Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents this readers advisory blog to promote reading and literacy. MPL Readers Advisory Blog covers books for all ages. We also link to our videos, promo trailers, program trailers, and book trailers on the MPL YouTube Channel. We welcome your feedback and comments.
November is Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate Native American heritage by learning more about Native American society and history in your area. The roots we share around the world give the tree of humanity greater strength.
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This is a parody of the music video and song "Dynamite," by Taio Cruz (Mercury Records, 2010). "Dynamite" soundtrack by Karaoke Hitz (2010). New lyrics written by Suzanne Walker. Produced by Mooresville Public Library and City Dump Records (http://www.myspace.com/citydumprec). Video editor: Suzanne Walker. Vocalists: Meghan Adams, Lori Becker, Kate Meador, and Suzanne Walker. Creative team: Suzanne Walker, Jaymi Edwards, Meghan Adams, and Bill Buckley. Directed by Suzanne Walker and Jaymi Edwards. Featuring the staff and volunteers of Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) and the Freers and Jensens. Thanks to Baby Dax.
Tober has many great ideas to share about how libraries can be fun for you to explore. His feline observations are insightful, clever, and humorous. But that's no surprise to us "cat people." Kitties have been running the show since at least the Egyptians.
One of our book trailers features one of Vicki Myron's children's books about Dewey Readmore Books, the Spencer (Iowa) Public Library cat. Tober leads the cast of "kitty extras" shown in the second half of the video.
Looking for a classic mystery thriller? One need look no further than Agatha Christie. Like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, Christie's mysteries helped define the genre. It is hard to imagine the modern murder mystery without tipping the hat to Christie's genius. Our book trailer (below) showcases one of Christie's masterpieces, And Then There Were None.
Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents two versions of a program trailer promoting libraries. The first version below features as its soundtrack "I Canali di Venezia" from the music CD "Through Abstract Eyes" by Daniel E. Buckley. The second features "Imagination Land" from the music CD "Music Therapy for the Deranged" by Daniel E. Buckley. Please let us know which you like better. Thanks.
Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring the revised 2010 edition of "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More," by Barry Glassner (ISBN 9780465003365).
We have slightly revised our program trailer showcasing Evergreen Indiana, the open-source, integrated library system. At the suggestion of one of our staff, we have added to the credits the word cast to clarify those MPL employees who played the roles of circulation associate and patron (both are actually circulation staff). We also elaborated on the Flickr.com Creative Commons image credits. Our revised program trailer appears below.
Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a "program trailer" featuring Evergreen Indiana, the state's open-source, integrated library system, operated in partnership with the Indiana State Library. Evergreen Indiana is continually growing as new member libraries join the consortium. As of September, 2010, the E.I. consortium included 90 public, school, and institutional libraries across the state. The Evergreen Indiana catalog contains over 5.2 million items and 3.3 million bibliographic records, and the system serves over 705,000 Hoosier residents. For a complete list of participating libraries, please visit the Indiana State Library web site at http://www.in.gov/library/evergreen.htm
The end of October will soon be upon us, and those who enjoy ghosts, haunted places, and Halloween will find many interesting books among our paranormal and folklore collections. Here are several book trailers to hint at the scary stuff that awaits!
Max Ehrlich first published The Reincarnation of Peter Proud in 1973 (Doubleday, hardcover) and again in 1974 (Bantam, paperback). The edition I read, however, was a hardcover published by Bobbs-Merrill of Indianapolis, which, sadly, was probably sold at a family garage sale. I read the book in college after seeing the 1975 movie version (starring Michael Sarrazin, Jennifer O'Neill, and Margot Kidder; directed by J. Lee Thompson). Ehrlich also wrote the screenplay, changing a few key details, such as the final climactic dream sequence (in the book, it happened at a theater; in the movie, it occurred at a swimming pool). For the most part, however, the movie followed the book's plot. The book delivered more substance, though, as is usual when compared with movie adaptations. One can usually tell more story in 200 pages than 120 minutes. Admittedly, the actors were more attractive than I had imagined reading their written descriptions.
Our book trailer below summarizes the plot:
Allow me to elaborate slightly. Professor Peter Proud suffers recurring nightmares involving swimming nude across a lake, encountering a woman in a rowboat, and being clubbed unconscious with a boat oar and drowning. Peter seeks professional help from a psychologist where he teaches, and together they discover that these are not ordinary dreams. (Well, duh.) Peter realizes that these sleeping images represent actual historical events from a previous life. Peter takes a sabbatical and travels across the country in search of the people and places of his nightmares. What he discovers reveals much about who he once was (and is now), the circumstances surrounding his prior death, and the socioeconomic attitudes and conditions of the pertinent players in this little drama.
Ehrlich has constructed a fast-paced, engaging, and suspenseful novel. There are a few convenient plot devices, such as Peter's ability to leave his job and explore his (former) past and engage in a romantic relationship with the daughter of the mysterious woman from his dreams, but these are pleasantly and unobtrusively woven into the plot. There is subtle intrigue and adventure, which makes for an enjoyable diversion.
To lend authenticity to the story, there are references to some clinical techniques used in reincarnation research, and there are also glimpses of certain philosophical issues, such as karma, that are key to reincarnation. But such considerations are purely secondary; Ehrlich has crafted his fiction to capture the excitement of the unknown and mysterious.
Check your local public library for the book. You will likely need interlibrary loan to secure a copy, although plenty of inexpensive editions are available through the online used book sellers. You might even check a few garage sales or flea markets. If you find my Bobbs-Merrill edition, I want it back. That seems like balanced karma to me.