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Music for the Family

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Family Music List

Treat your family to CD recommendations from KDL staff families. Click on the Kitty at the left to view the whole list!

What family CDs can you recommend? 



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Expanded Personalized Picks Service

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

KDL has expanded online recommendations! In addition to our previous personalized reading list service, librarians can now send out lists of movies or music chosen especially for you. Click on Personalized Picks and complete the online questionnaire, letting us know what you like to read, watch or listen to. We will send you some suggested titles with links to KDL’s catalog, so you can place holds and have your selections ready to pick up at your local branch in a few days.

Let us help you discover something new!

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Music to Get You Moving

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Black Eyed PeasKent District Library Staff have chosen their favorite “get moving ” music.  Check out their picks, and check out the music at KDL. Look for CDs in our catalog, or free music downloads from Freegal. For more suggestions, go to our Music Page.

What music gets you walking, running, cleaning, dancing?

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Soundtrack to The Help

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The Help Soundtrack

While you’re waiting to watch the movie version of Kathryn Stockett’s wonderfully intimate portrait of Mississippi in the early 1960’s, check out the music from KDL.  Tracks on the soundtrack include:   

The Living Proof/Mary J. Blige
Jackson/Johnny Cash
Sherry/Frankie Valli
I Ain’t Never/Webb Pierce
Victory Is Mine/Dorothy Norwood
Road Runner/Bo Diddley
Hallelujah I Love Her So/Ray Charles
The Wah-Watusi/The Orlons
(You’ve Got) Personality/Lloyd Price
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right/Bob Dylan
Let’s Twist Again/Chubby Checker
Don’t Knock/Mavis Staples

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Know Any Psychopaths?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I read fiction, rarely nonfiction. At first glance, I assumed Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test was simply a clinical view of psychological aberrations. The inclusion of a checklist to identify psychopaths, and his assertion in the press that 1 in 100 people you run into are, in fact, psychopaths was interesting to me. You guessed it, I had someone in mind to check against the list. This book turned out to be much more than that. The fiction I love best delves into characters, showing all sides and beautiful ambiguous shadings of dark and light, good and bad. This book was a great nonfiction fit, and reads like a great story.

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Summer Blockbusters at KDL

Friday, July 1st, 2011

While you’re waiting for the final Harry Potter movie, check out KDL staff’s favorite summer blockbusters. They’re free to check out, but popcorn is not included.

DVD Staff Picks

What’s your favorite summer blockbuster? Let us know in the comments!

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Great DVD You Have Never Heard of

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Snow CakeSnow Cake (DRA/NR) is the story of an autistic woman and her daugther whose lives tragically intersect with a lonely stranger. I had no expectations of this movie, but was intrigued by the combination of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. (Ripley and Snape?)  Forget every other role you’ve seen them play. This movie is about adults, flawed, well-intentioned, ugly and beautiful.  If you like complicated characters who slowly reveal themselves, you will be moved by Snow Cake.

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And the Oscar Goes To . . .

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spoken, and KDL has this year’s big winners available for check out, and it’s all FREE!

2011 Academy Award Winners:

Best Picture, Tom Hooper for Best Director, Colin Firth for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and David Seidler for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) – The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Black Swan

Melissa Leo for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Christian Bale for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – The Fighter

Best Foreign Language Film – In a Better World (This film is not yet available on DVD for American markets, but we will keep an eye out for it.)

Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter for Best Film Editing, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Best Music (Original Score), and Aaron Sorkin for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – The Social Network

Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb for Best Visual Effects, Wally Pfister for Best Cinematography, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick for Best Sound Mixing, and Richard King for Best Sound Editing – Inception (Also available in Blu-Ray)

Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs for Best Documentary (Feature)  Inside Job

Colleen Atwood for Best Costume Design, and Robert Stronburg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Direction) for Best Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland  (Also available in Blu-Ray)

Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for Best Makeup – The Wolfman

Randy Newman for Best Music (Original Song) and Best Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3  (Also Available in Blu-Ray)

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Great Movie You’ve Never Seen

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Cruel But Necessary


In this quirky dramedy, Betty, a seemingly happy wife and mother, faces the truths of her life and family through the lens of a videocamera.  Cruel But Necessary begins with a painful home movie revelation about her husband. Throughout the movie, Betty delves under facades with her camera tucked into a very ugly purse.  Her journey is at times funny, painful, flaky, poignant and cruel, but necessary.

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Great Movie You’ve Never Seen

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Word’s Greatest Dad

Please don’t watch this movie if you are expecting a light-hearted comedy.  Don’t watch this movie with your children.  Don’t imagine the movie didn’t really earn its R rating; it did.

But if you like your comedy smart and dark, if you appreciate laughter through gut-wrenching, reality-based agony, World’s Greatest Dad with Robin Williams might be the movie for you.  All Kent District Library copies are currently checked out, but as I type this, there are no KDL holds.  Click here to link to the catalog.  It could be waiting at your home library by next weekend.

I hope to find a lot of these never-seen gems.  If you know one, please comment with the title.

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