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It’s Almost Oscars Time!

Mark your calendars! Starting tonight, the Nevins Library will continue its tradition of showing Oscars movies for free!

And it won’t just be a movie, there’ll be refreshments (popcorn & water) too!!

As always, please make sure that you check the dates and times before you sign up!

To sign up for each movie click on their Date/Title of each screening (or give us a call). Please also note that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ford v Ferrari have slightly earlier start times.

Thursday, Jan. 16th at 6:30 PM – Judy

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. (Rated PG-13)

Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 6:30 PM – Joker

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
(Rated R)

Friday, Jan. 24th at 1:00 PM – Casablanca

Has it been awhile since you’ve watched this classic Oscar winner? Or is this a film you’ve always meant to watch, but never quite got around to it? Join us as we get swept away in this iconic romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman which is always named among the greatest films in history. (Rated PG)

Monday, Jan. 27th at 6:15 PM – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Please note that this movie starts a bit earlier than previous. (Rated R)

Wednesday, Feb. 5th at 6:30 PM – Harriet

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
(Rated PG-13)

Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:15 PM – Ford v Ferrari

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. (Rated PG-13)


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Oscar Movie Series @ Nevins Library

It’s almost time for the Oscar Movie Series again!

Come enjoy an Oscar-Nominated film in the Library’s Great Hall before the awards are given.  The first one will be shown on Wednesday January 30th at 6:30 pm.

Popcorn will be provided.

For titles and exact times of all five of the movies & to register for any or all of them, please go to our website: http://www.nevinslibrary.org/oscar-movie-series-2

For more information, contact Sarah at 978-686-4080 x20 or  ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Sherlock Holmes

That’s right, kids: it’s Sherlock time! The world’s greatest detective (other than Batman) was born on January 6, 1854. He is now 165 years young and still the most filmed fictional character in the world. Here’s a little Sherlock trivia for true fans and movie nights.

1. He’s been on screen more than 254 times

As of 2012, Holmes had been portrayed on film an average of three times per year since his TV debut in 1938. This statistic comes to us courtesy of the good people at Guinness Book of World Records, who must have spent an awfully long time counting up Holmes appearances. That figure doesn’t even count more modern Holmes portrayals, such as the spoof that currently stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

In case you’re dying to see some obscure Holmes on screen, then the MVLC library system can connect you with such wonders as Young Sherlock Holmes, where Sherlock is a hip teen; The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, where Gene Wilder tries desperately and hilariously to live up to the real deal; and Sherlock Gnomes, which only gets away with that pun because it’s for kids. See the whole list here!

2. Holmes claimed he used drugs because he got bored between cases

Sherlock was addicted to both cocaine and morphine, which were technically legal in Victorian England. That said, their adverse health effects were well known to the medical community. Holmes’ friend, the medical doctor Watson, wasn’t anywhere near as bumbling in the books as he’s generally portrayed on-screen, and he voiced considerable alarm at Holmes’ drug use. In return, his friend shot him down with one of the lamest excuses in literature: he was bored. Here’s what he had to say in Chapter 1 of The Sign of the Four:

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession,—or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”

Maybe do a puzzle instead?

3. The TV show House was based on Sherlock Holmes

Suspend your disbelief for a minute and consider that Gregory House solved unsolvable medical mysteries through deduction, had a drug problem, and had a friend named Wilson. House is a close match for Home, which sounds like Holmes. Wilson and Watson are also close. House even lives at an address numbered 221b. Best of all, Hugh Laurie himself confirms that the surly doc was modeled on the Victorian detective.

4. Sherlock has never been played by a woman…until now!

It’s not surprising that a male detective from the Victorian era is generally played by guys. At the same time, there’s been a female Watson, a female Doctor Who, and lots of modernized adaptations of Sherlock Holmes himself. If Holmes can be a grumpy doctor, a garden ornament, and a New Yorker. Why not a lady?

In fact, a female Sherlock, who lives in Japan, is set to release on HBO Asia.

There’s one caveat that needs pointing out, however. Holmes hasn’t been played on-screen by a woman, but literature is a completely different story. In the Eleanor Arnason story Holmes Sherlock, an alien woman studying Earth literature adopts the stylistic peculiarities of Sherlock Holmes when she becomes enchanted by Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Incidentally, this alien’s people are universally homosexual and female-led. You can read the entire story here!

 


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Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Showing and Discussion

The Nevins Library Presents

Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Showing and Discussion

with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick

Saturday February 24th, 1-4:30pm

 

Though national leaders of the Civil Rights Movement may loom large, the everyday activists working at the ground level were no less important. Alice Tregay and other members of the Chicago Freedom Movement played an integral role in the national struggle for Civil Rights. And though they may not appear in many history textbooks, their accomplishments changed the course of American history.

Join us to view “Alice’s Ordinary People,” a documentary by filmmaker Craig Dudnick that details the extraordinary things that can be accomplished through grassroots community activism. Craig Dudnick will also be present to discuss the film and the way that ordinary activists influenced the course of history during the struggle for equality in the 1960s.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For further information, contact Anna at 978-686-4080 x12  or  agoodingcall@nevinslibrary.org


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Oscar movie series @ NL

Watch an Oscar Nominated Movie with us!  

It is time for our annual Oscar Movie Series.  This year we will screen FIVE Oscar nominated films – one a week – leading up to the Oscar Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 4th.

Monday 1/29  6:30pm  GET OUT (R) 

 It’s time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.  This movie has been nominated for Best Picture, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Director (Jordan Peele) and Original Screenplay.

Tuesday 2/6 6:30pm  DUNKIRK (PG-13) 

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.  This movie has been nominated for Best Picture, Director (Christopher Nolan), Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Original Score.

Thursday 2/15 6:30pm  ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ (PG-13)

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.  Denzel Washington has been nominated for Lead Actor in this film.

 

Wednesday 2/21 6:30pm  THE BIG SICK (R) 

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.  This film has been nominated for Original Screenplay.

Wednesday 2/28 6:30pm THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R) 

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.  This film has been nominated for Best Picture, Lead Actress (Frances McDormand), Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell), Original Screenplay, Film Editing, and Original Score.

Refreshments will be served.  Free! 

 

For further information, contact Sarah  at 978-686-4080 x20  or  ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org.  To register for these movie showings CLICK HERE for our calendar of events.


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Book to Screen

We live in a magical age. The wonders of the written universe, previously confined to the boxes between our ears, now cascade across the silver screen in hi-def, 3-D glory. Several book-to-film adaptations will hit the ground within the next year, and what better way to celebrate than to rush the theater?

Except, of course, to wait for a public library to loan DVD copies six months after release.

Here, for your viewing and borrowing pleasure, are the books coming out on film that we’re most excited about.

January

The Leisure Seeker

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Michael Zadoorian’s famous 2009 travelogue finally makes it to its destination: the screen. Like the book, this film will follow the freewheeling adventures of two escapees from a retirement home.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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The final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy sees our heroes trapped in…well…another maze. The book’s plot is fairly complicated, in a way that involves the big evil villainous organization actually being named “WICKED,” so we won’t go into it here. Basically, it’s the third book in a series by James Dashner and is targeted toward young adults.

 

February

Annihilation

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If you haven’t read Jeff VanderMeer, you’re missing out. His work falls into the elite category of literary science fiction, something not exclusive to space opera geeks or hardcore Trekkies. Annihilation is an atmospheric, unsettling, and sophisticated read. It’s definitely one to check out before the movie drops in February.

Fifty Shades Freed

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Meet Mrs. Anastasia Grey, now the wife of mega-rich quasi-reformed sadist Christian Grey. The plot, which is a ridiculous mess, encompasses the same violence and jealous shenanigans that we’ve come to expect from the series, except now there’s a baby in the mix too. If they were real people, their lives would be a train wreck, but they’re not, so just have fun with it. Here’s the book. It is, as you probably know, the third in the series that begins with Fifty Shades of Grey.

Peter Rabbit

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Fans of the classic Beatrix Potter story will love or hate that Peter is coming to screen in CGI. The plot, which was endearingly simply in the book, has also been souped up significantly by the addition of a neighbor to Mr. MacGregor who both loves animals and – potentially – grouchy old farmers. Will Peter and Mr. MacGregor finally become friends? Will this adaptation live up to the book’s reputation? We’ll see in February!

The War With Grandpa

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The mischievous hijinks of a boy and his grandpa, which have delighted readers since 1984, are sure to translate well to the big screen. Expect a lot of slapstick, a little poignancy, and Robert DeNiro.

 

March

Red Sparrow

Trained against her will as a femme fatale for the Russian government, Dominika rebels against her training when she meets the man who steals her heart. Thus, through the power of love, Dominika becomes a double double agent. The spy games thrill and so will Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika, but it’s hard to imagine the movie being a better ride than the book.

A Wrinkle in Time

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Disney has taken on Madeline L’Engle’s trippy, spiritual sci-fi classic A Wrinkle in Time and turned it into what looks like a faithful adaptation. Considering that the book incolves space-time travel, basically magic and psychic powers, this is a significant achievement. The trailer even features an especially creepy ball-bouncing scene. (If you haven’t read the book, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Just trust me. It’s spookier than it sounds.)

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon)

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Ah, young love. Ah, young closeted love. Ah, young closeted love being blackmailed by a malicious classmate in a high school where coming out may or may not be a good option. Somehow, the situation becomes humorous and hilarity does ensue. The book is a critical and popular hit and the movie, renamed “Love, Simon,” may do well with the teen crowd.

Ready Player One

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This is a story whose day has come. Ernest Cline’s story of retro video games, immersive VR, and a real world that just sucks for the little guy resonates now like never before. That said, the book already has a significant cult following and anticipation for this film is high.

Death Wish

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They killed his family and now he’s going to kill them! An ordinary man hunts down the people who hunted down his family. Sadly, the library does not stock any copies of Brian Garfield’s original novel, Death Wish. Though it’s based on the 1972 book, this movie is primarily a remake of a former move by the same name that was also based on the book.

 

April

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It’s a tale of love, humor, and a book club up to no good in German-occupied British territory during World War II. The book was a New York Times bestseller and perennial book club favorite, and the movie promises to be a wonderful first date event for hundreds of couples nationwide.

 

May

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

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Sometimes, you just have to run to the ends of the Earth. That’s what Bernadette does when she’s confronted with the unpleasant reality of her life in the form of a family intervention. Lost without her mother, Bernadette’s daughter Bee immediately launches into detective mode. The movie will be directed by Richard Linklater and will hopefully be as hilarious and heartwrenching as the book was.

 

August

Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu thinks she’s doing pretty well at life. She’s got a career in academia and a nice boyfriend who wants her to meet the family. They’re some of the richest people in Singapore and to say that they’ve got drama is to vastly undersell the concept of drama. Also, her nice boyfriend happens to be one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia and every other woman she meets wishes she was dead. The book’s author, Kevin Kwan, set out to introduce America to the wealthy elites of Singapore. The movie is bound to be larger than life.

The Meg

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It’s a giant shark movie based on a giant shark book. Let’s not overthink this one. If you don’t have enough giant shark in your life after seeing this movie in August, check out the rest of the Meg series.

 

September

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

John Bellairs is known for his creeptastic children’s books, one of which this movie is based upon. The film will star Jack Black and feature a clock that can end the world.

Boy Erased

This film is based on a memoir, and the memoir is about the author’s experience in religious ex-gay conversion therapy, so brace yourself: everything depicted on screen actually happened. It’s likely to be intense.

The Darkest Minds

The kids who don’t die of disease develop strange superpowers, and of course the government wants to lock them up and study them. The book is a YA hit and the movie comes out in the same rough time frame as another “X-Men” film.

 

October

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Steig Larsson may be gone, but his series lives on. This installment sees Lisbeth Salander facing down a shadowy organization and probably looking super-cool.

First Man

It’s easy to identify Neil Armstrong as the first man on the moon, but who was he? The book and the movie both seek to answer this question.

 

 

True Stories on the Big Screen!

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Nevins Library’s Oscar Movie Series 2017!

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It’s that time of year again…NL’s Oscar Movie Series 2017!  Join us in watching the 2017 Oscar nominated movies on the following dates and times:

January 31, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM  HELL OR HIGH WATER rated R

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.

Stars Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges), Original Screenplay, and Film Editing

Click here to Register


February 8, 2017 from 6:30Pm to 8:30 PM  FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS rated PG-13

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg

Nominated for:  Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) and Costume Design

Click here to Register


February 16, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM  ARRIVAL  rated PG-13

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

Stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Production Design

Click here to Register


February 23, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM   HACKSAW RIDGE rated R

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Stars  Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Director, Actor in a Leading Role (Andrew Garfield), Sound Editing, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Click here to Register


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Introducing: Binge Boxes!

Do you love binge watching movies or television shows?  I do.  Especially when there is a stretch of bad weather predicted, or I have a weekend coming up with no real plans to keep – hand me a stack of movies and I’m good and happy.  The Nevins Library has just made it easier to commit to this kind of relaxing – and the answer is in the Binge Box.

Each Binge box is a little larger than a child’s lunchbox, and holds about 5 movies or 3 seasons of a television show.  The movie boxes are themed, such as “Baseball Movies” or “Tearjerkers” or could focus on a favorite actor or director like the “Julia Roberts” or “Alfred Hitchcock” boxes.  We are even working on putting together boxes that will be great for the kids!

We have 15 boxes out and ready for you to check out and bring home, with more boxes being added all the time!  You can take one box out per card, and they are borrowed for a week at a time like a regular DVD (but you can only renew it once).  Do you have a great idea for a future Binge Box?  Let us know!

So check out the Binge Boxes next time you’re in the library.  They are currently on top of the New Books bookcases, and will soon move to the DVD shelves near the new DVDs.  Please let us know what you think!


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Oh, the things you can do with a library card!

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Everyone can take advantage of our public library’s resources by using our wi-fi internet access or computers, browsing our collections or attending a program.

With a library card, you get added benefits…not only can you check out books, magazines, DVDs, games, and other multimedia materials, you can also access our digital content.

Our digital resources include such gems as:

Lost your card?  Get a *free* replacement card at the Nevins Library during the month of September 2016.

Oh, and did we mention that with your library card you can also check out museum passes?  These passes will save you money on admissions to many of greater Boston area’s best museum’s and attractions, including:

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston’s Children’s Musuem
  • Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Pass
  • Lowell Spinner’s
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • New England State Parks Parking Pass
  • Zoo New England
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem
  • and many more!  Inquire at the main desk.

If we do say so ourselves, happiness is a well-used library card! 🙂