Movie Monday: Sing

Monday, May 22, 6:00 PM, 2017. Ages 12 & under.

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant, and a punk porcupine. Rated PG. 1h 48m.


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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures

Show a card catalog to library lovers under the age of 30 and they might not even know what they're looking at. A grid of small drawers set into a deep wooden box. What could it be for? Storing tools? Medicine? Jewelry? Craft supplies? They'd never guess that it once held an entire world of knowledge and the tools to explore it.


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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

In last year's Sleeping Giants, author Sylvain Neuvel introduced us to Rose Franklin who, as a child, discovered a giant metal hand buried in the earth. As a adult she led a team that scoured the planet to search for more metal body parts and pieced together Themis, an enormous robot left on Earth thousands of years ago by alien visitors.


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Mastodon: Emperor of Sand

At a time when pop singles are ruling the charts, heady metal rockers Mastodon have put all their energy behind a full-length concept album, best listened to in one sitting.


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The Jesus and Mary Chain: Damage and Joy

After almost 20 years since their last studio album, Munki, Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid have put aside their long-standing fraternal differences and reunited for a brand new Jesus and Mary Chain record.


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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Loo is growing into a teenager and her dad decides it’s time to settle down. After years of constant moves, Loo finds it difficult to fit in at school, deal with boys, and interact with her estranged grandmother. But most of all, she’s having a hard time understanding how her mother’s mysterious death is connected to the bullet scars that mark her father’s body.


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Milky Chance: Blossom

The first song on the new album from German pop duo Milky Chance sets the stage for everything that follows. A simple, electronic melody and drum beat build until a clean, beachy guitar and singer-songwriter vocals kick in. And that's the formula. The band combines straightforward dance beats with soul-inspired acoustic guitar strumming and lyrics that sound like they could have been written by a folk singer.


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Movie Monday: Storks

Monday, April 17, 2017. 6:00 PM. Ages 12 & under.

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. Rated PG. 1h 27m.


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The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir

It's easy to imagine the life of a rock star: Write a song, it becomes a big hit, everyone hears it on the radio, and you make enough money to live the rest of your life in the lap of luxury. That story might be true for a handful of musicians, but there's a much, much bigger group of musicians out there who just spend years writing, recording, and performing, making a lot of fans but never producing a "hit" and never breaking into the mainstream.


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Dark Night: A True Batman Story

In the early '90s writer Paul Dini's should have had the perfect life. As a longtime cartoon and comic book fan, he had his dream job, writing for Batman the Animated Series, and he had just won an Emmy for the work he did on Tiny Toon Adventures.


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Banning A People’s History of the United States?

Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States has long been considered a classic. In it, Zinn tells the story of the U.S. from the perspective of "America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers."


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Ed Sheeran: Divide

The new music today on New Music Friday might not seem so new. That's because the first singles from the record have been all over the radio for the last couple of months.


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Lego’s Women of NASA

Last year, Lego announced its Lego Ideas Competition, asking the public to submit proposals for new Lego sets. This week, the winner was revealed and it's a doozy. The Women of NASA Set, proposed by science writer Maia Weinstock will honor five incredible women who have been instrumental to the Space Agency with custom minifigures and space-science play sets.


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Rowans Ruin by Mike Carey and Mike Perkins

How would you feel about allowing someone you've never even met to move into your home? What if you could trade your 400 spare foot studio apartment in Florida for a centuries-old estate in rural England? Vacation of a lifetime, right? What if there's a secret room filled with animal bones, weird totems, circles of salt on the floor, and what if you start having scary dreams and seeing ghosts in the bathroom mirror?


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Oscar Mix-Ups

There have been quite a few controversies in the 89 years of Academy Awards history. The streaker who ran past Elizabeth Taylor just as she was announcing The Sting as the Best Picture of 1974. The mix-up conspiracy that has haunted Marissa Tomei ever since her 1994 Best Supporting Actress win for My Cousin Vinny. The moment when John Travolta announced the made-up name "Adele Dazeem" when introducing singer Idina Menzel in 2014.


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