Category Archives: Pop Culture

Don’t be Ashamed.

Read what you want to read. Don’t be afraid to ask about erotic novels, mental health, LGBT books, etc. The public library is for everyone. If you really don’t want to ask me, or my co-workers you can look them up on our online catalog.

For this reason libraries all our the world celebrate “Banned Book Week” which is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. Its goal is “to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society” (See the ALA).

Libraries and librarians attempt to ensure the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. We strive to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions. So don’t judge and don’t be ashamed. Read what you want. 

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A Week of Light Reading

Our library was closed for several days for asbestos abatement. Now that everything is back to normal I’d like to share with you what I’ve read!

JacketBride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers

Recommended for lovers of historical fiction, this book follows the life of Laure Beasejour, a young, French orphan who is transported to the Canadian colony as part of a program sponsored by King Louis XIV that sent eight hundred young women abroad to marry settlers.

Jacket (1)Off the Record (Record Book 1) by K.A. Linde

Liz Dougherty’s a college newspaper reporter finds herself covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Although his politics rubs Liz the wrong way, their relationship turns into a secret, high-stakes romance that could destroy the careers they each hold dear. Recommended for fans of erotic novels, new adult books and contemporary romance.

dfgOn the Record (Record Book 2) by K.A. Linde

For Liz Dougherty, election day is a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past. But feelings for her former flame still linger. Find out how the romance drama ensues in the second book in the series.

Fall TV Update!

TV shows come and go, but a few that I previously mentioned are still going strong. Madam Secretary (CBS) has Tea Leoni as a former CIA agent who takes on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office’s previous occupant. A recent episode that just aired was filmed in Massapequa and Massapequa’s Nautilus diner!

Another hit The Affair (Showtime) has been renewed for a second season. The show is based on an extramarital relationship between two troubled married people a New York City teacher and a young waitress. The best part of the show is how it is told. It is split into two perspectives, one from the teacher’s side and the other the waitress’. If you are a fan of drama and romance tune in!

State of Affairs - Season 1My other two picks were unfortunately not so long-lasting.  Say goodbye to Fox’s Utopia and ABC’s Manhattan Love Story.

The last show I recommended State of Affairs (NBC) just premiered this Monday night. According to several media outlets, Katherine Heigl is notoriously difficult to work with and doesn’t have many fans in the film industry. How will this bad press affect the popularity of the show? Time will only tell.

I would like to announce another TV show you should check out, The Librarians (TNT)! TNT ordered a 10-episode weekly series version of The Librarian, following the original cast that includes Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, as well as four new characters who work for The Library. Here are some new characters:

  •  Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), who is a counter-terrorism agent who protects the group.
  • Jake Stone (Christian Kane), who has an IQ of 190 and extensive knowledge of Art History.
  • Cassandra (Lindy Booth), who has the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval.
  • Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), “a master of technologies” and fan of classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery.
  • Jenkins (John Larroquette) will serve as the reluctant,  caretaker; he’s worked at The Library’s branch office “for longer than anyone knows” and has extensive knowledge of ancient lore.

The series is set to premiere on December 7th. You can see the trailer here:

Free Movie Tickets!

If you haven’t joined the movie streaming bandwagon you aren’t alone. I don’t subscribe to any digital services, but I do check out many of our DVDs. If I am really interested I see the movie at the movie theater. There are matinée times where you can get a discounted ticket, however these seem to be inconvenient for me so I usually pay full price.

Since I frequent the movie theater I was made aware of certain reward programs which are terrific! If you live near a Regal Entertainment theater you must check out their Regal Crown Club program! There is a Regal theater located in Farmingdale on Route 110 (the one with the Starbucks in front of it). There is also another Regal in our area in the Deer Park Outlets.

The Regal Crown Card is a free rewards card you use when buying movie tickets, and items from the concession stand. The points add up and entitle you to a free soda, popcorn or even a free movie ticket! If you download the app on your phone you can save your card number in the app so you always have it handy, and it also sends you extra coupons for money off of a soda, or popcorn.

Another rewards program you should check out is from Showcase Cinemas called “Starpass”. This is the Farmingdale Multiplex theater and also Island 16 in Holtsville. Although it seems like it takes a little bit longer for me to get a freebie, this also gives you free food and tickets. The rewards print out on receipt paper, so be sure not to throw it away! I am not sure if the lag in vouchers is because I don’t frequent this theater as much, or it just takes more points to accumulate free items. Members enjoy a waiver of online service fees if you book on MovieTickets.com.

So if you are “old-fashioned” like me and still like to attend movies in the theater don’t pass up on these great reward programs. If you can’t be bothered, don’t forget about our huge DVD collection.

Calling all Trivia Buffs!

If you are into random facts and trivia like me, YouTube has a lot to offer. There are many videos on YouTube that are pure entertainment, however there are a few educational channels that are also entertaining! If you are a fan of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green check out MentalFloss. John Green was one of the original hosts of the channel. MentalFloss is probably one of the most unusual channels on YouTube in that the topics are so varied its difficult to list them all. On this channel you will find videos about trivia, american history, psychology, sports, random facts and much more. If you are into a more scientific approach you should watch CGPGrey. His videos are quick paced and have featured explanations of topics such as, the debt limit, the electoral college, understanding family trees, etc.

Where are all of the funny books?

With the passing of Joan Rivers, we have had a few people inquire about some of her books. Comedic books that are not necessarily biographies tend to fall into the “black hole” of browsing.. the 800s. The 800s according to Mr. Dewey is set aside for literature. So unless you are an english major or a big fan of poetry the 800s might not be your usual browsing area. However, if you venture to the 814s-817s you will find books under the subject heading of “american wit and humor”. Joan Rivers, Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, and other authors sometimes have their books shelved in this area. If you would like to reminisce check out some of these books by Ms. Rivers:

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New Fall Shows 2014: My Picks!

Summer is wrapping up, school is almost in session and the days will eventually get a bit colder. Colder weather means more reading and television time! Sadly, one of my favorite shows True Blood is about to end, however there are new shows premiering this fall. Here are my picks of what you should not miss!

Adrien-Brody-as-Houdini_event_mainIf you are short on time, I would recommend Houdini on the History Channel. This two-part miniseries stars Adrien Brody, it chronicles the legendary performer’s life by recounting his various stunts and illusions. Premieres: Monday, Sep. 1 at 9:00pm

newspic040214_fox_utopiaThe reality TV pick for this fall is Utopia on Fox. In this experimental reality series, 15 contestants thrown into the wilderness to spend an entire year building their own society with their own rules. Reality TV meets Lord of the Flies, not sure if I will continue to watch after the first few episodes but I plan on giving it a try. Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 7th at 8:00pm.

madamsecretarycbsMadam Secretary (CBS) has Tea Leoni as a former CIA agent whose former boss, now the president, asks her to take on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office’s previous occupant. Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 21 at 8:00pm Watch the preview here!

manhattan-love-story-abcOver on ABC, Manhattan Love Story is a new comedy about a New York City man and a Midwestern transplant woman who navigate an awkward first date and subsequent budding romance. This show might offer a new laughs, so I will be tuning in. Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 30 at 8:00pm

 TheAffairShowtimeFor those that have Showtime, The Affair examines the emotional and psychological effects of infidelity on two different marriages all set in the glamorous Hamptons. Premieres: After Homeland, Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10:00pm.

State_of_Affairs_NBC (1)Premiering fairly late into autumn, State of Affairs on NBC stars Katherine Heigl as a top CIA attaché who’s tasked to put together a briefing for the president to assess the greatest threats to national security. And just in case that doesn’t sound stressful enough, she spends what little free time she has hunting down the terrorists who killed her fiancé, who also happened to be the president’s son. Can Katherine Heigl pull off a dramatic role? We’ll have to see. Premieres: Monday, Nov. 17 at 10:00pm. Watch the preview here!

Very few new shows are actually renewed so time will tell if these make it. In the meantime I have to prepare my DVR for multitasking, Homeland, Reign, Revenge, Walking Dead, Scandal, and Downton Abbey are all back with new episodes!