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Movie of the Month: The End of the Tour

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

End of the Tour David Foster Wallace was the Kurt Cobain of the literary world, an artist whose brilliance was so isolating that in the end he could not live with it.

In 1996, Wallace did a book tour for his highly acclaimed novel Infinite Jest, and on the last leg of the tour he was joined by writer David Lipsky, who was assigned to do a profile of Wallace for Rolling Stone. The End of the Tour is based on Lipsky’s book Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which transcribes the five-day interview. (The Rolling Stone article was never actually written.)

Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace as a man struggling to keep it real in the face of critical accolades, publicity, and the onslaught of demented fans and groupies. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lipsky is a writer who admires Wallace while at the same time envying and resenting his talent and success. Together they present a fascinating and convincing look into the world of writers and the publishing industry, as well as an exploration of the dynamic between a journalist and his subject.

If you’re celebrating National Novel Writing Month, you can find a list of other recommended movies here.




“War is hell.”

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture


“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” –General Tecumseh Sherman
And it was Francois Truffaut who supposedly said that it’s impossible to make an anti-war movie, because depictions of war are bound to make it look glamorous and exciting. Click here for a list of movies that prove him wrong.

Burbank Branch Closing for Renovation

posted: , by Ellen Gilliam

Autumn 2015Portland Public Library’s Burbank Branch at 377 Stevens Avenue in the Deering neighborhood will close for renovations on Saturday, December 5, at 5 pm. We anticipate that the building will be closed for approximately seven months, and we expect to reopen mid-2016.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Burbank collections and services to patrons during the branch’s closure can be found HERE.

Planned renovations will provide:

– upgrades to building systems (heating and air conditioning; electrical; information technology)
– accessibility improvements (elevator to replace stairlift)
– increased energy efficiency
– enhanced browsing experience
– improved ergonomics to handle the flow of materials at the 6th busiest lending location in the state

Starting Monday, December 7, 2015 PPL will offer expanded service at our Riverton Branch, located at 1600 Forest Avenue:

Monday 1-6pm
Tuesday 10am-7pm
Wednesday 10am- 6pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

 Members of our Burbank Branch team will help staff Riverton during this period, and portions of our Burbank collection will also temporarily relocate to Riverton. Other Burbank collection items will be available upon request via the Library’s online catalog. We will deliver them promptly to your preferred pickup location (Riverton Branch, the Main Library, or Peaks Island Branch). We are ready to help make this transition a smooth one for our patrons.

We are excited to serve our Burbank patrons in a fresh, engaging, and more efficient space. Stay updated at PPL’s website ( or by visiting the branch. We look forward to keeping the community informed about our progress and ways to be involved.

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