Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Traditions -- Christmas Movies

As with other holiday traditions, many of us have our favorite Christmas season movies that we like to see each year. Occasionally a new classic is created, but more often than not, we turn to those reliable "comfort" movies to watch with family and friends.

Here are some holiday favorites available at our libraries:

White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye

How the Grinch Stole Christmas narrated by Boris Karloff

It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed
Scrooge starring Albert Finney

A Christmas Story starring Peter Billingsley and Darren McGavin

Monday, November 24, 2014

Keeping up with the latest good reading material in large print

We have a varied, well-stocked large print collection for our patrons who like to read books with print sizes a little larger than that of regular print. We purchase the latest and greatest books in this format, so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please let us know.

Here is a sampling of some of our recent additions to the collection:

Gray Mountain by John Grisham
The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
The Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A look at the American Revolution and the old South

Grasping the history of early America takes time and study. As this early history relates specifically to our state of South Carolina, I've selected several books here to get you started on understanding our collective early past. These resources encompass different aspects of that past so that you are able to get a fuller picture of the way things were. 

Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution by Walter Edgar

A History of the Old South by Clement Eaton

An American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities by Colin G. Calloway

The Loyalists: The Story of Those Americans Who Fought Against Independence by Donald Barr Chidsey

An Outline History of the American Revolution by Colonel R. Ernest Dupuy and Colonel Trevor N. Dupuy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Information about legal questions of all kinds

Before contacting a lawyer or becoming involved in a formal process, many people want to do some background research on their particular situations first. You might only need a form to use or perhaps you want to check the statutes in our state. Whatever your reasons may be, we offer a variety of references to assist you in becoming familiar with different aspects of the law for a variety of issues. Have a look at some of our newest additions, and if you don't see something you need, look in our catalog for more options.

Librarians are also always available for consultation in finding just the right resource, so please do call on us!

Neighbor law : fences, trees, boundaries & noise / Emily Doskow and Cora Jordan

Nolo's deposition handbook / Paul Bergman, Albert Moore

Nolo's encyclopedia of everyday law : answers to your most frequently asked legal questions / Shae Irving, J.D. & the editors of Nolo

Nolo's IEP guide : learning disabilities / Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel

Criminal law : a desk reference / Paul Bergman

Monday, October 13, 2014

Near-death experiences: are they real?

In recent years, it seems there have been quite a few personal accounts published of people dying--or almost dying, and then returning to life. Can these be true glimpses into heaven? Read about them and see what you think. Could it be possible?
Glimpsing Heaven: The Stories and Science of Life After Death by Judy Bachrach, 2014
Proof of Heaven : A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, 2012
To Heaven and Back : A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again; A True Story by Mary C. Neal, MD, 2012
The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven : A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World by Kevin & Alex Malarkey, 2010

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Check out our DVDs from the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection represents some of the finest, most critically acclaimed films, ever made. According to the Criterion Collection website, "The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film." If you'd like to know more about this collection, go to this link for more information: http://www.criterion.com/library

Here are some of the Criterion Collection titles that we have in our libraries, and we encourage you to check them out:

Amarcord directed by Federico Fellini

 Anatomy of a Murder directed by Otto Preminger

The Blob directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr.

Certified Copy directed by Abbas Kiarostami

My Dinner With Andre directed by Louis Malle

And there are more....in our catalog, just type in "criterion dvd" as a keyword search, and you'll find what we have from this collection.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Have you heard of the tiny house movement?

Over the last several decades, houses had been increasing in square footage until a recent trend that has gone the other way. House sizes are often now shrinking in size. You may have heard of the Tiny House Movement that is attracting lots of attention from celebrities and the hoi polloi alike. Small homes free us from such large financial obligations and from the clutter that we tend to surround ourselves with. See how it can work for you.

If you'd like a little more information on this movement,check out these websites: What is the tiny house movement? and the Small house movement.

We do have some timely books on this subject in our collection: take a look at the following:

The big book of small house designs : 75 award-winning plans for houses 1,250 square feet or less / by the editors of Black Dog & Leventhal.

Compact houses : 50 creative floor plans for efficient, well-designed small homes / by Gerald Rowan ; illustrations by Steve Sanford.