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Movie of the Month: The Kids Are All Right

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

Brother and sister Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) have not one Mom, but two, to whom they refer plurally, as in, “Don’t tell Moms.”

What they’re not telling Moms is that they have sought out their biological father, the man whose donated sperm was used by both Moms so that Joni and Laser would be half-siblings.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play the Moms as a couple who have been together a long time–they seem stable, they are obviously committed, but over the years they have built up the kind of resentments that occur when couples become entrenched in the dynamics of their relationship. Nic (Bening) is tired of being the responsible one, but she’s too controlling to let it go; Jules (Moore) resents being cast as the screw-up but can’t seem to stop screwing up.

In a hilarious scene in which the Moms are expecting a different sort of disclosure,  Laser confesses that he has met his father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and wants to spend time with him. Enlightened as they are, the Moms agree to this, provided they can meet Paul. They invite him to a family dinner, during which he ends up hiring Jules to landscape his property.

Where things go from there I will not reveal, although I will say that, despite criticism from some viewers, nothing that happens seems out of character. In fact, what makes this movie so brilliant is the ensemble work of the cast, each of whom brings their character to life, creating a realistic family in all its lunacy, heartbreak, and humor.

 

For more movies about mothers, click here, and join us on Thursday evenings in May for our Mothers in the Movies series.


Montgomery’s View: cloudLibrary – It’s for kids too!

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Library Collections | Montgomery's View | Kids & Families

 

cloudLibrary by Bibiotheca is the eBook and eAudiobook platform that is used at the Portland Public Library (and in libraries throughout the state of Maine.)  It is easy to use.  Downloading titles is simple.  Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks are at your fingertips.  You will never accumulate late fees.  Your Portland Public Library card will give you access to this library of titles – including some purchased for our patrons.

Did you know that the cloudLibrary has titles for children?  This platform is not for our adult patrons only!  There are many children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks available for borrowing.  There are picture books, early readers, nonfiction, novels and graphic titles.  You will find Danny and the Dinosaur, Big Nate and Ramona.  Are you a fan of Little House on the Prairie or Harry Potter?  Both series are available in eAudiobook format.

The 2017-2018 Maine Student Book Award List has been revealed.  Many students read these titles during the summer months. You can easily get many of the titles on the cloudLibrary platform.  If you are going on vacation you will be able to take titles with you.  The Maine Student Book Award list has 45 titles this year and 38 of those titles are available in eBook format on the cloudLibrary.  If you prefer to listen to the books you will find 15 of the titles available in eAudiobook format.  It couldn’t be any easier to borrow these titles than signing up for the cloudLibrary today.

The holdings for children in the cloudLibrary do not stop with the Maine Student Book Award titles.  If you are looking for other reading choices – you will find them here.  From My Weird School to Rick Riordan titles and Lemony Snicket to Wings of Fire – the selection is wide.

Check out the cloudLibrary  today and sign up for an account.  You’ll be reading or listening to a new book in minutes.

 

 


May the Fourth Staff Picks

posted: , by Sarah Skawinski
tags: Library Collections | Recommended Reads | Adults | Art & Culture

We hope you will enjoy these humorous book recommendations from some of our staff members who were hired a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…


Storm Trooper Pick
        

Our Storm Trooper Book Club is currently reading The Five Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence With Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins. This book promises to teach you how to overcome your fears and become your greatest self in the shortest amount of time possible.


Jabba the Hutt’s Pick
            

Fans of the grotesque will love Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. It’s gritty, erotic, twisted, and might scar you for life. Recommended for anyone who wants to see what is really wriggling at the end of their fork.


C-3PO’s Pick
       

Being fluent in over 6,000,000 forms of communication is something that everyone should strive to achieve, otherwise we’re doomed! Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher explores the relationship between language and culture. This is required reading for anyone who hopes to keep up when worlds collide.


R2-D2’s Pick
    

Artoo usually reads technical manuals, blueprints, and maps, but lately he can’t get enough of The Best Downloadable Star Wars 3D Printer Models & Files: The Ultimate Collection. This website has links to 3D printer models of the Millennium Falcon, BB-8, blasters, lightsabers, and more. Once you decide what to make, send your file to PPL’s 3D printer to get your job started. You can thank Artoo later for saving your life.


Han Solo’s Pick
           

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams might be the best book ever written. Who wouldn’t enjoy the story of a capable galactic traveler who meets unusual characters and encounters remarkable situations along the way? It’s a delightful, handsome, humorous romp through space.


Princess Leia’s Pick
           

At its heart, Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart is the story of a strong, determined young woman who must confront her past, discover the secrets of her family, and fight a gang of bullies to save what she loves most. Although the “girl” in this story has a rather ordinary hairstyle, she still manages to fight her way to the top. You can’t help but root for this girl and are left longing for future episodes, I mean books.


Darth Vader’s Pick
   

In Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Pankaj Mishra explores the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world. Even those of us who are not susceptible to anger should keep in touch with our dark side to remain well-rounded.


Yoda’s Pick
       

Live as well as we can, we must. Read Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others by Martha Stewart, you should. Calmness, organization, perfection, Martha Stewart is. Do, or do not. There is no try.


 

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