Richard Pryor: 1940-2005

Actor and comedian Richard Pryor died over the weekend. He was 65. Last year's two-disc, 65-track compilation of some of his best performances, Evolution 1966-1968; Revolution, 1971-1974, shows why he was one of the most influential comedians of the 20th century. The Library also owns Live and Smokin' on DVD and his 1995 memoir Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences, which Publisher's Weekly calls "Profane, profound and poignant...." Read more about Richard Pryor.

KidBits: Whaddya Know About Tooth Fairies

Well, what about tooth fairies? Want to know more? Try Dad, Are You The Tooth Fairy?; Fooling The Tooth Fairy; and Tooth Trouble.

KidBits: Happy Birthdays

Happy Birthday to You! Celebrate with Fairytale Cake; Oscar's Half Birthday; and Parent's Party Book.

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth

What group will be remembered for being one of the most significant music creators of the twentieth century?
If you answered, the BEATLES, you'd be right. How many other music stars can put together a CD of just Number One Hits? Recently was the 25th Anniversary of John Lennon's death. Elizabeth Partridge, an award-winning author, wrote Lennon a photographic biography, with over 140 black-and-white photos bridging his life. There's also in-depth coverage of John's adolescence and stories from those who knew him best.

Celebrate the works of Emily Dickinson

Today, December 10, marks Emily Dickinson’s birthday. She is a renowned American poet born in Amherst, MA. For the most part, she was a very reclusive woman who was consistently suffering from health problems. During her lifetime, only seven of her poems were published; it wasn’t until after her death that her sister discovered the rest of her poems and published them gradually over 50 years. Rediscover, or experience for the first time, her beautiful poems and letters with these books:

Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson, Poems and Letters, Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems, Poems for Youth, and more.

Best Movie Endings

As the year's end draws near, I can't help but think of the greatest movie endings of all time. As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end," and that's certainly true for good movies as well. Here are some films that end humorously, shockingly, creatively, or just plain beautifully: Casablanca, 400 Blows, Se7en, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Sixth Sense, The Graduate, The Godfather, and this one for all you maniacs!

What are some of your favorite movie endings? Or better yet, what are some absolutely horrible endings?

What's on your wishlist?

If you're anticipating a visit from Kris Kringle, what are you hoping to find
under your tree?

A pony?
A toy train?
An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle?

I hope you don't find a lump of coal!

(Leave a comment with your wishlist ... you never know when Santa might peruse the AADL blogs!)

The Play Ground

That sultry, smoky, soulful singer performing in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck will be at Hill Auditorium for a live University Musical Society performance on Saturday, December 10th at 8pm. This time Dianne Reeves is singing the season as she and her trio offer "Christmas Time." Tis a reason to be jolly!

The Poet's Voice

andrew motion

A spanking new website will now allow you to listen to your favorite English-language poets read their own works.
The Poetry Archive, under the auspices of Andrew Motion, the poet laureate of Britain, is nothing if not impressive.
You can browse by poets, titles, theme and poetic forms. Try out ones by Margaret Atwood; Seamus Heaney and Allen Ginsberg.
There is even an entire archive for children.

Rosetta, Rosetta, Sit by Me by Linda Walvoord

Frederick Douglass enrolls his nine-year-old daughter Rosetta, in an all white private school. She is put in a class by herself and is not allowed to play or learn with the other girls. After her famous father returns from a business trip, he confronts the principal and begins the process of integrating Rochester public schools. This fictional portrayal of Rosetta Douglass touches on the life and times of her famous father. A comprehensive timeline and a detailed synopsis of the great orator's life are included.

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