Monday, July 28, 2014

Twists. Turns. Thrills. Ambiguous Clues. Identical Twins. Secret Identities..

Intrigued yet?  This week's movie is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat in this thrilling and yet disquieting film.

We will be watching this year's spine-tingling Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners).  Villeneuve directed last year's thriller Prisoners, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which was an incredible ride of constant suspense, shock, moral questions, and ethical dilemmas which left its audience hanging on the last shot wanting to know more.  Enemy will leave you even more breathless as you watch this story unfold.  Gyllenhaal plays a college professor who is a good man looking for more excitement in his life.  After a conversation in the faculty lounge with a fellow teacher recommending a movie to watch, he picks up the DVD.  While watching, Gyllenhaal is stunned as he sees one of the background extras in the film.  The man on the screen doesn't just look like him, it could be him.  Perplexed, he begins researching this actor to find out who the man is and why they look identical.  This act leads to an intense mystery of identity, truth, and intrigue that is both provocative and intellectually stimulating.

 Enemy, is not your typical doppelganger film like so many that have come before it (Vertigo, The Prestige, Mulholland Drive, Dave, Adaptation, etc.).  Nor is it the classic doppelganger tale of mistaken identity or some other such tale birthed from literary works such as Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Often, these characters are the identical twin that no one knew existed, some deeply buried family secret, or some crazy person choosing to dress and act just like another for reasons that are often nefarious.  Rather, this movie, adapted from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jose Saramago (Blindness, Jose & Pilar), is all about truth.  It is the question of, what is real and what is truth.  Can you trust what you hear?  Can you trust what you see? Can you trust the people you love?  These questions will ultimately lead you to the answer behind this mystery.
Join us this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Science Center.
You don't want to miss it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading

I was thinking this week about summer reading choices and what to recommend to you all, which led me to pondering why we choose books in our "summer reading" selection.,d.cGE&psig=AFQjCNF06rCXI8K_EjzwNVpgfmUZT4jFJA&ust=1406664341382384First, I began looking at various lists, of which the world of the internet holds in abundance.  Everyone has a summer reading list from the intellectual one on Publisher's Weekly, the more specific lists on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles, various magazines' lists such as the Real Simple one we loved,  and of course Oprah even has one, to the various lists that TedTalks produced by some of it's biggest contributors.  One thing I noticed about all of these lists is that they seem like random and eclectic selections of titles.  My summer reading list...well, to be honest, it is really just the pile of books I have not had time to read that I shove together or check-out all at once in hopes that I can get through some of them.  And yes, my list is more as random as any other that I found. 
This led me thinking what exactly makes a good summer read.  Well, to start with, it has to be something that one can pick up easily, get into quickly, be enjoyable and maybe even light in spirit, and definitely has to include an element of escapism.  In other words, you have to be able to get lost in it.  Just like when you were a child and summer vacation meant lazy days of sunshine, laughter, and adventure, a true summer read should have the power to allow you to escape, to run away from your life for even a few hours.  So, I have three simple yet firm rules for what truly qualifies as a summer read:
  1. It cannot be about work - leave your job behind and all of the things you have to do daily and get lost.
  2. It cannot be serious - now I know that some of you are already debating this one because some may think of Proust or Shakespeare as serious reading while others think of Stephen King or Koontz as serious...or maybe even that geology text you should be catching up on before school starts again this fall.  The bottom line is, it cannot be serious for you.  If you are bracing yourself before reading it, whatever the title is, it's too serious to be for summer.
  3. It must include the sigh of satisfaction - Oh yes, I am serious about this one.  Whatever the story is, if it makes you laugh, cry, or just smile, when the last page is turned, there should be a sigh of satisfaction.  Now this one is very important.  Without the sigh, you will not be able to return to life, work, or the pleasures of summer happily.  And summer should be about enjoying life.  So, only books that will leave you satisfied should be truly called Summer Reads.  This means no series, nothing too long that you must keep trudging through without the completeness and satisfaction of finishing something good.
Now, to be fair, not all of your books will fall into this category.  The deal is that you need to include in whatever you are reading this summer a handful of true summer reading material.  I promise, you will be glad that you did.

And now that we've established what a summer read is, you are probably waiting with bated breath to find out what our list is....
Well, there isn't one.  I know.  I know. You've been faithfully reading along and now to be left hanging...I would not do such a thing.  Instead, every couple of days throughout the summer, we will be sharing here some of the best reads by category.  This way, you can browse through the lists and choose titles to your heart's content.  We'll highlight some fantastic authors, new releases, and titles you may have missed that all fall into our summer reading rules.  So stay tuned right here for much, much more to come.
And just to get you started, check out any of the titles shown here of some of our most popular check-outs for your summer reading selection.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mystery Movie Wednesday

This week's film is one you want to check out.  We are quite excited about it.  So what's the mystery about?  Well, let me tell you.  But first, let's start with why the Library hosts a summer film festival.  In part, we do this to for get together with all of you, meet new members of our local
community, and to share the experience together.  But we also do it to connect you with amazing and wonderful films.  Some you may have heard of but just never watched, some you may never have thought to watch but are well worth your time, while others may be new entirely.  Each film, we pick thoughtfully to provide you with the very best movie watching experience over the summer. 
Why the mystery?
Well, because it is fun and because we can.  To add a little excitement and perhaps adventure to your week, join us for this Wednesday's mystery movie night.  Still uncertain if you want to come?  Here's a little bit about the film we are watching.

You will find in this movie one of the most iconic and powerful female characters who embodies strength, bravery, and conviction.  This is a true story that will have you enraptured in the time and history, but more than that into a journey of faith.  Truly a story of passion and the will to do what is good and right against all odd, this movie is the most striking and potent film we will show you all summer.  You will be moved and challenged (yes there will be tissues provided for the emotional bits).  You will be awed and captivated by this incredible, stunning visual portrayal of a story you know but have never seen quite this way.  The actress who leads this film is utterly mesmerizing in her performance, one which has been quoted as perhaps the "finest performance ever captured on film".  You won't be able to look away.

Intrigued?  Have a guess what the movie is?  Come and find out.  7 p.m. This Wednesday.  In the Science Building.  See you all there.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Classic movie week

For this week’s movie night, we will be watching the timeless film, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Captured so vividly on the screen, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play will move and challenge you as you watch the very gentile Southern Belle, Blanche DuBoi, who has fallen on hard times, visit her more down to earth sister Stella.  The clash between the sisters, Stella’s brute of a husband, Stanley, and the reality that Blanche is fighting with every ounce of her being to hold on to has made this film a story that must been seen.  You will see her personal and emotional breakdown as her walls and the lies she keeps telling herself become harder and harder to hold up.  Played by the magnetic Vivien Leigh, the chemistry on screen is phenomenal as is Marlon Brando’s epic portrayal of Stanley. 
So incredible is this film version of the play that, since its 1951 release, only once and with little success has anyone made another movie version.  The closest cinematic performance you will find that does Vivien Leigh’s performance justice is in Woody Allen’s 2013 Academy Award nominated adaption starring Cate Blanchett.  Interestingly enough, and just a little bit of trivia for you, Alec Baldwin acted in both this adaptation as well as played the role of Stanley in the 1995 version of the film. 

But, we only show you the best here at TVCC. 
If you have not seen this cinema classic, join us tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Science Center, room 104.  You will NOT want to miss it. 
Bring a friend.  Bring your favorite movie watching snack.  Red licorice will be provided.
And if you haven’t yet, stop by and check out the film trivia board in Barber Hall tomorrow too.  We’ll give you a clue to a picture or two you might not know before the movie starts.

We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer is here

Summer term is here and we are all about enjoying life.  What does that mean?  Well books, of course...the ones we revel in, the stories we get lost in, the adventures that make our hearts skip a beat, the romances that twist it and the comedies that delight.  Interested?  Well stay tuned right here for some excellent summer reads and book reviews.  We have so many to share with you. 
But we are not all about books.  If you follow us at all, you'll know that movies are a big part of what we love here.  And this summer, the movies are hot.

Starting this week, the Library is hosting its annual summer film series. That means some of the greatest films we have to offer, we will be showing weekly and you are invited. It's all free, and open to our students and community.
Just come each Wednesday evening to the Science Building on campus, Room 104 at 7 p.m. and we will treat you to a great film.
Join us for a great evening. 

Who can come?  Anyone.  However, as with all other campus events, this is geared towards only those 18 and older unless accompanied by a parent.  Why does this matter?  Well, our movie selection was compiled for a college audience.  Several of the films are rated R and we will not be monitoring or censoring for a younger audience.
What are we watching?  We have a great line-up of films including some new releases, classic films, and fantastic indie films that you are guaranteed to enjoy.  Check back here each week and we'll tell you about the new film.
Our first feature film of the season, showing on June 25th, will be none other than The Monuments Men starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.  This is a great story and a piece of history that you won't read about in your textbooks.  There will be explosions, laughter, and oh so much more.  We hope to see you all there for some movie fun and a great way to stay cool on a hot summer night.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A little fun and creativity

This month, it is all about ART 
Last week we launched our month focused on Art.  Last month you saw some fun blackout poetry projects created by our students and local elementary students.  This month, we are taking it to a new level and shining some light on the recent phenomenon known as book art.  
What is it?  Oh, the possibilities are endless.  Below are a couple of examples of some of the incredible things people creating with books.  Want to see more?  Check out our Pinterest page.  Or just Google book dresses (yes this is really a big deal), book carving, book sculptures…the list goes on.
In honor of this month and our commitment to the absolute freedom of creativity and expression on campus, we are holding an Book Art event.  All month long, you can create book art and submit it to the Library.  At the end of the month, we will have a Gallery Night.  This is open to students as well as all members of the community.  Now, before you skip past and think, I don’t know how to make any of this, read on.  

Don’t worry if some of this seems too intense.  These are professionals, but we know that you all have something you can contribute…

To help you out, the Library will be holding art creating workshops during the month where you can come for inspiration, to work on projects, for help with your projects, to get supplies, etc.  Students taking some of the art courses here will have an opportunity to work in class on these projects but for the rest of you, the Library is the place to be.  

Workshops will be held:
Tuesday, May 6th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Sunday, May 18th from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

All submissions are due the 1st of June.  Then, to show off what you've made, the Library will be hosting a Gallery Night where you can come in the evening and view the creations and submissions from the entire local community.  We will have refreshments, music, and some wonderful pieces to view.  So put that night on your calendar even if you don't make something.
We look forward to seeing what you create!!
The Gallery Night is scheduled for June 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Oregon Reads 2014

What if everyone in your community was reading the same book?  What if everyone if the state read the same book?  What would it look like if people of all ages and genders were talking, sharing, participating in reading and learning?  These questions have spawned community reading programs in communities across the US.  In 2009, the state of Oregon decided to try this out and launched its first Oregon Reads program.  In our community, we joined in with great success, bringing readers from the TVCC, adult members of our community, and school students from kindergarten up all together for some fantastic events and discussions. 

And we are doing it again!
This year, the state library has chosen to honor Oregon poet and author William Stafford in the centennial year of his birth for the 2014 Oregon Reads campaign.   Libraries and communities of all types around the state are celebrating the life and works of Stafford throughout this year.  William Stafford was one of the most prolific modern American poets, publishing over 3,000 poems as well as short stories, political writings, and other works.  He was honored as the US Poet Laureate in 1970 and served as Oregon's Poet Laureate from 1975 until he died in 1993.  This May, we are launching our celebration of Stafford and challenging you all to read some of his work. 

How can  you get involved?
  • Choose one of the books below and check it out.  Your TVCC Library has several copies.  Read a book with a friend or perhaps your child.  Share your thoughts with us. 
  • Come to our Intro to William Stafford night in the Library.  There will be an informative presentation on the life of Stafford and his work including clips from some of his films.  This is a free event, open to all, on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library.  And, if you'd like, bring your favorite Stafford poem to share.
  • Come to a poetry reading featuring Oregon poet Tim Barnes.  Barnes is an English professor at Portland Community College, a published poet, and a significant voice in making Oregon writers known and heard.  For more about Tim Barnes or the work of other Oregon poets, click here. Barnes will be doing a reading of some of William Stafford's works, some of Barnes' own work, and hosting a discussion on the life of Stafford.  Again, everyone is welcome to attend this event on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. 
  • And stay tuned for more events to come this fall including fable writing workshops, a visit with Kim Stafford, and more community wide events.

And here are this year's Oregon Reads selections:
For anyone -
A wonderful collection of Stafford's best work

Reflections about his life

A memoir of Stafford written by his son
Written while sitting in a camp for Conscientious objectors during the war, through poetry and prose Stafford captures the heart of pacifism and independent thinking


  For Children - 

For Children and Teens -