One of the great perks of being a librarian is that you are surrounded by people who are as passionate about books as you are. I have found that books are a great way to connect with other people and that the shared experience of having read the same author or similar titles can help create lifelong friends. While taking a tour of the Croatian islands during my honeymoon, a fellow passenger and I bonded over our mutual love of Octavia Butler. The other passengers stared curiously at us as we talked a hundred miles a minute and gesticulated wildly because we could not contain our love for Butler and her award-winning books. Thinking back on that conversation, I considered some of the other great authors I look forward to reading throughout the year and especially during February to celebrate African American History Month.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to work on your productivity. While there are many resources—books, articles, TED talks, etc.—it is often hard to determine which ones are helpful. Will a new morning routine help you do more work? Or, perhaps it’s your Sunday rituals that need to change. Maybe you should lock your cell phone in a drawer for hours a day or purchase an app that blocks the Internet. Are you planning your time well, or should you focus more on your energy?
The promise of being more productive often lures me into reading yet another book or article. Until I read Deep Work, by Cal Newport, however, all of the ideas seemed to be more add-on systems than a way to rework how I think and do things.
Actor Arthur Leander has experienced a number of peaks and valleys in his lengthy Hollywood career. As he prepares to take the stage as King Lear in what will be his final performance, he’s hardly at the top of his game. Hard living and a separation from his only son have taken their toll, and Arthur succumbs to a heart attack as the audience watches. Kirsten, a young child also in the production, is traumatized by Arthur’s death and will remember this day far into the future.
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind—until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. (catalog summary)
Read the other two books in the Fifty Shades trilogy:
Read the other books by E.L. James, seen through Christian Grey's eyes:
Fifty Shades Freed is an upcoming American psychological erotic romantic thriller film directed by James Foley and written by Niall Leonard, based on the novel of the same name by E. L. James. It is the final film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, and a sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) and Fifty Shades Darker (2017). The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively. It is set to be released in the United States on February 9, 2018. (catalog summary)
If you're looking for similar titles to the Fifty Shades trilogy, check out these other erotic thrillers:
From the West Coast to the East Coast, this month's guest reader has experienced the many opportunities that libraries offer.
Born in Southern California, my first exposure to a library was in conjunction with the local summer reading program. When it was blazing hot my mother would drive us to the library, which was an oasis of coolness. While I greatly appreciated the very effective air conditioning years ago, the early exposure to books has generated a lifetime of enjoyment from reading.
Romance is in the air, and the classic cinema choices on Kanopy bring it. The following 7 films are teeming with all different kinds of romance genres, including sexy thrillers, romcoms, romantic period movies, and even a musical. These are films are perfect for the month of February. Watch the YouTube trailers below to make your choice!
Please note: On Kanopy, you receive 10 play credits per month to use. As soon as you click “play” on a movie, a play credit is deducted. Once a movie is played, you have 72 hours to watch it, using 1 play credit. Kanopy includes some mature content that is best suited for our adult customers.
Snow Branch is getting an exciting new look! Spotsylvania County has contracted for new carpeting for the entire branch. This is the final phase of renovations that began last year when the county painted the branch with fresh, new colors.
New carpet is already in place in the majority of the branch, but some old tile was uncovered in a few of the rooms and needs to be removed before they can finish the project. As a result, the Snow Branch will be closed February 5-11 and will reopen on February 12th with fresh new carpet throughout!
If you visit on the 12th, you will get a behind the scenes look as County staff moves furniture and shelving into place, and library staff puts materials back on the shelves of the impacted rooms.
Like most animals during the winter months, field mice take cover underground. They stay warm in tiny burrows built into farmhouse walls or hollow logs. But not Lucy. Lucy the field mouse LOVES winter. She loves the feeling of the snow beneath her paws, the frosty air that makes her whiskers freeze. Most of all, Lucy loves her fluffy wool hat that keeps her head—and heart—warm.
It makes her brave. It makes her bold. It makes her bloom!
We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. - Stella, Rear Window (1954)
Doctor Anna Fox has agoraphobia, the fear of going outside, thanks to the ravaging PTSD that settled in after a near-fatal accident during New England winter over a year ago. Anna has been confined to her house in Harlem for 10 months. Even worse, her beloved husband Ed has left her and has taken their eight-year-old daughter Olivia with him. Her successful child psychology firm is being run alone by her business partner. The only contacts Anna has with the outside world are her own psychologist Dr. Fielding, a specialist in agoraphobia; her physical therapist Bina, who helps heal her broken leg; and the helpful, young, attractive tenant David, who lives in the basement in what used to be Ed's office.
Whether you’ve been with us since January 1 or are just now thinking about joining the Winter Reading Challenge for adults, we want to remind you that there is so much to explore.
Fun Missions. Entirely Possible.
You can add the Arts v. Apocalypse and Romance on the Big Screen badges to your completed missions list by streaming romantic films, listening to a bestselling author, playing around in the Shakespeare Video Booth, and more.