I’m not sure that I have ever seen quite so many women swoon as I have as they walk back into the library to return their copy of the “Poldark” DVD! Lucky for me, I caught this series on PBS last season and was instantly hooke...read more
The promotional poster for Whiplash reads, "Exhilarating," "Astounding," "Electrifying!" This movie is all of that and so much more.
Andrew Neiman is a young drummer who dreams of becoming a great jazz musician. He has secured a spot in one of Man...read more
Colin Firth can do no wrong. I have been swept away by him in every movie he has ever worked in, and his portrayal of Eric Lomax in "The Railway Man" once again transported me.
Firth flawlessly plays British Army Lieutenant Eric Lomax who, along wi...read more
I don't always read what is popular and mainstream but "Orphan Train", written by Christina Baker Kline has been coming across the check-out desk so often that I had to see what all the hype is about. I was hooked at the start and moved to tears by...read more
How is it possible to love a book but be so angry with the principal character? That is the question I had to ask myself after reading the "Patron Saint of Liars" by Ann Patchett. I absolutely loved the book to the point that I couldn't put it dow...read more
Lately, I've been freaking out. My son is a junior in high school and I'm feeling the pressure of trying to get him excited and interested in exploring college options and deciding where he would LOVE to spend his life for at least four years. Cho...read more
At Cecil County Public Library, we have recently been focusing on disaster preparedness and learning ways to help our patrons before, during and after an emergency situation. Discussing these issues has brought to mind I book I read recently and hav...read more
I am exhilarated with books that make my heart race. That keep you up at night turning pages because you just can't stop until you find out what happens next. Throw in some tension, evil souls and a dose of trepidation and I am hooked! For these ...read more
Some say that readers are travelers of the mind. Books can take us to exotic places that we might never visit in our lifetime. We can develop a vast knowledge of the world in a book's pages through the descriptions of far off lands and people who l...read more
2012 was an incredible year for movies. Alongside blockbuster releases like Lincoln, Les Miserables and Django Unchained, one movie stood out as real, heartfelt and human. That movie was Silver Linings Playbook. I first saw this in the theater wit...read more
I recently fell in love......with a movie! Within my 3 day check out time limit, I watched the entire thing 3 times. Not because I have nothing better to do, but truly because it was that good. I wanted to make sure that I had captured every moment...read more
Everything about the subject of bullying breaks my heart. When I hear about a child who is being bullied, I go to pieces. Even when I hear about the one who is committing the act, I feel sad and sorry. What could make a person cold enough to want ...read more
For all the fans of John Grisham, and I know there are many of you, please don't hate me if I say that I don't really read his work. I don't care much for his legal thrillers. Maybe because my husband once practiced law and we were never approached...read more
If you want a trip back to your early teenage years, either to pine for them, or cringe from the torture of them, this wonderful book will take you there. I have never read anything so true and heartfelt as the depiction of the two inseparable best ...read more
My dream of a perfect evening.....
It's a warm, summer night. The torches are lit on the deck and we have the television pulled outside to watch the O's game. Our close friends are over and we are enjoying a few beverages, possibly even of the adult...
I grew up in a family of Southern women who loved to tell stories. Some of my favorite memories from childhood are of sitting at my grandmother's knee while she told stories of her family who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. History a...read more
Every New Year we all at least think about making resolutions. What can we do to make ourselves better people? Lose weight? Quit smoking? Be better parents, spouses or friends? There is something in every one of us that we can improve on. We a...read more
Early this winter I started to see film trailers, ads, and interviews with the stars of a new movie called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close". This movie looked like a sure Oscar contender with a big name cast and a beautiful story line. Tissues...read more
With our shelves filled with so many blockbuster movies and classics, it's easy to overlook some of the wonderful, small release titles we carry. I happened to see a trailer for "The Music Never Stopped" while watching another film recently and remem...read more
The book will be cherished by everyone who reads it and can be appreciated by teens and adults equally. This is the story of Junior, or as he is called by his given name, Arnold Spirit. Being born on a Spokane Indian Reservation guarantees that you...read more
As a young girl, I read The Diary of Anne Frank, and count it as one of the most cherished books I have ever read. It wasn't just the story of Anne that I loved, but the way she wrote that brought the people to life and made their story even more sad...read more