal, made by one woman, as a gift to the friends who saved her.
Chocolat, where one woman and her confectionery shop, bring pleasure back into the lives of people in a very uptight little village in France.
Like Water for Chocolate, in which the youngest daughter must refrain from marriage to take care of her aging parents, but she finds her release for pent up love and passion in making food to die for.
Ratatouille, about Remy the rat who, tired of eating moldy scraps, and sure of his own propensity for appreciating good food, travels to Paris and finds it in a high-class restaurant, but how does a rat become a cook?
Big Night, the story of two brothers in New York, who must pull off one really extravagant meal to save their failing Italian restaurant, but everything goes wrong.
Julie and Julia, based on a true story about the early years in France of famous cook, Julia Child, and the young New Yorker who emulates her cooking years later, by trying out every single one of her recipes.
The Hundred-Foot Journey, a recent release about an Indian family of cooks who open their restaurant, in a French village, across the street from a 2-star, fine French restaurant, and the complications which ensue.
And, best for last, Mostly Martha, about a compulsive and moody German chef who, when the care of her eight-year-old niece is suddenly thrust upon her, learns to mellow out with the help of the wild, flamboyant Italian chef who arrives to help in her restaurant kitchen.

What am I missing? Have a favorite?


Memories of Tubingen

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June 2, 2015 at Malletts Creek Branch

Since 1965, Ann Arbor has established six sister city relationships. Tubingen, the first community invited to be a sister city, was compared to Ann Arbor by someone who had lived in both places “like twins raised in different countries. There is the university, the students, the river, the mills.”

On December 9, 1965, the official charter of the Tubingen and Ann Arbor partnership was presented to City Council, followed by a concert of Christmas carols sung in German by Ann Arbor High School students. Visits between the two areas started as soon as the decision was finalized. This event brought together several participants from both countries in this long-standing partnership to reminisce about the cities' 50-year relationship.

Speakers include:
• Ute Bechdorf, Director of the Deutsch-Amerikan Institute of Tubingen;
• Carolyn Melchers, local resident who, as a young Pioneer High School German teacher went on an early trip to Tubingen and met the man who would become her husband;
• Josie Parker, Library Director;
• Marianne Rauer, who moved to Ann Arbor from Germany after WWII and who has been very involved in the Sister City Program;
• Grace Shackman, local Ann Arbor historian;
• Ingrid Sheldon, Former Mayor of Ann Arbor

Length: 01:11:44
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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TV Spotlight: The Good Wife

A great court drama now in its sixth season is The Good Wife. The legal drama focuses on a politician's wife, Alicia Florrick, who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Florrick not only deals with her career but also with keeping her family together as she provides a stable home for her two teenage children.

Each episode features new court cases with new court dramas, as well as overarching storylines that focus on a variety of regular characters, including lawyers, politicians and investigators. It’s such good drama with some really likeable, interesting, fun, and even enjoyably annoying characters! It's fast paced and addictive. Even if you’re not really into legal dramas The Good Wife is worth a try.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #526

Lady Montfort's (Clementine Elizabeth Talbot) annual summer ball is the highlight of the season, not just for the household but for the county, and all their London friends. With the millions of details to be seen to, her ladyship relies heavily on her capable and resourceful housekeeper Edith Jackson, a handsome woman in her early thirties. The 1912 ball went off without a hitch. Even the weather was perfect to show off the Montfort's new sunken garden. Tragedy strikes in the early hours of the next morning when the gamekeeper finds a body, hanging in a gibbet that turns out to be that of Teddy Mallory, Lord Montford's dishonorable nephew, just expelled from Christ Church, Oxford.

When it was discovered that a new housemaid and one of their London guests also disappeared during the night, Scotland Yard gets involved. After unwittingly witnessed a violent confrontation between her son Harry, Lord Haversham and Teddy in the early evening, Lady Montfort fears that the official police inquiry is pointing towards her son as a potential suspect. Taking matters into her own hands, the countess enlists the help of Mrs. Jackson, to investigate the case.

In Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman "an enchanting debut, author Tessa Arlen (incorporates) exquisite period detail into her well-mannered mystery, offers readers an engaging peek into the lives of upper and lower classes of early 1900s England combined with a little history interspersed." For those who enjoyed English country house mysteries like Gosford Park and Kate Morton's The House at Riverton.

If the elegant estate on the jacket cover brings to mind another establishment depicted in a long-running Masterpiece Theatre TV series, it's intentional. In fact, Tessa Arlen will participate in a panel discussion entitled Downton Malice: British Historical Period Mysteries at the Malice Domestic convention in Bethesda, Maryland, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Historical mystery fans interested specifically in the Edwardian era may wish to check out the author's Redoubtable Edwardians blog, choke-full of fabulous information and readalikes.

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