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  • The collage workbook : how to get started and stay inspired
    Mail Art

    Mail or correspondence art can take many forms; this is a very short list of some books and ebooks you can borrow for ideas on different artists' approaches to paper-based art.

  • Cartographic Imagination

    Books for the December 2020 online art book club on map making for artists. Many more books on the subject are normally available to anyone but this list only contains those that can be borrowed at this time, in November-December 2020. The titles on this list can all be borrowed by Free Library card holders by placing holds and picking up at locations currently offering curbside or contactless pickup services or by reading online via our ebook providers such as Hoopla. This list does not include reference books that must be used inside our buildings, books stored in our offsite stacks, the Regional Operations Center or ebooks that have catalog records but are not at this time available.


Reviews

  • Christmas with the Kranks
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Holiday Good Cheer. Family Gathering. Comedy. 

    When the Kranks decide to skip Christmas and go on a cruise instead  the whole neighborhood frowns on them. It becomes interesting when at the last minute they change their minds.Them trying to get the canned ham at the last minute was interesting.  Even though this film is rated PG I don't think some scenes are appropriate for younger children. I think this movie portrays the values of enjoying the little things and simple things in life.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Nov 27, 2020

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  • Edward Scissorhands
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Fantasy. Suspenseful. Romance. Family.  A Little Creepy At Times. Fun To Watch.

    When the Avon Lady discovers a strange teen with scisssors for hands...she decides to take him home and fix him up (with Avon, of course). Johnny Depp does a awesome acting job along with Winona Ryder.  All of the characters are memorable. The music eerie at times went well with the acting. Some very funny scenes. The nosey neighborhood residents are hilarious. The movie is fun to watch from start to finish.  Teens would love this movie.

    Reviewed by Joyce L on Nov 27, 2020

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  • Silver linings playbook
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is about Pat (Cooper), a man who just gets released from a mental hospital after beating up a man who was having an affair with Pat's wife. Pat has bipolar disorder and throughout the movie, he is trying to get metally healthier while also believing there is some hope left of his marriage. However, when Tiffany (Lawrence) comes along and meets Pat, who is mentally unstable as he is, everything changes.

    This movie focuses on mental health, love, and family. I really enjoyed this story and I don't think it was just about two people falling in love, but we saw Pat's relationship with his father (Robert DeNiro) and with other people like his therapist and friends. Cooper and Lawrence did a great job in portraying these characters. They didn't play stereotypical mentally ill characters -- they played realistic characters trying to get by every day with their mental illness. I recommend watching this movie and what I love even more about it is how it takes place in Philadelphia, which definitely worked for this movie.

    Reviewed by Lauren G on Nov 25, 2020

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  • Do you have kids? : life when the answer is no by Kaufmann, Kate,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    This is an informative book on the perspective about woman who don't have kids whether it is by choice or for health reasons. A term that was used in this book is nonmom. This book presents different chapters begin with a presentation of facts with notes at the end of the book for references. Then the chapter is filled with anecdotal experiences of woman from age 30 and up who share their story. There is an tradition where women who are childfree are stigmatized and this goes into the traditions of civilization and with woman's liberation in the last century, having children or not is a reality that affects woman. This is a book that is important for woman who are living life without children and toward later chapters there is a guide for how to structure conversations or small talk between women who have children and those who are child free. 

    Reviewed by Linda Y on Nov 25, 2020

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  • Andre the Giant : life and legend by Brown, Box.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Pretty good book, the art is is clean and the content of the story interesting. This is the story of an ordinary man who became famous because of his larger than life size and died young because of his size. 

    Reviewed by Linda Y on Nov 25, 2020

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  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold. by Kawaguchi, Toshikazu,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a thought provoking book that is set in a coffee shop hidden among the streets of Tokyo. I greatly enjoyed the four different stories that was written in this book and cried through many scenes in this book. The secrets and draws of this coffee shop is that a customer can time travel to any point of their life. Their trips won't affect the present stage, but will create a resolution of sorts for the cast of colorful characters that is written in this book. This book was originally written in Japanese and translated into English. There is another book in this series that is a similar title, but with four different stories. Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

     

    Reviewed by Linda Y on Nov 25, 2020

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