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How do I find out what Blu-ray titles you have?
Search our catalog and limit your search by the format Blu-ray, or click on the “Blu-ray On Order” link of the left side of the catalog page.

How many Blu-ray’s can I put on hold?
You are limited to 5 holds for Blu-ray titles that are 7-day checkout (feature films); 5 holds for Blu-Ray titles that are 21-day checkout (non-fiction and TV series) and 5 holds for Children’s Blu-Ray titles (these are all 7-day checkout) on your card at one time. You are still limited to a maximum of 30 holds (all formats combined) per library card.

Taxing Consequences

Douglas H. Shulman

Meet Douglas H. Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue. He presides over the Internal Revenue Service and probably doesn't have time for too many movies.

If he did relax with a movie before April 17 (this year), he might like one of the following comedies or dramas depicting everything from rogue I.R.S. agents to creative tax preparers. And if you can't find a connection, watch them again employing six degrees of separation between the film characters and the I.R.S.!

The Great Stone Face

Cover image from Buster:  A Legend in Laughter by Larry Edwards

Fans of The Artist may enjoy the antics of comedic film star Buster Keaton.

Raised performing vaudeville with his parents, Keaton's big break came in 1917 when he appeared in "Fatty" Arbuckle's The Butcher Boy. By the 1920s, Keaton had his own studio. Inspired by Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, Keaton wrote and starred in The General - often considered the best film of its era.

"Oh my dears, is it really true?"

Maggie Smith as Lady Grantham

Yes, it's true! Downton Abbey concludes its second season on PBS and we’re in for a long wait before the third season arrives next year.

After winning a list of awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Downton Abbey groupies are pondering how to manage during the interim.

To help us through the rough patch, we have compiled a list of titles (books and films) to keep you entertained. Whether you’re in the mood for Downton-style storytelling or non-fiction that examines life and relationships in an Edwardian country house, the Library has something for everyone.

Couples collaborating: Farrow and Allen

The Hannah and Her Sisters movie poster

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's incredibly public breakup, which gave tabloids more fodder than they could ever dream from a Hollywood couple, remains in the public consciousness. So much so, it overshadows the many excellent films the two made as a couple--some of Allen's finest films.

For ten years, Farrow starred in all thirteen of Allen's films. The collaboration began in 1982, with A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, with Farrow part of the ensemble. Farrow soon became Allen's romantic interest in films (Zelig or Broadway Danny Rose), but more often she became the lead character. Farrow is the protagonist in films like The Purple Rose of Cairo and September. In three of the films--Alice, Hannah and Her Sisters and Another Woman--Farrow portrays the titular character.

Couples collaborating: Woodward and Newman

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

While many married Hollywood couples collaborate, not many do so with as many films or over as many decades as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward did... and still do.

When Paul Newman retired from acting in 2002, eight years before his death (except for voicing "Doc Hudson" in 2006's Cars), he stayed active in filmmaking. His widow, Joanne Woodward, has just signed on to executive produce a project Newman had been putting together.

84th Academy Award Nominations

A photography of an Academy Award statuette

It's officially Oscar season again and, like every year, there are some suprises and disappointments in the nominations.

Oscar nomination favorites like David Fincher, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney found themselves shut out (for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, J Edgar and The Ides of March) and the Academy ignored the more popular choices (Bridesmaids, the final Harry Potter and Dragon Tattoo again).

Below is a full list of the major nominations, along with links to the library catalog for the nominees.

Happy Birthday, Archie Leach!

Photograph of Cary Grant

January 18 was the day of Archibald Leach's birth, in 1904, in Bristol, England. Leach, a one-time stilt walker and vaudevillian, would become world famous in the 1930s under a different name... Cary Grant.

Grant originally came to the United States as part of a stage troupe and stayed when everyone else went home. After spending almost a decade in vaudeville and on stage, he went to Hollywood and his new bosses at Paramount pictures renamed him Cary Grant (the initials, C.G., were already popular with moviegoers--Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were two of the biggest movie stars in the world).

It's like Shakespeare... on a plane

A drawing of William Shakespeare

While Kenneth Branagh's 1989 Henry V itself was not a Hollywood production, its critical and commercial success led to a new wave of Shakespeare adaptations.

Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 Hamlet is something of an exception--it completed Zeffirelli's Shakespeare trilogy. He started it in the sixties with Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet.

For the early 1990s, Branagh was the popular face of Shakespeare--he adapted Much Ado About Nothing in 1993 and appeared (but did not direct) in 1995's Othello.

MLK Day of Service

The Sunken City dvd cover image

Many people across the country observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the MLK Day of Service, coming together--this year on Monday, January 16--to serve their neighbors and their communities. Whether you are going to participate in a service project or not, the following films tell stories of service and activism that will impress and inspire you.

Sunken City: Rebuilding Post-Katrina New Orleans When Hurricane Katrina devastated and nearly destroyed the city of New Orleans, it was only through the efforts of millions of volunteers that life found a way to carry on. Celebrate the achievements of the people who rebuilt this shattered city, and explore the government structure whose haphazard response may have threatened the lives, and livelihood, of many.

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