Archive | August, 2009

Search Tip: Finding Foreign Films

amelieAs you may know, the library has a wide variety of feature films, including foreign language feature films.  Some of the foreign language films make up a large enough collection to have their own separate section on the shelf and in the catalog, including Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

However, for some of the other foreign languages, there aren’t enough films to make up their own collection.  These foreign language films are shelved with the English language feature films, just waiting to be discovered.  If you’ve ever needed a French film for a French class or just love German films, there is an easy way to search for these in the library catalog.

In the search box, just type in the keywords “feature films” and then type in the name of the country that you are looking for.  For example, for French films you would type in “feature films france” and for German films you would type in “feature films germany.” Once you find an available title, just look in the feature films section under the first letter of the title. Hopefully you’ll discover some hidden gems in our feature films collection!

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Anti-Gravity Shoes

The moonwalk, invented by Michael Jackson (1958-2009), is familiar to most people, but 5255452patentx1there’s  another  extraordinary move that he performedsmooth-criminal in “Smooth Criminal.”  He and his troupe of dancers leaned forward at an angle of 45 degrees, defying gravity.  Michael Jackson has U.S.  patent 5,255,452 on the “Methods and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion.”  Specially designed shoes have a slot in the heels that can slip in and out of pegs that protrude from the floor.  When anchored to the floor, the wearer can lean forward seemingly beyond the center of gravity.

Les Paul (1915-2009) was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.  His innovations led to the first solid-body electric guitar.  He pioneered recording techniques, such as overdubbing; built his own multi-track tape recorders; and inspired other musicians to adopt his guitar and recording techniques. One of his patents is 3,018,860 titled “Electrical Musical Instrument.“  It is the patent for his solid-body electric guitar.  He was a successful performer and recording artist.  The Gibson Les Paul guitar was mass produced.

Let’s celebrate these performers and innovators.  August is National Inventors Month!

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Short and Sweet Summer Reading

Guide to the Birds of East AfricaA Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson.

A gentle read with elements of Alexander McCall Smith and Roger Tory Peterson.  This is essentially a love story between a widow and widower who find each other through bird watching.  There is some very funny stuff about the vanity of people and how letting go of vanity and being yourself is liberating and rewarding.  Pretty short, only 201 pages!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

This novel set in 1950′s England is the Winner of the Crime Writers of America’s Debut Dagger for best first novel.   Award winning books are usually a good recommendation for any book, but this author also counts the wonderful Louise Penny as a mentor.

The heroine, Flavia de Luce, is eleven years old and a budding chemist.  She lives with her two older sisters, her father and their faithful friend and damaged war veteran would be gardener, Dogger.  The battles and practical jokes the sisters play on one another are lots of ‘fun’ and Flavia’s relentless and fearless pursuit of the murderer is refreshing since she uses her knowledge of chemistry to discover the villain.  Lots of fun even if the pie turned out to be awful.

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