Movie Review: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Viago has similar struggles to all of us. He misses the love of his life and has had a difficult time moving on. He wishes his roommates would do their dishes and other agreed-upon household chores. He sometimes has a hard time getting a bite to eat. He’s just trying to find his way in the world, one night at a time.

Oh yes and he and his roommates are centuries-old vampires.

Thanks to Kelli for recommending this delightful movie to me! It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed watching it. It’s perfect viewing as Halloween approaches.

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What a Wonderful World: October

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and October’s is harvest wheat. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

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September Treasure Hunt Challenge Answers

The treasure chest at the heart of our adventure. Our fearless treasure seekers explored the blog, for the sake of a congratulatory button and Hershey nuggets. Hey, we said there was gold in this here blog! We just didn’t specify what kind. 🙂

Did you seek the treasure during our September Treasure Hunt? Curious what the answers are? Read ahead!

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Book Buzz: Treasure Hunts, Mysterious Games, Nostalgic Rivers, and Awkward Vacations

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For September, we’re looking at a caper mystery surrounding artifacts, an inspirational novel about a treasure hunt in the hills of West Virginia, a fun cozy mystery series, a memoir/family history companion piece to A River Runs Through It, and an audiobook thriller about a destination wedding gone very wrong.

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Jeff Guinn’s War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, The Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion

John “Black Jack” Pershing’s Punitive Expedition in 1916 into Mexico remains an under-explored period in American history. However, Jeff Guinn, best known for his true crime books, has turned his attention to it in his latest book.

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What a Wonderful World: September

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and September’s is treasure turquoise. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: September Treasure Hunt Challenge

 

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

Usually, for these poetry posts, I’ve been focusing on discussing poems in our library’s collection paired with poems that connect with our monthly color theme.

But this month, our color is treasured turquoise, and that got us to thinking about treasure hunts and, well, now we have a treasure hunt challenge just for you. Sorry, not sorry. Read on, hearty adventurer!

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Updates!

I’ve had a couple of exciting updates on the library that I’ve wanted to post, and I figured that now is the time to post both of them!

If you’re a regular reader and/or a resident of Berryville, you probably know that we launched our fundraising campaign for a new library building 5 months ago today and that we also had a reading challenge to raise additional money this summer.

Read ahead for updates on both projects!

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: August

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

For August, our poem is Rainier Maria Rilke’s “Sunset.” Rilke is a noted late 19th century/early 20th century Austrian poet who is often considered a bridge between more traditional poetry and the modernist school. Rilke’s also one of the best-known German-language poets in the English-speaking world. His elegant, lyrical work is often billed as “mystical.”

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Book Buzz: Robots, Conservationists, Inheritances, and Stand-Alone Fantasies

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For August, we’re looking at science fiction about robots who are out of the loop, a history of the efforts to save endangered species, a tale that is equal parts family mystery and historical fiction, and an audiobook featuring a coming-of-age high fantasy.

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