P.S. I Love You


Warning #2: Before watching this movie, make sure to have your tissues ready!  I have seen the movie several times and I cry like a baby every single time!

P.S. I Love You stars Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler (from 300 fame) with Harry Connick Jr., Kathy Bates and Lisa Kudrow.  The movie was adapted from the best selling novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern.

Holly (Hillary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) meet while Holly is a tourist in Ireland, where Gerry lives.  They fall deeply in love, get married and move to Manhattan.  Gerry unexpectedly dies of a brain tumor, leaving Holly a widow before her 30th birthday.  Holly is completely devastated and refuses to leave her apartment.  On her 30th birthday a birthday cake and a recorded message is delivered from Gerry who tells her to go out and "celebrate herself."  Several more messages and letters arrive from Gerry coaxing Holly to rediscover herself and move on with her life.  All of Gerry's messages end with "P.S. I Love You." 

American Pie: Slices of Life (and pie) From America's Back Roads by Pascale LeDraoulec

A journalist and a photographer tour America looking for regional pies and the people, history and culture behind them. We learn about Amish and Mennonite Shoofly Pie in Pennsylvania; sweet potato, pecan, and peach  pies in Missississippi , Louisiana, and  Georgia; Mildred Snooks classic Sour Cream Raisin Pie in Wasta, South Dakota, where some believe pie (not Mildred's) was used for election bribery;  the annual Pie Day in Braham, Minnesota (500 pies baked each year); Spruce Park, Montana, where "pie speaks to campers"  and "they wake up in the middle of the night thinking about pie"  (the camp also features an alleged "pie angel" who protects pies from hungry bears);  and Michigan's own Traverse City Cherry Festival where cherry pies rule,  as well as two sisters from Charlevoix in their 80s who still run their family farm and make pies.  

As a dedicated microwave pie baker myself, my favorite chapter was on the  microwave piemaster Bonnie Bale of Lexington, KY. Also noted was a philosopher who asked the author, "Are you looking for pi?"  She writes:"I told him we were not looking for the irrational number by which the diameter of a circle must be multiplied to obtain the circumference."  He replied, "Many people believe that the answers to life's biggest questions lie in the numerical pi...Perhaps it's also true for the kind you bake."  (This reminded me that for my previous low wattage microwave, the baking time for the crust was close to  3.14 minutes. Coincidence? ) 

Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals

Want your family to do more for the Earth as a New Year's resolution for 2014?

This book makes it an easy, fun, and educational project to learn how household waste is all part of the great circle of life in the natural world. You will enjoy the creative artwork which is all made up of collages of recycled paper. Next step - use that compost stew to start a vegetable garden in the spring!

Art in the children's room

The children's room at ELPL has been particularly bright and cheerful this January thanks to gorgeous art created by the students at Stepping Stones Montessori.  If you are in need of some color stop by and visit the exhibit.

Grammy Award Winners

Music of GRAMMY award winners available through ELPL!

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held on Sunday, January 26, 2014. 82 categories were awarded to 67 artists and two categories ended in a tie (Best World Music Album and Best Historical Album).  

But what YOU really want to know is how can I listen to this wonderful music?! Of all of the award winners, ELPL patrons have access to over 75% of the music through Hoopla, Music CDs, DVDs or MelCat!  Below is the winner's list and how you can access the material. 

Winner of Five Awards
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, "Get Lucky"
Record of the Year: Daft Punk, "Get Lucky"
Album of the Year: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories 
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer)
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Winner of Four Awards
Best New Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best Rap Performance: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, "Thrift Shop"
Best Rap Song: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz, "Thrift Shop" 
Best Rap Album: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the Heist
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Winner of Three Awards
Best Engineered Album, Classical: Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks (David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer)
Best Classical Vocal Solo: Maria Schneider; Jay anderson, Frank Kimbrough and Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Winter Morning Walks (Dawn Upshaw) 
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks, Maria Schneider, composer (Dawn Upshaw, Jay anderson, Frank Kimbrough, Scott Robinson and Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Winner of Two Awards Each
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lorde, "Royals"
Song of the Year: Lorde, "Royals" (Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters)
Steam from Hoopla
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Best Country Song: "Merry Go 'Round" (Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne)
Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park
Steam from Hoopla

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Sound City: Real to Reel 
Best Rock Song: Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, "Cut Me Some Slack"
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Best Music Film: Paul McCartney, Live Kisses (Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine and Scott Rodger, video producers)
Best Surround Sound Album: Paul McCartney, Live Kisses (Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; tommy LiPuma, surround producer)
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Best Music Video: Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z, "Suit and Tie" (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)
Best R&B Song: Justin Timberlake, "Pusher Love Girl" (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake, songwriters)
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Best Gospel Song: Tye Tribbett, "If He Did It Before . . . Same God"
Best Gospel Album: Tye Tribbett, Greater Than
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Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: Mandisa, "Overcomer”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Mandisa, Overcomer
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Best Song Written for Visual Media: Adele, "Skyfall" (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, songwriters)
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Skyfall, Thomas Newman, composer
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Great movie finds on Hoopla

So many good things can be found on Hoopla! Here's some recent movies titles well worth your time: Bernie, Sin Nombre, What Maisie Knew, The Iceman, and Monsieur Lazhar.

Haven't tried Hoopla yet?  Click here to get started.

African American History collections on Hoopla

Have you explored the rich digital content available on Hoopla?  Hoopla has thousands of selections to help you celebrate African American History Month:



Movies & TV

Week 3 Leaderboard - Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2014

We're just finishing up the third week of Hot Reads for Cold Nights and we have a leaderboard update.  Next week is going to be another chilly one so stock up on library materials this weekend, load up your devices with Hoopla media and Cloud eBooks and rack up those points!


You're Invited!

You're Invited!

3rd Annual Books, Bites and Bids 
Library Fundraiser 
Friday, April 25, 2014 6-8:30pm


Silent auction, live music, children's activities, heavy hors d'oeuvres,
drinks and a short program at 6:45pm. 

A donation of $30 per person or $50 per couple/family is suggested.

The Owner's Manual to the Voice: a Guide for Singers and Other Professional voice users by Rachael Gates

How are the voices of a country music singer and an opera singer similar?  Why can clearing your throat, coughing, and suppressing a sneeze all damage your voice?

Written by three experts in the field, including MSU's Dr. Rachel Gates, this manual is a must-read for all singers, actors, and public speakers of all kinds.  Although aimed at the professional, it is a how-to book that answers a lot of questions we all have about the use and care of this unique instrument.

The layout progresses from the basic anatomical mechanics involved in singing and speaking to troubleshooting potential problems to finding a good physician if necessary.

Although I am not a singer, actor or public speaker myself, I love music and theater.  If you are interested in these types of performing arts you, too, may be intrigued to learn about the dynamics of a trained voice.

Out of this World Book Club January 2014

On January 22 we will be talking up Kurt Vonnegut's classic time travel novel (Billy Pilgrim, Vonnegut's main character becomes "unstuck in time") 

International Book Club - February 2014

On February 20 we will be discussing A Girl Made of Dust by Natalie Abi-Ezzi.  This novel is set during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the early 1980s, and based on the author's personal experiences of the conflict.