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1,001 Mystery/Thrillers

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

As of August 1, our Tech Services team has added over 1,000 mystery/thrillers from Videoport to our catalog.

Browse “Videoport Mystery/Thrillers” and make your selections; have them delivered to the branch of your choice.

For suggestions, click here. And don’t forget to check out the dvd display at the Main Branch. Treat yourself to some thrills and chills on these hot summer nights.


Summer Is Here

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

It’s summer, and the Library is bringing back the popular Summer Documentary Series.

Since 1988, PBS has aired over 400 independent nonfiction films as part of their POV (Point of View) series. Each summer, the Library is allowed to show the latest in the series several weeks before they air on television.

This year we’ve partnered with community groups who will enhance the films with introductions and discussion groups.

Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 in the Rines Auditorium. All films are free and open to the public, and refreshments are provided.

For a look at the current POV series, click here.

For a list of past POV films that are available at the Library, click here, and check out our movie display shelf at the Main Branch.


The Criterion Collection: FAQs

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

Q: What’s special about the Criterion Collection?

A: “The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.” (from their website)


Q: Do all the Library’s Criterion Collection films come from Videoport?

A: No, the Library has been purchasing these films for years, but the Videoport donation expanded our collection considerably.



Q: Is this a finite collection? Are these all the Criterion films that there are?

A: No, the Criterion Collection adds new films every month, and the Library is committed to making these high quality films available to you.


Click here for a list of recently added films.

Click here to see what’s coming soon from Criterion.

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