Monday, August 18, 2014

Watch This! Families

We Bought a Zoo
Rated PG, 124 minutes, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson

Matt Damon plays Benjamin Mee, a widowed father of a teenage boy and a young girl. As an adventurous journalist, he's traveled around the world doing many crazy stunts. He gives up his job to move his family to a new property he bought (on a whim) which is a zoo! He inherits lots of animals, and an eccentric staff, and must pour a lot of his heart, soul, and money into bringing the zoo back to its former glory.

With a supporting cast of Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit and Elle Fanning, this film has a wonderfully warm family-friendly feel. It's directed by Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Jerry Maguire), and is a great story that will not disappoint fans of great characters and a feel-good plot.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Read This! Adults

The Everything Budgeting Book (3rd Edition)
by Teri Stouffer

This is an easy-to-read, informational book about creating a household budget from scratch. There are chapters on budgeting for a new house, new baby, and retirement. There are chapters on how to reduce your spending and how to save more for the future. All budgeting information is presented in an easy-to-read, matter-of-fact format that anyone would be comfortable reading. This is a practical book with advice on everything from daily/weekly/monthly budgets to helping to pay for your children's college.

Anyone interested in the topic will like this book, and it has very current information on government grants, bankruptcy and financial disaster relief. This book has a lot of budgeting worksheets, which some people work best with. We have many other financial advice books and credit repair books, all located in the same area (332.024).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Read This! Picture Book

Press Here
by Herve' Tullet

Press Here is a fun, interactive book for very young children learning to follow simple directions, counting to five, identifying colors, and the orientation of up, down, left and right. This unique book will quickly become a story time favorite when a tap of your little one's finger sets these dots in motion! Great for little readers with big imaginations!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Read This! Adults

I Don't Care If We Never Get Back
30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever
by Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster

Two guys decide to see 30 baseball games in 30 different Major League parks in 30 days. Does it work out? Sort of...
Ben is a statistics guy, running the numbers for the trip and the mileage and the feasibility. He loves baseball in all its iterations, and loves all of the lore and legends that go along with the sport. Eric does not love baseball, but clearly loves experience and thought this would be a good one to write about.
Co-written in a sort of first-second-third person, this is a baseball themed adventure. Their trip has its ups and downs and, fresh out of college, they are still able to drive all night, eat fried food all day, and sleep in the parking lot of gas stations.
This is a great read for fans of A.J. Jacobs, though the inclusion of plenty of baseball statistics may be the answer to those longing for more of Michael Lewis's Moneyball in their lives. It's a road trip, it's a just-got-out-of-college story, and it's about America as seen through the eyes of two guys rushing through it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

You Know What I Love?
by Lorena Siminovich

This story is told from the point of view of a well-loved doll, it is all about friends! The doll narrator tells her human friend all of the things that are wonderful about her, including the adventures they go on and the fun things they do together.

The illustrations are digital collage, so they are simple but full of patterns. Readers will love to talk about their favorite dolls and stuffed animals, and what kinds of adventures they would like to try.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Read This! Picture Books

Yellow is My Color Star
by Judy Horacek

The narrator's favorite color is yellow. Yellow is the star of all of the colors. The narrator introduces many colors and asks the reader what their favorite color is.

The illustrations are bright and created in watercolors. Anyone looking for a concept book introducing main colors and the idea of favorite colors will enjoy this short, colorful book.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014