EVPL Communities: wag.mado@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of wag.mado@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Quick and Easy Bookbinding Program]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/10/06/quick-and-easy-book-binding-program.aspx Sat, 06 Oct 2012 10:53:00 G10T 2410 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/10/06/quick-and-easy-book-binding-program.aspx to post your comments!

Japanese Stab BookbindingLocal artist, Kimberly Jones is going to offer an exciting program on the Japanese art of bookbinding. This program is scheduled on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 PM in the Large Group Room on second floor at Central Library. She will teach us how to create and bind our very own journal from a recycled book.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the art of Japanese Stab Binding and take home your very own creation. The program is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided.

You may visit Kimberly's blog spot here.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

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<![CDATA[MST3K's Giant Gila Monster]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/08/02/mst3k-s-giant-gila-monster.aspx Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:00:00 G8T 2402 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/08/02/mst3k-s-giant-gila-monster.aspx to post your comments!

Giant Gila Monster

 The next installment in the Bad Movie Night saga is the 1959, low budget monster movie, The Giant Gila Monster. This Mystery Science Theater version is hilarious from start to finish as a giant lizard is on the loose, terrorizing an entire town of inept residents. This movie has one of my personal favorites, the “knee up” scenes!

Tell all your friends and come join us for fun and laughs on Thursday, August 9 at 6:00 PM in Central Library’s Browning Events Room B.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Bad Movie Night: The Atomic Brain (1963)]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/07/09/bad-movie-night-the-atomic-brain-1963.aspx Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:37:00 G7T 2397 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/07/09/bad-movie-night-the-atomic-brain-1963.aspx to post your comments!

Atomic BrainThe plot of this week's Bad Movie is about a wealthy but miserable old lady who schemes with a scientist to have her brain implanted in a sexy young woman. The movie itself, along with the help from the Mystery Science crew make this movie a must-see to believe.

Come join us for lots of laughs and refreshments at 6:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Room B on Thursday, July 12.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. 

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<![CDATA[Protecting Your Personal Information on the Web]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/07/05/protecting-your-personal-information-on-the-web.aspx Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:16:00 G7T 2396 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/07/05/protecting-your-personal-information-on-the-web.aspx to post your comments!

Online PrivacyDo you know what kind of personal information about you can be found on the internet? Almost everyone who uses the internet has questioned at one time or another, the safety of their personal information on the web. Most people wonder if they are doing everything they can to protect that information.

If you are interested in finding out more about this important topic, please join us for the next Savvy Senior Series program on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM in Central Library’s Browning Room B. Dr. Kenneth Shemroske from the University of Southern Indiana will present, "Protecting Your Personal Information on the Web. He will offer information and tips, as well as answers to your questions.

As always, this program is free and open to the public.

For information on future Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Crime Prevention with Officer Kevin Corbin]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/30/crime-preventionn-with-officer-kevin-corbin.aspx Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:09:00 G6T 2395 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/30/crime-preventionn-with-officer-kevin-corbin.aspx to post your comments!

Crime PreventionDo you wonder if you are doing everything possible to avoid becoming a victim of a crime? Officer Kevin Corbin from the Evansville Police Department is going to give strategies and tips to ensure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible in your surroundings.

Please join us for this important and informative program on Thursday, July 5 at 6:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Events Room B.

As always, this program is free and open to the public.

For information on future Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/18/packhorse-librarians-of-kentucky.aspx Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:23:00 G6T 2393 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/18/packhorse-librarians-of-kentucky.aspx to post your comments!

Pack Horse Librarians of KentuckyCome join us for the next Savvy Senior Series program on Thursday, June 21st at Hickory Lake Apartments to learn about the pack horse librarians of Kentucky during the Great Depression. The program will be presented by EVPL's Jan Steinmark. You'll see the children's book, Down Cut Shin Creek: the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt that started our speaker's interest in this historical event, as well as some incredible black-and-white photographs.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for 2:00 PM.

For a list of all Savvy Senior programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Make a Dried Flower Creation]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/08/make-a-dried-flower-creation.aspx Fri, 08 Jun 2012 09:13:00 G6T 2391 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/06/08/make-a-dried-flower-creation.aspx to post your comments!

Dried Flower ArtHave you ever wanted to make a keepsake from your dried flowers? Local artist, Debbie Jacobs will show us how at the next Savvy Senior Series program. Come join us to learn tachniques and make a dried flower creation of your own.

This program will be in Central Library's Browning Events Room on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 PM.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided.

Please register here.

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<![CDATA[Bad Movie Night on a Summer's Evening]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/06/06/catalina-caper.aspx Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:20:00 G6T 2390 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/06/06/catalina-caper.aspx to post your comments!

Catalina CaperJune Bad Movie Night is right around the corner. This month's feature is MST3K's version of Catalina Caper, a 1967 beach movie about theives who steal a precious scroll and then get found out by their swinging teenage son. The only redeeming element of this movie is an appearance by Little Richard, and the hilarious comments by the Mystery Science crew.

As always, the movie will be shown in Browning Room B at Central Library on Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 PM

Come join us for laughs, refreshments, and prizes!

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<![CDATA[Make A Beautiful Organza Brooch]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/05/14/make-a-beautiful-organza-brooch.aspx Mon, 14 May 2012 15:51:00 G5T 2383 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/05/14/make-a-beautiful-organza-brooch.aspx to post your comments!

Organza Brooch

 

At this week's Savvy Senior Series program, we are learning to make a brooch out of organza. Please join us and design your very own beautiful brooch to wear this summer.

Carriage House Apartments at 5300 Carriage Drive is hosting this program at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 17th.

Come, be creative and join the fun!

As always, the program is free and open to the public. For a list of future Savvy Senior programs, click here.

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<![CDATA[May Bad Movie Night]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/05/01/may-bad-movie-night.aspx Tue, 01 May 2012 10:01:00 G5T 2380 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/05/01/may-bad-movie-night.aspx to post your comments!

Alien FactorIt's that time again! This month's Bad Movie will feature the Cinematic Titanic version of Alien Factor (1978). Cinematic Titanic is a live riffing version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and features the same team from the original television show in front of a live audience.

This pathetic, low budget sci-fi movie comes to life when murderous aliens crash and are set loose in a small town. Alien Factor will entertain you as the CT team poke fun at the amateur acting, technical bloopers, dreadfully slow paced so-called plot.

See what all the excitement is about on Thursday, May10 at 6:00 PM.  As always, Bad Movie Night will take place at Central Library's Browning Events Room B.

Come join us. You will not be disappointed.

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<![CDATA[April Bad Movie Night]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/04/06/april-bad-movie-night.aspx Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:33:00 G4T 2374 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/04/06/april-bad-movie-night.aspx to post your comments!

MitchellThe Mystery Science Theater version of the 1975 movie Mitchell is considered one of the best by a vast majority of MST3K fans.  Joe Don Baker plays Mitchell--- a sleazy, alcoholic cop who punches and shoots his way through the plot while trying to solve a murder. From the lame car chases, to the scenes of Mitchell dozing on the job, and his truly unbelievable love scene with Linda Evans, this movie is hilarious from beginning to end.

Come join us and see for yourself how really bad a movie can be!

Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 PM in Browning Room B at Central Library.

Free refreshments will be served.

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<![CDATA[Birds, Birds, and More Birds!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/04/02/birds-birds-and-more-birds.aspx Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:39:00 G4T 2373 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/04/02/birds-birds-and-more-birds.aspx to post your comments!

Vieth photoThe Savvy Senior Series program this week presents local wildlife photographer Bill Vieth. He will be showing us his wonderful photographs of birds and discussing his adventures in places throughout the world. Places include Tanzania, Kenya, Brazil, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, as well as the United States.

This program will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00 PM in Browning Room B at Central Library.

Please tell your friends and join us for an enjoyable spring evening at the library.

For information on upcoming Savvy Senior Series events, please click here.

As always, this program is free and open to the public.

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<![CDATA[Hospice Makes Every Day Count]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/23/hospice-makes-every-day-count.aspx Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:56:00 G3T 2367 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/23/hospice-makes-every-day-count.aspx to post your comments!

HospiceDo you know how hospice care is different from other medical care? Or, have you ever wondered what services hospice provides and who is eligible? The next Savvy Senior Series program will answer this question and many more.

On Thursday, March 29 at 2:00 PM a representative from VNA Hospice will present "Hospice Makes Every Day Count". This program will provide answers to your questions and will demonstrate how hospice can enrich the lives of those they care for, as well as the lives of their family members.

Please join us for this informative program. This program is free and open to the public.

For information on upcoming Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Container Gardening]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/17/container-gardening.aspx Sat, 17 Mar 2012 12:06:00 G3T 2366 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/17/container-gardening.aspx to post your comments!

Container GardeningThe next Savvy Senior Series program should get you in the mood for spring. Purdue Extension educator, Larry Caplan will be presenting “Container Gardening” at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 22.

This program will be held off-site at Liberty Terrace Apartments. Please click here for a location map.

Come join us and discover how to garden even if you don’t have your own yard.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. If you have questions, please call 428-8246. No reservations are required.

For information on upcoming Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Astronomy Revisited]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/10/astronomy-revisted.aspx Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:49:00 G3T 2364 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/03/10/astronomy-revisted.aspx to post your comments!

Astronomy

Are you over 50? Have you ever wondered how many new astronomical discoveries have been made since you were in school? This Thursday, March 15 the Savvy Senior Series will present "What We Know Now: Significant Astronomical Discoveries Made Since You Were in School."

This program will be held at Central Library in the Browning Events Room at 2:00 PM and will be presented by Mitch Luman from the Evansville Museum.

Come join us for an informative afternoon. No reservations are required. As always, this program is free and open to the public.

For more information on upcoming Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

 

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<![CDATA[Mystery Science Theater 3000]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/02/29/mystery-science-theater-3000.aspx Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:15:00 G2T 2357 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/02/29/mystery-science-theater-3000.aspx to post your comments!

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

What do you do if you’re a scientist and your girlfriend is decapitated in a car accident? Well, you keep her head alive in a “roasting pan” until you can find her another body, of course!

It’s that time again. This month’s Bad Movie Night will feature Mystery Science Theater’s “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”.

Come and join us on WEDNESDAY March 7 at 6:00 PM in Central Library’s Browning Room B for a really bad movie which is made hilarious by the gang from Mystery Science Theater.

This is one you will not forget!

 

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<![CDATA[Beginning Tai Chi]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/20/beginning-tai-chi.aspx Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:50:00 G2T 2356 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/20/beginning-tai-chi.aspx to post your comments!

tai chiHave you ever wondered what practicing Tai Chi is all about or if it’s something you’d like to try? The next Savvy Senior Series program will give you an opportunity to learn about Tai Chi and try some if you’d like.

Karen Yoe, from Evansville Yoga Center will present “Beginning Tai Chi” on Thursday March 1 at 2:00 PM in Central Library’s Browning Events Room B.

Please join us in your most comfortable clothes and learn something new.

No reservations are required.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 428-8246.

For a list of upcoming Savvy Senior Series programs, click here.

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<![CDATA[Microwave Cooking for 1 or 2 People]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/13/microwave-cooking-for-1-or-2-people.aspx Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:37:00 G2T 2355 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/13/microwave-cooking-for-1-or-2-people.aspx to post your comments!

Microwave CookingThe Savvy Senior Series program this week will be off-site at Carriage House Apartments on Carriage Drive.

Mary Rezek will give demonstrations of some yummy dishes you can cook in the microwave. She will also provide tips and tricks for successful microwave cooking.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. If you have additional questions, please call 428-8246.

For a list of all future Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Oh My Aching Feet!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/03/oh-my-aching-feet.aspx Fri, 03 Feb 2012 08:14:00 G2T 2353 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/02/03/oh-my-aching-feet.aspx to post your comments!

Aching Feet

Do your feet hurt no matter which pair of shoes you decide to wear? Have you noticed any pain, numbness, tingling, or aching in your feet?  If so, you may want to join us for the next Savvy Senior Series program. 

Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer are presenting, “Oh My Aching Feet: Age Related Foot Problems” at River Pointe Health Campus on Thursday, February 9 at 2:00 PM. This program is free and open to the public.

Come join us and for an informative discussion.

If you have additional questions related to this program, please call 428-8246.

For a list of upcoming Savvy Senior Series programs, click here.

 

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<![CDATA[Don't Miss Bad Movie Night!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/02/01/don-t-miss-bad-movie-night.aspx Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:38:00 G2T 2354 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/02/01/don-t-miss-bad-movie-night.aspx to post your comments!

The Skydivers

Do you need a good laugh? Are you ready to see just how bad a “Bad Movie” can be? The next movie in the “Bad Movie Night” series is Mystery Science Theater 3000’s “The Skydivers” (1963) -- a gem from Coleman Francis.  This film has huge lapses in  plot, continuity, and acting ability which make it a favorite.

There will also be a hilarious bonus short called “Why Study Industrial Arts” that sets the mood for the feature film

Come join the fun on Thursday February 9 at 6:00 PM in Central Library’s Browning Events Room B. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

Any questions, please call 428-8246.

 

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<![CDATA[Meditation For Beginners]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/01/25/meditation-for-beginners.aspx Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:51:00 G1T 2352 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2012/01/25/meditation-for-beginners.aspx to post your comments!

meditationIt's almost time for the Spring Savvy Senior Series to begin! Our first program will be Meditation For Beginners presented by Mary MacGregor. The program will be held on Thursday February 2 in Central Library's Browning Events Room B at 2:00 PM. Come join us for a mindful afternoon. For a list of upcoming Savvy Senior programs please click here.

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<![CDATA[2012 Bad Movie Night Every Month!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/01/04/2012-bad-movie-night-every-month.aspx Wed, 04 Jan 2012 16:44:00 G1T 2348 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2012/01/04/2012-bad-movie-night-every-month.aspx to post your comments!

Overdrawn At The Memory BankTell your friends and mark your calendar for the 2012 season of Bad Movie Nights! This year we will have one wacky movie after another to keep you entertained and coming back for more.

January's Bad Movie is another one from the wonderful 1980's. The feature will be Mystery Science Theater 3000's Overdrawn At The Memory Bank. Please join us on Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Events Room B. As always, we will provide popcorn and drinks.

Follow this link to see all Bad Movie dates for 2012.

If you have any questions, please call 428-8246.

See you there!

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<![CDATA[Your Transition to Medicare: Get Your Questions Answered]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/20/your-transition-to-medicare-get-your-questions-answered.aspx Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:05:00 G10T 2336 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/20/your-transition-to-medicare-get-your-questions-answered.aspx to post your comments!

MedicareAre you over 50 years of age? Do you have questions about Medicare that you would like answered?  Or, would you just like to know what to expect when you reach the age for Medicare?

On Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 PM, Kristin Hood, the SHIP local coordinator from SWIRCA will be at Central Library to offer information and answer questions regarding Medicare. The program, which is part of EVPL’s Savvy Senior Series, will be held in Browning Events Room B.  It is free and open to the public.

Please don’t miss this important opportunity.

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<![CDATA[Living With Cancer]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/18/living-with-cancer.aspx Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:11:00 G10T 2335 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/18/living-with-cancer.aspx to post your comments!

I Can CopeThe Savvy Senior Series is presenting "I Can Cope: Living Each Day With Cancer" this Thursday, October 20 at 2:00 PM. This program will be at West River Health Campus at 714 S. Eickhoff Road. The speaker will be Anne Wenderoth from the American Cancer Society.

If you, a family member or a friend are dealing with cancer, please join us and learn important coping strategies and tips.

As always, the Savvy Senior Series is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

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<![CDATA[Safeguarding Your Mental Health]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/12/safeguarding-your-mental-health.aspx Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:23:00 G10T 2332 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/10/12/safeguarding-your-mental-health.aspx to post your comments!

Mental HealthAre you experiencing the stressors of caregiving, personal or family illness, financial difficulties, or loss of a loved one? This week's Savvy Senior Series program may be for you. On Thursday, October 13 at 2:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Events Room B, the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a program called "Safeguarding Your Mental Health". During difficult times it is important to take care of your mental health. Come join us and learn some important tips that may help you cope.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. If you have any questions or conerns, please call 428-8246.

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<![CDATA[Bad Movie Night Is Back!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2011/10/10/bad-movie-night-is-back.aspx Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:22:00 G10T 2329 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2011/10/10/bad-movie-night-is-back.aspx to post your comments!

Space MutinyThis week's Bad Movie Night will be Mystery Science Theater's Space Mutiny. If you are in the mood to see a really "bad" movie, come and join us for the laughs. The movie will be shown in Central Library's Browning Events Room B at 6:00 PM. As always, there will be refreshments and "bad" door prize drawings--- for those who can make it to the ending credits. Warning--- this movie was filmed in 1988 "spandex" style!

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<![CDATA[Quilts As Signals Along the Underground Railroad]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/10/03/quilts-as-signals-along-the-underground-railroad.aspx Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:38:00 G10T 2328 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/10/03/quilts-as-signals-along-the-underground-railroad.aspx to post your comments!

quiltWere quilts used as signals for escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad?  With the tradition of oral, not written, history, and the daily use of quilts (none left now), there is no actual proof that such was the case.  But isn't it an interesting theory?  Come learn about the quilt patterns and their secret meanings, and browse through the many books - both adult and children's - that are written about this theme.

We are having this week's Savvy Senior Series program on this topic at Hickory Lake Apartments on Thursday Oct 6 at 2:00 PM. Please join us........and bring a friend!


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<![CDATA[Do Your Old Photo's Need Preserving?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/23/do-your-old-photo-s-need-preserving.aspx Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:08:00 G9T 2322 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/23/do-your-old-photo-s-need-preserving.aspx to post your comments!

old photoThe next Savvy Senior Series program is "Preserving & Improving Old Photographs" presented by local author, Mark Soper. This program will be at Leisure Living Apartments on Thursday, September 29 at 10:00 AM.

Mark has requested that you bring old photos you would like to preserve with you to the program. You can also bring a USB drive, blank CD, or blank DVD if you wish.

Come join us to see how you can make sure your photos are appreciated for many years to come.

As always, this program is free and open to the public. Please come and join us!

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<![CDATA[Brain Jeopardy: What You Need to Know About Dementia]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/19/brain-jeopardy-what-you-need-to-know-about-dementia.aspx Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:11:00 G9T 2317 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/09/19/brain-jeopardy-what-you-need-to-know-about-dementia.aspx to post your comments!

dementia?The Savvy Senior Series is in full swing again! This week we are featuring an informative program about dementia. If you are a concerned senior or have a friend or family member who is a senior, this program may be for you. Come and join us on Thursday September 22 in Central Library's Browning Room and get all your questions answered. There is no registration required for this program. If you have any questions regarding this program or any Savvy Senior Series program, please call 428-8246.

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<![CDATA[Wacky Wonderful Bad Movie Night!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2011/08/08/wacky-wonderful-bad-movie-night.aspx Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:25:00 G8T 2312 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2011/08/08/wacky-wonderful-bad-movie-night.aspx to post your comments!

The Thing With Two HeadsIf you’ve never been to Bad Movie Night, you’ve been missing all the fun.  Here’s your opportunity to come and enjoy (on the big screen)some of the wackiest movies ever made.  In cool comfortable surroundings at Central Library, you and your friends can sit back with a drink and popcorn --------and it’s all free!

Bad Movie Night this month features The Thing With Two Heads starring Ray Milland and Rosie Grier. The 1972 cult film is being shown in Central’s Browning Events Room this Thursday August 11 at 6:30 PM.  

Come and see what the excitement is all about!

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<![CDATA[Magician/Illusionist Matt Grisham ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/19/magician-illusionist-matt-grisham.aspx Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:29:00 G7T 2308 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/19/magician-illusionist-matt-grisham.aspx to post your comments!

Matt GrishamBeat the heat  this Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Events Room. Local magician/illusionist Matt Grisham will perform and entertain you in our cool and comfortable surroundings. This event is our Finale program for the Savvy Seniors Series, however it is open to adults of any age. Come join us and bring a friend!

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<![CDATA[Open House - Gizmos & Gadgets]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/15/open-house-gizmos-amp-gadgets.aspx Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:09:00 G7T 2307 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/15/open-house-gizmos-amp-gadgets.aspx to post your comments!

Best BuyPlease join us on Monday, July 18th when the Savvy Seniors Series and Best Buy present, "Gizmos & Gadgets". This event is an Open House for all ages and will be held in the Browning Events Room from 3:00-8:30 PM. No reservations are required and you may stop by anytime and peruse the booths -  where the newest technological devices will be displayed. We will have a little of everything from digital cameras, smart phones, laptops to e-readers. The Geek Squad from Best Buy will be there to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Stop by and start letting technology work for you!

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<![CDATA[Wills, Healthcare Directives and Estate Planning]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/11/wills-healthcare-directives-and-estate-planning.aspx Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:08:00 G7T 2306 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/11/wills-healthcare-directives-and-estate-planning.aspx to post your comments!

wills and healthcare directivesThis week's Savvy Seniors Series program is on the topic of Wills, Healthcare Directives and Estate Planning. Lindsay Schmitt from Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn. LLP will be presenting this event at 2:00 PM in Central Library's Browning Events Room B. Please come with all your questions and get them answered. Be an informed participant in your own future!

As with all the Savvy Seniors Series programs, they are free and open to the public. This program does NOT require registration.

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<![CDATA[Candlemaking at the Library]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/06/candlemaking-at-the-library.aspx Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:38:00 G7T 2305 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/07/06/candlemaking-at-the-library.aspx to post your comments!

candleLeandra Krueger from Wanda's Wax will be presenting this week's  Savvy Seniors Series program. We still have some space in the program and would love for you to join us to make your very own candle and take it home with you. The program is being held at Central Library in Browning Room B at 2:00 PM on Thursday (tomorrow) July 7. Come join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Please register online or call 428-8246.

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<![CDATA[Dr. Andrew Tharp on Age Related Eye Problems]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/27/dr-andrew-tharp-on-age-related-eye-problems.aspx Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:56:00 G6T 2302 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/27/dr-andrew-tharp-on-age-related-eye-problems.aspx to post your comments!

eye anatomyIt's time again for another Savvy Seniors Series program. This week Dr. Andrew Tharp will be at Central Library's Browning Room B to speak on Age Related Eye Problems. The program begins at 2:00 PM. Please come and join us for an informative discussion and get your questions answered. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For a list of more Savvy Senior Series programs, please click here.

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<![CDATA[Do You Know Your Local History?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/06/do-you-know-your-local-history.aspx Mon, 06 Jun 2011 12:34:00 G6T 2298 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/06/06/do-you-know-your-local-history.aspx to post your comments!

Old Central LibraryDo you know the name of the restaurant that was located at 218 N.W. Fourth in the 1950's? Hint: The owner's last name was Topper. Well, if you'd like to take a stroll down "memory lane" and discover the answer to this question and many more, please join us for our next Savvy Senior's Series program. We will be meeting at Hickory Lake Apartments this Thursday,  June 9 at 10:00 AM. This program is free, open to the public and does not require registration. Renny McBride, EVPL's local history librarian will present a quiz show format program about people/places in Evansville's history. She will also discuss the many library resources that are available to our community regarding local history. Come and share the memories with us.

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<![CDATA[Soundproof Barbershop Quartet]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/08/soundproof-barbershop-quartet.aspx Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:40:00 G4T 2284 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/08/soundproof-barbershop-quartet.aspx to post your comments!

SoundproofCome join us as Soundproof Barbershop Quartet performs on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 PM in the Browning Events Room at Central Library. This is the Finale program for our spring “Savvy Seniors Series”, however it is free and open to all ages. Refreshments will be provided as you sit and listen to the harmonic sounds of this award winning group. You will not want to miss this one!

For a complete list of our upcoming summer Savvy Seniors Series programs, please click here.

Registration is NOT required for this event.

 

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<![CDATA[Home Safety Tips for Seniors 55+]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/08/home-safety-tips-for-seniors-55.aspx Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:39:00 G4T 2280 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/04/08/home-safety-tips-for-seniors-55.aspx to post your comments!

SafetyAre you aware that making some simple changes to your living environment could extend the time you’re able to live independently in your own home? Each year, many seniors are injured in home accidents that could have been prevented.

If you would like to know more, attend “Home Safety Tips for Seniors” on Thursday, April 7 at 2:00 PM at Central Library in the Large Group Room. Jim Schenk, an occupational therapist will offer tips, give advice and answer questions to increase safety in the home as you age.

Come join us for an informative discussion!

This program is part of the Savvy Seniors Series, is free and open to the public. Click here for a full list of Savvy Seniors Series programs.

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<![CDATA[Maintain Your Brain]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/03/24/maintain-your-brain.aspx Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:58:00 G3T 2277 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/03/24/maintain-your-brain.aspx to post your comments!

Are you committed to keeping your mind healthy and active? Do you sometimes wonder if your memory is as good as it should be? Or, would you just like to have some fun using your brain?

Next week, the EVPL’s Savvy Seniors Series will feature “Maintain Your Brain” presented by JoAnna Weiss from the Alzheimer’s Association. We will have some fun exercising our brains. And, information will be provided on how to keep your brain healthy, some of the age-related changes we all can expect, as well as when you may need to talk with your doctor.

The program will be held on Thursday March 31 at Central Library in the Large Group Room on second floor at 2:00 PM.

Come join us!

This program is part of the new Savvy Seniors Series and is free and open to the public. Click here for a full list of upcoming programs.

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<![CDATA[Planning for Social Security]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/03/14/planning-for-social-security.aspx Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:52:00 G3T 2274 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2011/03/14/planning-for-social-security.aspx to post your comments!

Social Security AdministrationDo you have questions and concerns regarding Social Security? Well, the library is offering the perfect opportunity to educate and answer questions you may have. Martina Dunkerson, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration will present “Planning for Social Security” at Central Library on Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 PM.

This program is part of an ongoing “Savvy Senior Series” that is sponsored by the Evansville Public Library for people 55 years and older. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

You can find a list of future programs on our website or may stop by any public library for a schedule of events.  For additional questions, please contact Madonna at 428-8246.

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<![CDATA[Digital Camera Help for Those 55+]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/03/08/digital-camera-help-for-those-55.aspx Tue, 08 Mar 2011 15:42:00 G3T 2269 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2011/03/08/digital-camera-help-for-those-55.aspx to post your comments!

Soper Book

Are you a senior who would like to learn more about using your digital camera? If so, the library is offering a free program this Thursday, March 10 at 2:00 PM. The program will be held at Hickory Lake Apartments and is open to the public.

Local author, Mark Soper will offer information, tips, and instruction on making your digital photos turn out great.

Please bring your camera and join us for an informative afternoon.

This program is part of a new series called "Savvy Seniors Series". Please see our website for more programs in the coming months, or stop by the library and pick up a schedule of events. For additional information please call Madonna at 428-8246.

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<![CDATA[Remarkable Story of an Owl and His Girl]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/07/remarkable-story-of-an-owl-and-his-girl.aspx Fri, 07 Aug 2009 13:13:00 G8T 1744 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/08/07/remarkable-story-of-an-owl-and-his-girl.aspx to post your comments!

Wesely the OwlYes, that's the subtitle of the book I just finished. Wesley the Owl is a must for anyone who has ever been in love with an animal. The story is written by Stacey O'Brien, who was a lab assistant at Cal Tech when she adopted a 4-day-old barn owl after he suffered permanent nerve damage and could not survive in the wild.

The story, which spans close to 20 years, is filled with fascinating anecdotes of the relationship that developed between these two sentient beings. O'Brien's education as a biologist helps the reader understand many interesting facts about barn owls, but that does not keep her from falling deeply in love with Wesley.  The story has a deeper meaning which is about unconditional love and commitment and is referred to many times in the book as "the way of the owl."

I found this memoir humorous, heartwarming, educational, compassionate, and I had a hard time putting it down.  I'll never think of barn owls the same again.

 

A day after finishing the book, I tuned in to Oprah where she featured a man whose best friend is a Grizzly Bear. That segment was followed by a friendship between an elephant and a dog at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee -- the same place where Evansville's beloved "Bunny" lived out her last few years. Must have been my week for animal relationship stories!

 

 

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<![CDATA[Firefighting Rhinos?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/07/10/firefighting-rhinos.aspx Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:11:00 G7T 1674 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/07/10/firefighting-rhinos.aspx to post your comments!

rhinocerosOK, so it’s not your typical reference question. If it was, I wouldn’t be blogging about it. But, inquiring minds want to know, and they often ask the EVPL Reference department.

 

The question was – Do rhinos really go around stamping out fires? The person asking the question had just watched the 1984 movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, where it was mentioned that if a rhino sees a fire, he always stamps it out.

 

Well, others have had the same question after watching the movie, so the answer was not hard to find.  Apparently it is a legend. The legend began in Malaysia, India and Burma. In Malay, the rhinoceros has a special name, badak api, in which badak means rhinoceros and api means fire. However, there is no evidence in recent history that proves this phenomenon. It could be because rhino sightings are very rare in Southeast Asia due to poaching of these endangered animals. In any case, the rhinoceros that are still alive spend their time in the deep forest and high mountains, and are rarely seen.

 

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the legend is not alive and well in today’s modern world. If you search online, there are several fire protection products and businesses which use the “Rhino” name. There is also a 1999 Simpson’s episode that depicts a rhino “instinctively” trying to stamp out an SUV that has burst into flames.  Humm…… I wonder if we got calls following that episode?

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<![CDATA[To Be and To Have]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/06/18/to-be-and-to-have.aspx Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:38:00 G6T 1618 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2009/06/18/to-be-and-to-have.aspx to post your comments!

To Be and To HaveRecently, I revisited some of my favorite movies – ones that stayed with me for weeks after seeing them. Here’s what I had to say following my first viewing of To Be and To Have in 2005.  It still holds true today.

If you shy away from subtitles, take this one home anyway.  French director Nicholas Philibert brings us this enchanting documentary about a one room school house set in the French countryside.  The film gives us an inside look into the lives of children ages 4 through 10 and the interactions with their devoted teacher, Georges Lopez.  It was shot during a six month period, starting in mid-winter and ending with the retirement of Lopez in the spring. The connection between Lopez and his students is strong, as he has been the only teacher they have ever known. Watching this film brings up many emotions, as scenes were shot in the classroom, at home, and on a fieldtrip.  In the end, one realizes how remarkable this teacher is as he guides his students through all varieties of life lessons.

Watch it and let me know what you think.

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Crunch!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/12/crunch.aspx Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:45:00 G6T 1589 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/12/crunch.aspx to post your comments!

celeryIt's that time of the year when the refrigerator is filled with an abundance of fresh produce. So, it wasn't a surprise that I received a reference question regarding the best way to keep celery fresh and crisp in the refrigerator. My first thought was to wash and cut the celery and put it in a glass pickle jar with a lid and a little water in the bottom, since that's the way my mother always kept her celery fresh. However, I soon discovered something I wasn't expecting - there are many opinions regarding proper storage of celery.

There's the plastic bag without perforations method, the wrap in aluminum foil process, the layer with damp cloth and/or perforated bag technique, and an airtight container approach (plastic or glass). There's wash and do not wash, AND any combination of the above mentioned. In fact, there are so many variations to choose, I soon understood how someone would ask for assistance with this baffling task. There are even conflicting ways to revive limp celery. Is it in ice water, or in lukewarm water? Of course, there are also different types of celery. I don't even want to go there!

So, if anyone out there has a definitive answer, please let the rest of the world in on it. Celery is a tough vegetable to figure out.

Happy crunching!

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<![CDATA[Bird Jammin']]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/01/bird-jammin.aspx Mon, 01 Jun 2009 15:08:00 G6T 1552 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/06/01/bird-jammin.aspx to post your comments!

SnowballThe Reference Department at Central Library often gets questions regarding animal behavior. One recent question was "Can a giraffe lick its ear with its tongue?" On any given day, we have to be prepared for those perplexing questions that need to be answered. One of you out there may be wondering if animals can dance. Well, read on and see for yourself.

According to a new study from the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla California, humans are not the only ones who have a sense of rhythm. Some birds, dolphins, elephants and seals might be able to move to a beat and actually dance. One of the subjects studied by scientist Aniruddh Patel and his colleagues was a cockatoo named Snowball. Snowball actually lives in Indiana at Bird Lovers Only Rescue. He appears to prefer rock music - especially The Backstreet Boys. You may have seen Snowball on YouTube. He not only moves his head, but his feet and other body parts to the beat of music.

In another study at Harvard University, researcher Adena Schachner and colleagues studied thousands of dancing animals on YouTube and concluded that several species of parrots and elephants have the ability to perform synchronized movements in accordance with various musical beats.

Snowball was one of the favorites in both studies. And after viewing his videos, you will know why.

Out of these studies came a theory that the ability to dance is related to a propensity for mimicking sounds vocally - that somehow the two are interconnected. What about elephants? Well, they have been known to mimic sounds in their environment also.

So, there's your answer - although additional studies are needed to prove the above theory.

Oh, and by the way - the answer to the giraffe question is yes. The length of a giraffe tongue is about 18-20 inches!

Read more about animal behavior by checking out these books. Or, contact us today with one of your own questions.

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<![CDATA[Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your Engines]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/21/ladies-and-gentlemen-start-your-engines.aspx Thu, 21 May 2009 13:18:00 G5T 1524 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/21/ladies-and-gentlemen-start-your-engines.aspx to post your comments!

Checkered flagCentral Library’s Lobby Display starting next week will be featuring circulating materials about car racing and automobiles. With the Indianapolis 500 being this weekend, and NASCAR racing in full swing, it seems a good time to pull those items off the shelf.

If you like fiction, we have plenty of books and movies about the world of automobile racing.

There are biographies about race car drivers too.

We not only have car racing resources, but also materials regarding the history of automobiles, customizing, and maintenance/repair manuals on almost every make and model for the past 20+ years. If you cannot find the right manual, you can access our Auto Repair Reference Center database from your home computer and search for repair/maintenance instructions and diagrams for your specific auto.

Maybe you're not in “love” with your car like most Americans, but just want to know how to be a more responsible owner. In that case, we have books with information on saving gas, living greener, cutting back on the use of your car, and much more.

Visit your favorite library branch to take a look - and don't forget to buckle up!

 

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<![CDATA[The Best Medicine]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/07/the-best-medicine.aspx Thu, 07 May 2009 16:56:00 G5T 1474 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/05/07/the-best-medicine.aspx to post your comments!

LaughterEvery three weeks we have a Lobby Book Display at Central Library on a different theme or topic. Some topics are naturally more popular than others. However, "Laugh Out Loud" in the month of March was such a favorite that we found it difficult to keep books on the display.  The books were fiction and nonfiction titles that were generally written to make people laugh.

Now, I've always known about the importance of laughter since I first saw the "Laughter is the Best Medicine" section in Reader's Digest as a child. And as an adult, I learned about the psychology of laughter while studying Norman Cousins in my college psychology classes and later in a cancer support group I attended.  But none of this prepared me for the speed at which those humorous books flew off the book display.

Just about the time I was preparing the book display, I heard that the economic recession was having an effect on the demand for humorous speakers.

Then, about two weeks ago came a news story regarding a new scientific study by Dr. Lee Berk which shows that "mirthful laughter" can raise good cholesterol, reduce inflammation and reduce levels of three detrimental stress hormones in high risk diabetic patients. And, according to a 2006 study by Dr. Berk, just the anticipation of laughter can boost health-protecting hormones and reduce potentially harmful ones.

Next, I discovered that May 3 was World Laughter Day and that it was being promoted by a group who practices Laughter Yoga. Who knew!

So, this got me thinking. Are people attracted to humorous things because they feel better just thinking about that funny stuff? Do they subconsciously know that a laugh is just what they need to get them through these stressful times we live in? Well, I think so.

So my proposition is this: Why not pull a humorous book or movie off the shelf every time you visit the library. Hold it in your hand and look at it often. Even if you don't ever get around to reading it or watching it, just the anticipation alone should be enough to make you feel better. And if you do read or watch it, just think of all those health-protecting chemicals that will be floating around inside you for the next 12 to 24 hours.

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<![CDATA[Hummingbird Nectar]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/27/hummingbird-nectar.aspx Mon, 27 Apr 2009 13:10:00 G4T 1453 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/27/hummingbird-nectar.aspx to post your comments!

Hummingbird Book CoverIt's that time of year to fill your hummingbird feeder. And, in case you have forgotten, you can make your own nectar and save some money. Here's a recipe from the Smithsonian Institute's National Zooilogical Park website.

Directions for making safe hummingbird food:

  1. 1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
  2. 2. Cool and fill feeder.
  3. 3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
  4. 4. Red dye should not be added.

If you would like to know some interesting facts regarding our little friends, you can visit the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center. There's even a place to try to find a hummingbird in the National Zoo's Humingbird Garden. The little guy is in there - so don't give up until you see him.

And, when you finish exploring the Hummingbird Garden, you may want to pick up a book at the library the next time your in. We have these titles about hummingbirds and many other books about our backyard friends. Just ask one of us at Reference Desk to show you where they are located.

 

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<![CDATA[Do Not Flush!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/20/do-not-flush.aspx Mon, 20 Apr 2009 19:28:00 G4T 1437 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/20/do-not-flush.aspx to post your comments!

ocean waterYou may remember a time when it was common practice to flush outdated/unused medications down the toilet. Well, that practice has caused some disturbing consequences resulting in the FDA promoting guidelines on proper disposal of drugs. There are still a few drugs that should be flushed, but the majority are to be disposed of following specific guidelines in order to safeguard life and protect the envioronment.

If you want to dispose of things once a year, you can always take your unused meds and other toxic substances to "Tox Away Day" at Robert's Stadium on September 12, 2009. A list of environmental pollutants can be found on the City of Evansville's website along with the hours they will be accepting materials for disposal. Tox Away Day is for Vanderburgh and Posey County residents only.

Maybe you are interested in learning more about what type of pollutants are making their way into our water. If so, you can listen to NPR's Fresh Air for April 20, 2009 where Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Hendrick Smith reports that disturbing chemicals from our everyday activities are showing up in water supplies around the globe. He is interviewed by Terry Gross to promote PBS's Frontline - Poisoned Waters, which airs on Tuesday April 21, 2009.

Since protecting our environment can seem like a monumental task, many people decide to start with small basic steps and gradually add something new each year. As Earth Day approaches this week, maybe each of us can add one thing to our daily routine which would help lessen the burden on our beautiful planet. And, what a better time to do it than now.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Something You May Have Never Done On Vacation]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/09/something-you-may-have-never-done-on-vacation.aspx Thu, 09 Apr 2009 13:43:00 G4T 1404 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/04/09/something-you-may-have-never-done-on-vacation.aspx to post your comments!

Are you one of those people who are going to stay close to home this year for vacation? Would you still like to do something you've never done before? Well, St. Louis, Missouri may have something for you. If you visit St. Louis any time this summer you can take a tour of the downtown area or a tour of Forest Park area on a Segway PT (personal transporter). The guided tours are offered by Glide St Louis Tours or Science Center Segways and range from $65.00 to $100.00 depending on the type of tour you are interested in. Take a look at the FAQ's for more information.

There are many other cities that offer Segway tours. So before you leave on your next trip, check to see if there's a tour offered at your destination.

And, if you decide to visit St. Louis, don't forget to check out some library materials before you go. We have guidebooks, books about the St. Louis Cardinals - including some DVD's, and much more.

If you would like to read more about the Segway and it's origin, check out the book Code Name Ginger by Steve Kemper.

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<![CDATA[Stimulus for Seniors/Disabled]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/05/stimulus-for-seniors-disabled.aspx Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:19:00 G3T 1342 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/05/stimulus-for-seniors-disabled.aspx to post your comments!

With all the talk regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, many who are retired or disabled have been wondering how they will recieve their stimulus money. According to the Internal Revenue, a one time payment of $250.00 will be made to Social Security recipients, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, disabled veterans, and Railroad Retirement benficiaries. The Social Security Administration Online states that no action is needed to attain these stimulus payments. Recipients should automatically receive their money by the end of May 2009, in the same manner they normally receive their benefits. SSA also provides a very useful Frequently Asked Questions page and provides a phone number for those who do not receive their stimulus by June 4. You can even sign up for FAQ update notifications through your email if you choose.

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<![CDATA[Indiana Economic Stimulus Info]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/03/indiana-economic-stimulus-info.aspx Tue, 03 Mar 2009 15:29:00 G3T 1323 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/03/03/indiana-economic-stimulus-info.aspx to post your comments!

A new website was launched today for those who would like information about the Economic Stimulus Package and the use of funds in the state of Indiana. The address for the website is INvest.in.gov. It will be maintained to keep Hoosiers informed about how our state's stimulus money is being used. There is a Frequently Asked Questions tab which is gives a preliminary list of how the funds are to be allocated, and answers some basic questions. Other tabs include Clean Water Programs, Highways, Bridges and Transit information, Newsroom, and Useful Links. The Formulaic Funding tab is still under construction. According to Gov. Mitch Daniels, the website will be updated often to keep us infomed of current events related to the stimulus.

 

 

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<![CDATA[The Longest Trip Home]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/04/the-longest-trip-home.aspx Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:08:00 G2T 1212 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/02/04/the-longest-trip-home.aspx to post your comments!

Longest Trip HomeAfter reading several mixed reviews on John Grogan's newest book, I took the plunge and decided I'd see for myself. I really didn't think there was any way I could like the book as much as the bestselling "Marley and Me", but I didn't think it would be as bad as some of the reviews I read either.

This memoir is mostly a story about growing up Catholic in the 1950's. Since, I grew up Catholic in the 1950's, I could relate with almost everything - except being an altar boy. I could also understand how those who did not grow up Catholic may not like the book - and realized how those who are Catholic could be offended or taken aback by Grogan's feelings about his religious upbringing with extremely devout parents.

The book (which I listened to on audio, read by Grogan himself) did have places that seemed to drag on. However, I stayed with it because I never lost my curiosity about where the story was taking me, as Grogan tried to become his own person, living life with a moral code different from his parents.

All that being said - I liked this book. It was an honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes heart wrenching memoir, written by a person who tried to find his own place in the world even when it didn't follow the path his parents had in mind.  In that respect, this could be the life story of many of us.

Oh, and about the book being as good as "Marley?" Heavens no! Not even Grogan himself could upstage that beloved dog.

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<![CDATA[Southwest Indiana College Access Network (SICAN)]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/26/southwest-indiana-college-access-network-sican.aspx Mon, 26 Jan 2009 14:57:00 G1T 1192 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/" target="_blank">Research Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/research/archive/2009/01/26/southwest-indiana-college-access-network-sican.aspx to post your comments!

Today's Evansville Courier announced new and needed assistance for all middle school through high school students and their parents.  The Southwest Indiana College Access Network (SICAN) has launched a wonderful website that has all kinds of useful information for college bound students.  This website is currently under construction, however it already has an overabundance of help available. There are links to Pell Grants and Federal Student Aid (FASFA), explanation of basic types of student loans, registration deadlines and dates for the ACT, the SAT and the PSAT, a scholarship search page, helpful tips of all kinds and much more. If you are beginning to think about college, take a few minutes to look at this site. It will surely help you navigate the college test and financial world.

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<![CDATA[Monster of Florence]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/20/quot-monster-of-florence-quot.aspx Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:20:00 G1T 1163 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2009/01/20/quot-monster-of-florence-quot.aspx to post your comments!

Wow! That was what I was saying most of the way through Douglas Preston's bestselling book. To think I wandered around Florence in the dark four years ago without ever knowing of these crimes. It gives me goose-bumps. If you didn't pick it up while it was on the NY Times Best Sellers list last Monster of Florence book jacketyear, it's not too late.

This is a true-life crime story like no other. A serial killer began a killing spree in 1968 murdering young lovers all around the Tuscan countryside. It ended 20 years later with a total of 16 victims. Douglas Preston became fascinated with the story after moving to Florence in 2000, and soon became involved in writing a book about the mystery, after spending countless hours with crime reporter and co-author, Mario Spezi. The tale weaves, twists, zigzags, and finally turns you upside down, when the authors become part of the story itself.

"Monster" has all the hallmarks of a modern work of fiction - mystery, murder, body parts, police corruption, deception, satanic cults, revenge, and madness. Will the real killer be revealed?  Preston and Spezi give us a final twist at the end and plenty to think about.

United Artists and Tom Cruise have acquired the movie rights to "Monster of Florence" and we'll see if the movie is as good as this book.

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<![CDATA[The Spirit of the Beehive]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/12/30/the-spirit-of-the-beehive.aspx Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:07:00 G12T 1089 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/12/30/the-spirit-of-the-beehive.aspx to post your comments!

The Spirit of the BeehiveThanks to a recommendation by my friend, I watched a stunning film this weekend. Set in a Castilian village somewhere in early 1940's rural Spain, this movie has won international acclaim as a masterpiece - labeled one of the greatest Spanish films of the 1970's. On the surface, it is a coming of age story in which six-year-old Ana, played by Ana Torrent, tries to make sense of the world after seeing a young girl die in the classic 1931 film, Frankenstein. However, the movie is chock-full of symbolism and is also a commentary on life at the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War.  The cinematic photography shot by Luis Cuadrado (who was going blind while the film was being made) is stark and breathtaking.  Each scene seems to stay in your memory as a snapshot.  As with many foreign films, the pace is hauntingly slow and the dialogue is sparse, adding to the intense feeling and emotion of the storyline. Isabel Telleria plays the innocent Ana's older sister Isabel, and has a menacing side to say the least.  Together, these beautiful little girls bring this powerful story to life.

The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) was written and directed by Victor Erice and is one of only three movies he made over a 20 year period. The other two films, The South (1982) and The Quince Tree Sun (1992) are also highly regarded. 

Treat yourself to The Spirit of the Beehive.  It now ranks among my top ten favorite foreign films.

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<![CDATA[Strong at the Broken Places]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/23/strong-at-the-broken-places.aspx Tue, 23 Dec 2008 16:55:00 G12T 1063 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/12/23/strong-at-the-broken-places.aspx to post your comments!

book coverThis book's preface begins, "These are the faces of illness in America. Do not look away.......Quite simply, they are us." If you have ever known someone with a chronic or terminal illness, you probably already know that each person approaches their difficulties in a way that is all their own.  Strong at the Broken Places by Richard M. Cohen is a book that demonstrates this.  He features 5 people who have been given life changing diagnoses. Cohen interviews them over several years, asking them questions and observing them in their everyday life. The interviews speak of fear, loneliness, and anger - but also show the personal strengths that allow these people to thrive, revealing the common ground they all stand upon.  Although it may sound depressing, I found this book full of life. To me the stories are all about living in the truth, with as much hope as one can muster.  And after all, isn't that what we are all trying to do?

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<![CDATA["Central Staff Picks" you can download!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/08/quot-central-staff-picks-quot-you-can-download.aspx Wed, 08 Oct 2008 14:36:00 G10T 709 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/08/quot-central-staff-picks-quot-you-can-download.aspx to post your comments!

Staff at Central Library are currently sharing some of their favorite picks on a book display in the lobby through October 19. These titles are going fast and many have already snatched them off the shelf to enjoy. If you are one of those who do not visit Central on a regular basis - do not fear. You can download some of these popular titles from our website. Simply visit our Downloads tab and choose Books & Audiobooks to view OverDrive @ EVPL. Search for your favorites or choose one of the following non-fiction titles from Central Library Staff Picks.

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Daily Show with Jon Stewart presents America by John Stewart

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

World War Z by Max Brooks

Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World by Bill Clinton

This I Believe by Jay Allison

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

Enjoy. And stop by Central Library the next time you are in the neighborhood!

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<![CDATA["House at Sugar Beach" by Helene Cooper]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/07/house-at-sugar-beach.aspx Tue, 07 Oct 2008 12:41:00 G10T 701 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/" target="_blank">Books Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/books/archive/2008/10/07/house-at-sugar-beach.aspx to post your comments!

I just finished one of those books that will stay with me for a long while. Helene Cooper's memoir, The House at Sugar Beach: in Search of a Lost African Childhood is remarkable and haunting. Her journalistic expertise opens the reader up to a privileged Liberian childhood, which ended in 1980 when she turned 14. The coup took place and the civil war began at a horrific cost to all of Liberia. Cooper, her mother, and sister fled their beloved country, leaving behind much bloodshed and many relatives - including an adopted sister.

This tale, although personal, is historical. Cooper sets the stage by relating how Liberia was settled by her ancestors, who were freed American slaves. It's filled with many vivid images of a pre-revolutionary lifestyle that was full of "American" possessions, humor, and close family ties.  It all ended with post-war bloodshed, heartache, misery and poverty for Liberians. The book ends with Cooper's revealing return to her homeland, in search of the adopted sister she left behind.

I listened to this book on CD and would highly recommend the book in audio format. Helene Cooper narrates the book herself, at times speaking Liberian English ("Congo" style) - making the story come to life. I will be looking for more from the gifted Helene Cooper in the future.

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<![CDATA[Before the Devil Knows You're Dead]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/22/before-the-devil-knows-you-re-dead.aspx Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:20:00 G9T 617 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/22/before-the-devil-knows-you-re-dead.aspx to post your comments!

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead DVDI picked this one up because I saw the face of Philip Seymour Hoffman on the cover. And as usual, he did not disappoint me. The story is about 2 brothers, Andy (Hoffman) and Hank (Ethan Hawke), who are both in need of money in the worst way. The elder Andy persuades his baby brother Hank to pull off the perfect crime - the robbery of their parent's jewelry store. Since these men are morally corrupt and driven by sex, greed, and drugs, the plot is quite a thriller. Throw their father, Charles (Albert Finney) and Andy's wife, Gina (Marisa Tomea) in the mix and you have a tale of one horribly dysfunctional family. These are NOT nice, normal people! Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is sequenced in flashback/forward style giving the viewer little clues here and there that lead to a complex tension-filled conclusion. I thought all the acting was superb and would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes suspenseful thrillers. Why not check it out today?

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<![CDATA[War Heroes and Their Families]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/11/war-heroes-and-their-families.aspx Thu, 11 Sep 2008 15:37:00 G9T 514 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/11/war-heroes-and-their-families.aspx to post your comments!

I guess most of us know of someone who lost their life in a war. The documentary, Be Good, Smile Pretty, takes an emotional look at the personal story of one child who was left fatherless by the Vietnam War.  Tracy Droz Tragos' lets us in on her journey to discover who her father, U.S. Naval Soldier Don Droz really Be Good, Smile Prettywas, before he was killed leaving her behind as an infant.  She follows her heart and interviews those that knew her father in the military, his family members, and her own mother who lived through the tragic loss of her husband. Many emotions are brought to the surface and revealed, resulting in a powerfully touching documentary.

More information can be found at the PBS website, Independent Lens.

EVPL and Purdue's Military Family Research Institute are honoring local war heroes with a program called Heroes' Tree. Don't let this Veterans Day go by without remembering those who served or paid the ultimate price for our country.

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<![CDATA[He's not your average "Farmer John"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/08/he-s-not-your-average-quot-farmer-john-quot.aspx Mon, 08 Sep 2008 14:09:00 G9T 439 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/09/08/he-s-not-your-average-quot-farmer-john-quot.aspx to post your comments!

The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a comeback story of the most fascinating kind. The documentary begins with Farmer John tasting the dirt on his farm and ends with him dancing around the farm dressed up as a honey bee! In between is the story of one man's struggle to keep his family's farm alive and prospering during the most harrowing times. Because the Peterson family documented many years on film, the film captures your interest and brings the characters to life before your eyes. The Midwest farming community's efforts to stay alive and it's transformation to meet the challenges of today's eco friendly market is what this story is about. However, it goes beyond the obvious, taking us into the personal battles of a man who does not fit the "mold" of an average farmer, and his attempt to carry on the family tradition that is part of his heritage. Stay with this one. It's worth the ride.

Then, check out Farmer John's Cookbook: the real dirt on vegetables. And much more at the PBS website, Independent Lens.

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<![CDATA[Snow Cake (2006)]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/08/28/snow-cake-2006.aspx Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:47:00 G8T 301 wag.mado@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/" target="_blank">Movies Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/movies/archive/2008/08/28/snow-cake-2006.aspx to post your comments!

I picked this one up because the name intrigued me. I really didn't even read the synopsis on the back cover - just took it home and popped it in.

The story is about an ex-con, Alex (Alan Rickman), who becomes entangled in the life of a hitchhiker, Vivienne (Emily Hampshire), he picks up while driving north to Wawa, Ontario. Vivienne's mother, Linda (Sigourney Weaver) is autistic and her neighbor Maggie (Carrie-Ann Moss) is an unmarried woman who enjoys the "company" of men.

The characters in this film are complex enough to hold your interest. The plot is slow-paced but keeps you guessing and is worth a few laughs as well. Weaver's performance grew on me, however I've seen better depictions of autism. Still, I thought Hampshire and Rickman more than made up for Weaver's weaknesses.

If you need action and special effects, don't even think about watching Snow Cake. However, if you are willing to sit with this one until the story unfolds, you may be surprised and delighted. I certainly was.

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