10/08/15 12:00pm
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COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

The fall sports season is upon us. College football games are well underway; the NFL commandeers the airwaves several nights a week. NHL skaters are already racing around on manufactured ice. The World Series and the NBA’s regular season both begin October 27.

Small wonder that Movies at the Library has also been seized by sports fever. (more…)

09/18/15 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | "Born Yesterday" will be shown on September 29, the first of Movies at the Library's fall season.

COURTESY PHOTO | “Born Yesterday” will be shown on September 29, the first of Movies at the Library’s fall season.

The fall series of Movies at the Library is an eclectic selection, slightly weighted in favor of the British. One of those is a pure-bred, one is a venture of Hungary, Canada and Britain and the third is set in India from James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. (more…)

05/11/15 8:00am
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Back in the 1940s, motion pictures reigned supreme as America’s most popular form of art and entertainment. Although a brand new medium called television was edging onto the cultural landscape, it would not become a dominant force until the next decade. (more…)

05/10/15 11:00am
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Columnist Richard Lomuscio

We certainly have one great library here on this little Island. The offerings for senior citizens are extensive and varied. I had the opportunity to speak with the new director, Terry Lucas, last Saturday. I was checking out some new fiction when I figured I would try to get the answer to a question. (more…)

04/09/15 4:30pm
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Miles Franklin was only 16 when she wrote her debut novel, “My Brilliant Career.” Despite her youth, critics praised the work as “glistening with precocious wisdom.” Set in the 1890s in misogynist rural Australia, the novel was withdrawn from publication shortly after its release. But it was re-published in 1966 and has never since been out of print.

The 1979 movie adaptation, if anything, expanded the novel’s popularity. It also launched two additional remarkable careers: It was Gillian Armstrong’s (“Little Women”) directorial debut and Judy Davis’ (“A Passage to India”) break-out performance as a major movie star. (more…)