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Love Stinks

Dirty Love Poster

Not a fan of Valentine's Day? If the traditional romance films aren't your cup of tea this time of year, consider the line written by Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night's Dream, "The course of true love never did run smooth." While these films feature the pain of heartbreak and fall out from bad break-ups, they still manage to celebrate friendship and the (eventually) fruitful pursuit of true love.

The Decemberists Tonight at The Ogden

The King is Dead Album Cover

Portland based rock-band, The Decemberists, will be rocking The Ogden tonight. Don't have tickets to the sold out show? Don't despair, the library owns many of their albums, including their latest, The King is Dead, which just came out on January 14th.

If you aren't already a fa

It Was 47 Years Ago Today...

On February 9, 1964 the Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. This historic event started what was forever known as Beatlemania!

The Beatles films include:

Documentaries about The Beatles:

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

Quirky Gentlemen

The films Gentlemen Broncos and The Extra Man are frolicsome comedies that portray unique young men who are writers and maintain an unconventional relationship with a mentor. If you like eccentric comedies that can venture into the absurd, I recommend these two films.

Gentlemen Broncos is from the same geniuses who made Napoleon Dynamite. When I first saw Napoleon Dynamite, I admit, I wasn't sure it was funny until the second viewing.

Book to Movie News: The Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards airs on February 27, 2011. Who are your favorites to bring home the Oscar? Many of this year's nominated films are based on books! Do you prefer to read the book before or after the movie?

  • Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan is the basis for the film The Town, nominated for Best Picture.
  • War by Sebastian Junger is the basis for the film Restrepo, nominated for Best Documentary.

Not Your Average Bowl: Snacks, Soup and Salads

100 Calorie Snack Cookbook

Set yourself apart from the crowd this Super Bowl Sunday by choosing to snack smarter. The LA Times reports that on average every viewer watching the game will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat. Check out these great cookbooks with healthy recipes for snacks, appetizers, soups and salads. Your Home Team will cheer for leading them to a win with these great recipes.

Football Films

Super Bowl XLV Logo

The 45th Annual Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 6, 2011. Whether you are rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers, these football films will have you cheering! Which football film is your favorite?

Celebrate No Name-Calling Week!

No Name-Calling Week

Anyone who has ever been called a name knows that words can hurt. Children and adults can put an end to bullying and name calling by talking openly and honestly about this behavior and ways to handle these difficult situations.

Books for Kids:

Books for Adults:

My Favorite Show: The Cape

The Cape

Only 3 episodes have aired of the new show The Cape, but I am already hooked. If you've missed it, don't despair, you can watch full episodes online for free. Wrongly accused and presumed dead, Vince Farraday finds refuge within a circus of thieves who teach him an odd assortment of skills. He earns The Cape - a hooded cloak with stunning properties.

Very much rooted in the superhero genre, it has the flair of the early seasons of Heroes, the action of the BBC show Robin Hood and is blended with the humor of Firefly.

More Live Action Caped Crusader TV Shows:

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