Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky (and next week´s movie schedule)

AwakenWhat if you never had to leave your house unless you really wanted to? You could get meals delivered, socialize online, and even go to a Digital School online. It would be so easy to hide behind a screen, and keep the real you to yourself. However, would it make you less human? In Maddie’s world, the outside is seen as dangerous, and it’s safer to stay indoors. Her own father is the founder of the Digital School, which makes it possible for kids to go to school via technology, instead of in person. Maddie is happy in her technological cocoon, until she meets Justin. A group that Justin is part of wants to go back to a more “human” way of doing things….slow down and unplug. Awaken is a very interesting book, it’ll stay with you long after you read it.

 

And here are next week’s movies. Click on any title to see where else it is playing this summer.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Pike

Tue., Jun 12, 5:45 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Glendale

Tue., Jun 12, 6:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Southport

Wed., Jun 13, 5:30 pm

Footloose

Decatur

Fri., Jun 15, 3:00 pm

Real Steel

Spades Park

Fri., June 15, 3:00 pm

War Horse

Infozone at the Children’s Museum

Sat., Jun 16, 1:00 pm

Joyful Noise

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Eagle

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Footloose

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 16, 2:00 pm

Summer Reading Goes Steampunk

Summer is almost here and with that comes the Summer Reading Program. This year`s theme is Gear Up for Good. We will be getting Steampunked out at all the branches and Central Library. We also have a new component this summer that allows you to read away your library fines. It is called an Earn to Learn card. We want to give everyone under eighteen a fresh start.

 

 There is more to do too. There is a series of films being offered at branches across the county just for you. Also you can`t miss the Steampunk Inventors Journal Workshop. The journals are definitely one of a kind. You need to register for the journal workshop, but not the films.

 

Here are the films that will be shown next week, beginning Tuesday, June 5th. You can click any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Real Steel

Glendale

Tue., Jun 5, 2012  5:30 pm

Joyful Noise

Southport

Wed., Jun 6, 2012  6:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Warren

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  1:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Decatur

Fri., Jun 8, 2012  3:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

College Avenue

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Brightwood

Sat., Jun 9, 2012  2:00 pm

Teen Movies This Summer

Here’s a list of our summer films for teens. Click on any title to see where & when it’s playing.

FOOTLOOSE

PG-13; 113 minutes; 2011
City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter in the process.

 

JOYFUL NOISE

PG-13; 118 minutes; 2012
G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition.

 

MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY

PG-13; 105 minutes; 2011
Madea jumps into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. It’s up to Madea, with the help of the equally rambunctious Aunt Bam, to gather the clan together and make things right the only way she knows how: with a lot of tough love, laughter … and the revelation of a long-buried family secret.

 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL

PG-13; 82 minutes; 1987
Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates ‘Ghost Protocol’. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on his mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

 

REAL STEEL

PG-13; 127 minutes; 2011
Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000 pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in a brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

PG-13; 129 minutes; 2011
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective.

 

STOMP THE YARD

PG-13; 115 minutes; 2007
When DJ loses his younger brother, his parents send him to Truth University in Georgia to give him a chance at a better life. There he finds that the rivalry in the stepping competitions between the black fraternities on campus is fierce. An amazing street dancer himself, DJ joins the competition and snags the girl of his on-campus rival at the same time.

 

WAR HORSE

PG-13; 146 minutes; 2011
Set in rural England and Europe during the First World War, “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man named Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.

Hunger Games Movie = EPIC!

I saw the Hunger Games movie yesterday, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the movie nearly as much as I love the books. You don’t have to read the books first in order to get what’s going on, but it does help you get more of the back story. Since the author Suzanne Collins worked on the screenplay herself; it does capture the essence of the book very well. Fans of the novel won’t be disappointed. I would highly suggest reading the book first, and that’s not just because I’m a librarian. ;)

For those (like, 2 of you) who don’t know, The Hunger Games is set in a future of 12 Districts ruled by the Panem government, which is based in the bright and shiny Capitol. Every year two teens are selected from each District to participate in a televised death match called the Hunger Games. 24 teens enter, one teen wins. This is to remind the Districts why the Capitol is in charge. It takes reality TV to a whole new level of scary.

It’s violent. It’s frightening. It will make you cry. It’s also a story full of hope, romance, strength, and rebellion. There really is something for everyone.

The look of the Capitol was just how I pictured it in my head. They did a fabulous job with the costuming. I didn’t feel like Effie was nearly absurd enough, and President Snow should have been a bit of a snappier dresser. The movie used plenty of shaky cam to make sure it got the PG-13 rating.

Last weekend, it raked in over $155 million. It ranks third all-time for opening weekend gross profits. I’m happy to have contributed my 10 bucks.

I can’t wait to see what they do with Catching Fire.