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Pictured in the Stacks…

Did you know that WNPL has many children’s stories on CD?  What a wonderful way to relax together before bedtime!

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Ron’s Review: The Expendables 3

TheExpendables3Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his gang, including his sidekick Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), are on a final mission for Drummer (Harrison Ford), after which they’ll all be free from their previous entanglement for doing as Drummer bids. The mission is an abysmal disaster. The arms dealer they were sent to capture, Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), escapes amid much mayhem and gunfire. Barney decides his team members of booze-swilling, grunting, bayonet sharpening, gun-toting, macho men are long in the tooth, and fires them all. But to make it right with Drummer, he vows to capture Stonebanks.

He recruits a group of younger people who feel they have nothing to lose. Among them is a tough Las Vegas bouncer named Luna (Ronda Rousey). She doesn’t need to grunt, she can easily knock out belligerent tough guys without batting an eye or skinning a knuckle.  Soon Stonebanks has Barney’s new team trussed up like so many sides of beef. As Barney is about to depart to singlehandedly rescue his new team, a previously rejected, potential recruit, Galgo (Antonio Banderas), talks his way into joining. Marvelously and unbidden, his old team shows up, and insists on helping. At Stonebanks’ military compound a protracted battle ensues, and at times it’s unclear which side’s winning, but the outcome is clear as the ‘expendables’ are cheered on and assisted by the old, old team including Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger). All have successfully dodged bullets, explosions and collapsing buildings. Their number is now bigger than ever. 3 Stars (Reviewed by Ron)

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Let’s Talk Books!

In the video below, Jessica tells you all about The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Click here to find this title in our catalog.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration!

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResNow that we are over halfway through National Novel Writing Month, perhaps you aspiring authors could use some inspiration!  We suggest you pop on over to the NaNoWriMo website which features (among other things) Pep Talks. During the month of November, well-known authors write letters to the participants of NaNoWriMo to provide encouragement, advice and inspiration.  You can also view the Pep Talk archives and read previous posts written by your favorite authors.

Did you know that many authors began their bestselling novels during NaNoWriMo?  And many authors still use November as a time to “buckle-down” in their writing.  These authors know what you’re going through.  They’ve experienced many bouts of frustration in their writing careers and they have great advice to help you through it.  We hope you’ll check it out!

What is NaNoWriMo?

On November 1, participants began working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.  Even if that seems like too big a commitment, the idea is to devote the month of November to putting words on paper.  You’ll find more information about the formal NaNoWriMo as well as support forums and a way to track your progress at nanowrimo.org.

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Ron’s Review: Tammy

tammyA fast food employee named Tammy (Melissa McCarthy), is fired for coming to work late despite her solid reason of just not being on time. After a spell of venting anger and frustration, she decides to chuck it all and leave home. Mom, (Deb – Allison Janney), tries to simmer Tammy down, first by pointing out that clearly she doesn’t mean it, that she’s left before and always has come back. Finally Deb reminds Tammy that she has no money. Tammy’s grandma, (Pearl – Susan Sarandon), pipes up with the fact that she has cash and is willing to fund an adventure.

Tammy and Pearl go travelling. Only tenuously connected events, liberally peppered with scatological humor, are displayed. There is a beach scene, a bar scene, a car scene, a boat scene, a robbery scene, a cop run-in, and a disgusting hotel scene. Eventually they decide to visit cousin Lenore (Kathie Bates). Lenore prompts them to empty their vehicle, and to torch it in a secluded place to prevent it from becoming incriminating evidence. She invites them to her McMansion, introduces them to her live-in friend, Susanne (Sandra Oh), and invites everyone to a previously planned lesbian party on her estate. Soon, credits roll. (2 Stars)

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