December 29th, 2011

Our New Video Game Collection

Cecil County Public Library Video Game CollectionGuess what we got for Christmas!

Yes, we (two almost elderly adults) added Xbox Kinect to things that hang off our TV!  What are we doing with Xbox?   Well, we’re hoping to attract the grandkids for one thing.  And we’re hoping to exercise both our aging brains and bodies playing educational and physical games for another.  And of course the thrill of virtually shooting evil bad guys from the security of the living room ranks right up there.

But the best news of all is that I can borrow games for free from Cecil County Public Library.  The library now offers Xbox, Kinect and Wii games to be borrowed just like books.  They check out to adults 18 and over for 7 days, two at a time.  All it takes is a Cecil County Public Library Card in good standing (free to residents) and an easy 3 step process:

1.     Browse the collections online or see browsing guides found in each library and select the games you would like to borrow.

2.    Place hold requests on the games you want and the library will call you when it’s your turn.   Ask the staff for help if you need it.

3.    Pick up the game at your local branch and play away for 7 days.  After that there’s a charge of $1 per day (max fine is $5).

So extend your video gaming experience and try new things in the New Year.  Visit your library!


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December 7th, 2011

Books That Inspired Great TV

When I read a book, I don’t really “see” much. Characters are just vague outlines in my imagination, like people seen at a distance without my glasses. Their words are spoken in my voice, making some scenarios a little awkward. Descriptions of beautiful vistas? Consider them instantly forgotten. Perish the thought of having to imagine what a fantastical creature looks like, even with a long string of adjectives to guide me.

This problem makes Fantasy an untouchable genre. Science Fiction is a considerable struggle as well. Remove the setting descriptions in Westerns and it’s just a bunch of faceless cowboys with nondescript guns and war cries that sound a lot like my “ack! a spider!” shriek.

I don’t like being confined to a few genres, particularly because I help people find their next favorite book. So I cheat a little. Watching movies and TV shows based on books helps me see the scenery, hear the characters, and experience the story more fully before I read the book. This ruins things for people with a rich visual mindscape. (You can easily pick them out of a crowd because they say things like, “I can’t believe they casted so-in-so in that movie. He doesn’t look at ALL how he’s supposed to look.”) To them, I tip my hat.

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Check out this list of TV shows based on books and make your own comparisons!

•    Bones (FOX): Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
•    Christy (CBS): Christy by Catherine Marshall
•    Dexter (Showtime): Dexter Morgan series by Jeffry Lindsay
•    The Dresden Files (Syfy): The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
•    Flashforward (ABC): Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
•    Game of Thrones (HBO): A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
•    Friday Night Lights (NBC): Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
•    Gossip Girl (The CW): Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar
•    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (BBC): Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George
•    Rizzoli & Isles (TNT): Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen
•    Kitchen Confidential (FOX): Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
•    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family): Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
•    True Blood (HBO): Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
•    The Vampire Diaries (The CW): Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith
•    The Walking Dead (AMC): The Walking Dead graphic novel series by Robert Kirkman

For a list of books that inspired movies, click here.

When you read, do you “see” anything? What’s your favorite book/film/TV show adaptation?


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