Pipestone County Star 02-27-2014
It’s that time of year, when an actor’s fancy turns to thoughts of golden statues. The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be held on March 2nd at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting and the full awards list can be found on-line. It’s a night of parties and excitement, where those who watch from home sit around the television holding their breath as they wait for the winners to be announced.
Okay, not everyone watches with that amount of fervor and attention. I’m lucky to see a few acceptance speeches while I try and keep my kids occupied, but I’ve always enjoyed it.
You might say “Wait, what is the Librarian doing writing about the Oscars? Aren’t those movies?” You are completely right. They don’t have an awards show for books and if they did, I suspect it would be rather boring. However, Meinders Library does have an extensive DVD section. In fact, we order about five new releases ever month!
For those of you who don’t follow the announcements, here are the Nominees for Best Picture. As these movies come out, we will be ordering them (especially the winner!). Many of these pictures have nominations in other categories – some of them even come out this month!
12 Years A Slave: Solomon Northup was a free man in the North, but since he was black, he was captured and sold into slavery in the south. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and others.
American Hustle: Crime and Comedy in the late 70s. Need we say more? Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks stars as the man who was captured by Somali pirates.
Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey stars as an AIDS patient who smuggles drugs to help other AIDS sufferers.
Gravity: The longest opening shot (17 minutes) ever filmed – Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Her: Can you fall in love with Siri? Joachin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson
Nebraska: Bruce Dern stars in a touching comedy-drama about an old man, a scam, and the stories he has to tell those who try and help.
Philomena: Judy Dench stars as an Irish woman looking for a son she gave up for adoption under duress.
The Wolf of Wall Street: Securities Fraud perpetrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Come in and check out a movie, or something that you have been dying to read. And just as a reminder, if you know a movie has been released, but you don’t see it on our shelves, let us know! We can get it for you through interlibrary loan, or we can place a Hold for you so you’ll be on the list. We look forward to seeing you soon!
PAFL Update: Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join! The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year. Call us for the date of the next meeting!
Winter Weather: We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools. If the school is closed, we will also be closed – if there are no students, they put off plowing until later in the day, which includes our parking lot. If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up. If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.
If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714. The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM. Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.