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:

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 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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Debbie Macomber books

Debbie Macomber has written over 150 Romance and Women's Contemporary Fiction novels. Her books are very popular with our Laurens patrons.

She has written several series, and for comprehensive information on those titles along with publication dates and reprints, click here: Debbie Macomber series books  

Here are a few of her novels which we have at our libraries, ready for check-out.

Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber

Marriage Between Friends: White Lace and Promises/Friends - And Then Some by Debbie Macomber

A Man's Heart by Debbie Macomber

Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie Macomber

Monday, July 7, 2014

Catch up on some classic science-fiction books

In keeping with our Adult Summer Reading program science theme of Literary Elements, we would like to suggest some science-fiction classic stories for you to read.

The science-fiction genre has grown significantly over the last century, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. Consider giving some of these a try.

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein

Monday, June 16, 2014

Explore novels set in Appalachia

Recently I've been reading several books set in the North Carolina and Tennessee Appalachian Mountains, and they have made a big impression on me. They've been hauntingly descriptive of this old and beautiful environment, and at the same time they've evoked themes of universal import. The tough, yet vulnerable, people imagined in these pages are richly characterized as they brave the tribulations of their lives. Here are some suggestions for novels about this region:

Long Man by Amy Greene

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

The Cove by Ron Rash

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

The Road From Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Catch up on PBS documentaries this summer

Here's a quick pick of some of our newly acquired PBS documentaries, and feel free to browse our DVD shelves for more. You will find lots of informative, interesting and entertaining programs on a variety of subjects. You can count on PBS for quality programming--they produce NOVA and Frontline among other shows.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Australia: Animals Down Under

The Barnes Collection
Chasing Shackleton
Hunting the Elements