New DVD List: The Look of Silence & More

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

the look of silence

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

look of silenceThe Look of Silence
Trailer / Website / Reviews
Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. Playing last year at the True/False Film Fest, this unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of 50 years of silence.

 

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Confronting Climate Change: Free MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Lauren

Confronting Climate Change: MU Life Sciences SymposiumAccording to NASA and NOAA, 2015 was the hottest year on record. While some still argue about whether climate change is real, most scientists agree that it is and are studying its effects and ways to slow or reverse the damage.

MU’s 12th Annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium, held March 12 and 17-19, 2016, addresses the complex and controversial topic of how we should confront climate change by gathering seven expert speakers in search of answers to a few key questions. How and why is climate change happening? What are its consequences likely to be for weather, agriculture, health and society? And what can and should be done – in terms of energy, technology and policy – to mitigate it? All events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule and event locations at the symposium’s website. Continue reading “Confronting Climate Change: Free MU Life Sciences & Society Symposium”

HerStory – In Government and Public Service

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 by Reading Addict

Book cover for Sisters in LawMarch is National Women’s History Month and the theme for 2016 is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

What perfect timing for me! I have just finished reading two wonderful books about the first two women on the Supreme Court who have worked tirelessly to make this a “more perfect union.”

In “Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World,” Linda Hirshman alternates between these two amazing women’s stories. Sandra Day O’Connor, as the first woman of the Supreme court, said that it was great to be the first, but she didn’t want to be the last. She was a product of the West, growing up on a ranch.  She was a Christian and a Goldwater Republican, whereas Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a liberal, Jewish ACLU lawyer. But, with all their differences, their experiences in the world trying to make it as women were very much the same. The pair truly transformed the courts – and America in the process – to make it a more hospitable place for women. Continue reading “HerStory – In Government and Public Service”

Previous Docs From True/False 2016 Directors

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

true-false-2016

We’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at the upcoming True/False Film Fest. Check out their old films before you attend the fest for their new films!

David Sington
True/False 2016 film: “The Fear of 13
Past films as director: “The Flaw,” “In the Shadow of the Moon

Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
True/False 2016 film:  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
Past films as directors: “Detropia,” “The Boys of Baraka,” “FreakonomicsContinue reading “Previous Docs From True/False 2016 Directors”

Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The March 2016 List

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016 by Lauren

The March LibraryReads list is here! This month we have historical fiction, a smart thriller, an urban fantasy and even Jane Eyre re-imagined as a gutsy serial killer. Place your holds now on these 10 titles recommended by librarians across the country.

Book cover for The Summer Before the WarThe Summer Before the War” by Helen Simonson
“Fans of Simonson’s ‘Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand‘ have reason to rejoice. She has created another engaging novel full of winsome characters, this time set during the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Follow the story of headstrong, independent Beatrice Nash and kind but stuffy surgeon-in-training Hugh Grange along with his formidable Aunt Agatha. Make a cup of tea, and prepare to savor every page!” – Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI Continue reading “Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The March 2016 List”

Bit by Bit: Docs About Gaming Culture

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

king of kongIn recent years, video games have risen to prominence as a storytelling medium, engaging people young and old. These documentaries take a look at video games and how we deal with them in the real world.

king of kongKing of Kong” (2007)

Unprecedented rivalry rocks the electronic world to its core. This film follows novice gamer Steve Wiebe on his quest to destroy the top score of gaming legend Billy Mitchell, the uncontested champion of the Donkey Kong world for over 20 years. Only one can truly claim the title King of Kong. Continue reading “Bit by Bit: Docs About Gaming Culture”

The Gentleman Recommends: Austin Grossman

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016 by Chris

Book cover for Crooked by Austin GrossmanAs Valentine’s Day approached, I, like most red-blooded Americans probably, found my thoughts turning to Richard Nixon. Coincidentally, I was absorbed by Austin Grossman’s latest novel, “Crooked.” “Crooked” is the first-person account of Richard Nixon’s rise to power and fall from power, and subsequent rise to power and fall from power. While others have chronicled Nixon’s life, none before have touched on the terrifying truth: Nixon was one of the few that knew the U.S. and U.S.S.R. had moved beyond the mutually assured destruction via mundane nuclear weaponry and were onto mutually assured destruction via weaponized monsters and pacts made with the elder gods that walked the earth before being banished below the surface.

It’s no surprise that Henry Kissinger was a thousand-year-old sorcerer, but the reader won’t expect to learn that Dwight Eisenhower could stop a bullet with magic, or that the British had long been allies with a miles-long krakken, and that the monster had plucked German planes out of the sky during World War II. These sorts of treats are abundant in the novel, as are fantastic sentences such as follows:

I had, I realized, lost track of whether I was a centrist Republican stalwart, a right-wing anti-Communist demagogue, a mole for Soviet intelligence, the proxy candidate for a Bavarian sorcerer, or the West’s last hope against an onrushing tide of insane chthonic forces.

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What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016 by Ida

Book cover for Still Alice by Lisa GenovaLast year, Alzheimer’s was much discussed in popular media, as Julianne Moore won all of the awards for her portrayal of a 50-year-old linguistics professor with the early onset form of the disease, in the movie “Still Alice.” The movie was based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same title. Genova, a neuroscientist as well as an author, knew what she was about in portraying the effects of a condition that strips away your memory.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can seem overwhelming for the patient and family members. But support and information are available. Below are some helpful resources for those coping with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s”

New DVD List: Downton Abbey, The Wiz, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

downton abbey six

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

downton abbeyDownton Abbey
Season 6
Website / Reviews
The year is 1925. Momentous changes threaten the great house, its owners and its servants, while past scandals continue to loom. Return to the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey for the sixth and final season to discover what will finally become of the Crawley family.

 

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Getting to Know Thomas Edison

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by Anne

Book cove for Edison and the Rise of InnovationFebruary 11 marks the 169th birthday of Thomas Edison. Known for holding over 1,000 patents, Edison’s work left a huge impact on the world. He helped usher in the era of electric light and gave the world a way to capture both sound and motion pictures. There are those who believe that Edison was a ruthless businessman, his iconic image more myth than reality, and that many of his great ideas should in fact be attributed to others. So what is the truth? The library offers several interesting items that explore different perspectives on Edison and the stories behind his many creations.

Readers interested in Edison’s many inventions may want to check out Leonard DeGraaf’s book, Edison and the Rise of Innovation.” DeGraaf serves as the archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and draws from the collection he oversees to give readers an image-filled guide to Edison’s life and work. From photos of Edison’s workplace in Menlo Park, to drawings and diagrams of his many creations, DeGraaf illustrates the broad scope of Edison’s creativity. Continue reading “Getting to Know Thomas Edison”