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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

I Dissent book cover: illustration of supreme court justice Ruth Bader ginsburg"Step by step, she has made a difference... one disagreement after another."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, was the first Jewish woman on the United States Supreme Court and, at nearly 84 years old, she still serves on the Court today. Learn about Ruth's childhood and the injustice she personally faced as a woman and as a Jewish person and how this inspired her to break barriers and stand up for not only herself, but for others facing injustice as well. To become the change you wish to see in the world, there is no better place to start than with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Hand this title to readers of all ages, particularly those in elementary school, who have a strong voice, a passion for justice and politics, or who want to learn more about one of the most important female figures of modern times.

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Brittany, Kids World

Hidden Figures Kids

These kids at Milwaukee College Prep in Wisconsin totally nailed their Black History Month school project by dressing up as the characters from Hidden Figures, the book and movie that tells the nearly forgotten story of the African American women who helped to make NASA’s trip to the moon possible.

Hidden Figures has been a surprise hit. The book by Margot Lee Shetterly hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List and the movie knocked Star Wars: Rogue One out of the top spot at the box office before being nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

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Eight Best Football Movies for Super Bowl Sunday

No matter who wins this Sunday, one thing’s for sure, once the Super Bowl is over there’s still going to be a lot of adrenaline flowing. Why not wind down with a great movie.

Jerry Maguire
A sports agent suddenly discovers his scruples and promptly loses his job. But with the help of one loyal colleague and one outrageous football player, he learns that loving well is the best revenge.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Friday Night Lights
Odessa, Texas is home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record. The city’s economy is in a tailspin, but football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Draft Day
On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.
DVD | Blu-Ray

The Blind Side
Homeless African-American teenager Michael Oher is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential to become an All-American offensive left tackle.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Remember the Titans
After leading his team to fifteen winning seasons, white football coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by African-American Herman Boone, tough, opinionated, and as different from Yoast as could be. The two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions.
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The Longest Yard
A former pro football quarterback suddenly lands in a maximum security prison. Using fellow inmates, he must put together a motley group of convicts to play a no-holds-barred grudge game against the sadistic guards.
DVD

Any Given Sunday
Tony D’Amato, the embattled Sharks coach, faces a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy Sharks owner who’s sure Tony is way behind the times.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Rudy
Although people have told Rudy all his life he’s not good enough, smart enough, or big enough, nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame.
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Valentine’s Day Giveway

For many of us Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year. A time to express and receive love from those most important to us. For others, it’s a horrific day, a cynical, made-up holiday designed to make us buy flowers or feel sorry for ourselves.

This year, we’re letting you decide. Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think of Valentine’s Day. Two lucky commenters will be chosen at random to receive a bag of books. One bag is full of romance novels, the other, thrillers and horror novels.

To be eligible to win, comment on our Valentine’s Day Facebook post with “Horrific” or “Romantic” and tell us where you live. After February 19th, we’ll pick two names at random to win.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle Scores: Giles-22; Pennoyer-21; St Eugene-20; Leigh-20; St Monica Blue-16; St Monica WHite-16; Union Ridge-15

Congratulations to the teams for an excellent practice round!

Giles took first place with Pennoyer in second. St. Eugene and Leigh ended up in a tie for third place.  Now, a word of caution: two of the teams in these upper ranks had warning eggs. If that warning had become a negative point, they would have lost their placement. Be aware of your teams' vocal volume and behavior. You do not want to lose your ranking for something that can be easily avoided.

Battle 1 will officially start next week. The scores from Practice Battle do not carry over, so this is a perfect opportunity to start fresh, as all teams will be even again. Remember, each book will covered in every battle, so make sure all books have been read and the experts are in the team square by 4:00pm.

If there are any questions on the rules of Battle of the Books or to declare a food allergy, please contact Kids World.

Good luck to all the school teams!

2017 Academy Awards

The official nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced earlier this week.

As usual we’re holding our annual Academy Awards Contest. Look for entry forms the next time you visit Eisenhower and check off your selections from each category. Entries with the most corrects guesses will be eligible to win a movie-themed prize bag. We’re accepting entries until Sunday, February 26th when the Oscar ceremony is broadcast.

Speaking of the broadcast, for the second year in a row, we’re hosting an After Hours Awards Party. We’ll watch the Oscar show live at Eisenhower with a trivia contest during the show, prizes, snacks, and more. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’d love for you to join us. Register now.


Most of the nominees for Best Picture are not yet available for viewing at home. Still, some are already listed in the library catalog. If you place a hold now, you’ll be on the list to borrow a copy as soon as the movies are ready to loan.

Arrival
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
DVD | Blu-ray

Fences
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
DVD

Hacksaw Ridge
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Hell or High Water
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Hidden Figures
Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
DVD

La La Land
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in this original musical exploring the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Lion
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Manchester by the Sea
An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Moonlight
Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Practice Battle Today

clipat image of a sword through booksWe are so excited to officially open the Battle of the Books for the 2016-2017 Season!

Practice Battle will be held in the Library. Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. We will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please go to the 2nd floor.

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White book cover: a red cover with a black silhouette of an apple"An apple for a pretty thing?"

Most readers are familiar with the story of Snow White, so there will be no real surprises in plot here. However, knowing what is coming just adds to the artful suspense in this graphic novel. Phelan frames his retelling of Snow White in New York City during the late 1920s/early 1930s. Here, Snow White is the daughter of the "King of Wall Street," and the evil stepmother a "Broadway Queen."

Fans of Phelan's Storm in the Barn will find this a tad more sinster in tone.  Deliciously dark, the art leaves much of the acts of violence to the imagination, depicting the omnious results, and is all the more powerful for it.  The fantastical fairy tale is enriched by its historical dressings. The magic mirror has become a stock printer, which is not only a great introduction with the technology of the time, but an ingenious metaphor. Tuberculosis, the stock market crash, the display windows all feature prominently in the plot line. The art stays true to the time period as well, depicting appriopriate room furnishings and clothing.

True to Phelan's style, there is not a lot of text bogging up the pages of this graphic novel, and many panels rely solely on the art to move the story along. A sly "quick" read that invites multiple re-readings to pore over subtlies in the evocative art. This graphic novel is recommended for grades 4 and up.

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Celeste, Kids World

Leaving Lucy Pear

Monday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon.

In 1917 Beatrice sneaks out of her uncle's house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea returns to her uncle’s house, seeking refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

The Woman in Cabin 10

Last year, nearly 1% of all the fiction published in the U.S. reportedly contained the word “girl” in the title. Of course, that’s because of the successes of books like Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

One of last year’s hit books is hopefully a signal that titles are growing up.

In The Woman in Cabin 10, travel writer Lo Blacklock has finally gotten her big break. Her boss is on maternity leave and has handpicked Lo to take her place reporting on the maiden voyage of The Aurora Borealis, a luxury cruise ship marketed to ultra-wealthy vacationers. Everything would be great if only she could get past the anxiety she’s been experiencing since she was trapped in her apartment by a burglar. If only she didn’t need to treat that anxiety with copious amounts of alcohol. If only she wasn’t awoken in the middle of the night by the sounds of a possible murder in the room next to her’s. And if only there was some evidence that anyone had ever even occupied that room.

Lo may be a full-grown woman now, but she isn’t a very proactive one. Most of the plot happens around her and she’s just along for the ride. You’ll probably want to go along too, just to see if you figured out the mystery.

I bet you will have.

Place a hold on The Woman in Cabin 10 in your preferred format.

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