Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Is Your Favorite Movie Based on a Book?

With the recent popularity of books being adapted to the Big screen (Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games, just to name a few); you may be surprised to know which big named films started their life out on a library shelf.   
You may find it interesting to research a few of your favorites. The Mid-Continent Public Library has a database for just this type of search.
'Based on the Book' is a compilation of over 1,250 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures. Utilizing the Internet Movie Database as the authority, all movies in this collection have been released as feature-length films in the United States, in English, since 1980.
John Campea blogged on this topic on TheMovie Blog and compiled a list of some of the greatest films in history that happen to be based on a book. In addition to the well-known classics such as The Lord of The Rings and Of Mice and Men, this list has quite a few surprises. 
Did you know that Die Hard (Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp), Rambo (First Blood was written by author David Morrell) and even Jaws (Jaws By Peter Benchley)were all based on books.
I wonder what seemingly unsuspecting books are sitting on our shelves right now that will one day make it to Hollywood.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Freedom is Never Free

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -G.K. Chesterton

In honor of Veterans Day (Nov 11th) here are a few titles that may interest you:

Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experience in Iraq By: Jane Blair 
DS79.766 .B53 A3 2011
This riveting memoir is the first book written by a female Marine about the war in Iraq and one of the only books written by a woman who has experienced combat firsthand. Deploying to Iraq in 2003, Jane Blair's aerial reconnaissance unit was assigned to travel ahead of and alongside combat units throughout the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Throughout her deployment, Jane kept a journal of her and her fellow lieutenants' combat experiences, which she draws on to convey the immediacy of life in the military, not just for a woman but for all Marines.

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II By: Mitchell Zuckoff   
D767.95 .Z84 2011
On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. 

When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans By Laura Browder Photographs by Sascha Pflaegins  
U52 .W475 2010
While women are officially barred from combat in the American armed services, in the current war, where there are no front lines, the ban on combat is virtually meaningless. More than in any previous conflict in our history, American women are engaging with the enemy, suffering injuries, and even sacrificing their lives in the line of duty. When Janey Comes Marching Home juxtaposes forty-eight self-posed photographs by Sascha Pflaeging with oral histories collected by Laura Browder to provide a dramatic portrait of women at war. Women from all five branches of the military share their stories.

If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America's Time of Need By Colonel Jack Jacobs and Douglas Century   
U53 .J34 2008
Jack Jacobs was acting as an advisor to the South Vietnamese when he and his men came under devastating attack. Severely wounded, 1st Lt. Jacobs took command and withdrew the unit, returning again and again to the site of the attack to rescue more men, saving the lives of a U.S. advisor and thirteen Allied soldiers. Col. Jacobs received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Here, with candor, humor, and quiet modesty, Col. Jack Jacobs tells his stirring story of heroism, honor, and the personal code by which he has lived his life, and expounds with blunt honesty and insight his views on our contemporary world, and the nature and necessity of sacrifice.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'll take The Oscars for 1000, Alex!

Don't you just hate when you want/need to know the the name of that show, director,character, actor,etc. and it is just on the tip of your tongue? These databases can help you with that, but beware that browsing through them is highly addictive.

The world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content with more than 100 million unique visitors per month. IMDb offers a searchable database of more than 1.8 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 4 million cast and crew members.

The Big Cartoon DataBase Is The Largest Animation Resource On The Internet, a Directory of your Favorite Cartoon Classics & Animated Films. 

IBDB provides a comprehensive database of shows produced on Broadway, including all "title page" information about each production. IBDB also offers historical information about theatres and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Travel Resources

Summer is here and many people are heading out to do a little traveling. To help you with planning your next vacation, road trip or weekend getaway here are a few of the resources available:
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2010
    Sehlinger, Bob   GV18533 .F62 2010
Road trip USA : Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Highways
    Jensen, Jamie   E158 .J46 1996
Perfect Phrases in Spanish for Confident Travel to Mexico : The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip
    Vogt, Eric W.   PC4121 .V66 2009
100 Best Family Resorts in North America
    Tice, Janet, 1942   E158 .T53 2006
There are also many online resources to help you plan and book your trip:

You don’t have to go far to get away, discover North Carolina’s travel treasures:

Webtool Spotlight

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you're a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Resource Spotlight

CIRCA NCEast--Beaufort County Community College Learning Resources Center, in collaboration with Historic Bath and the George H. and Laura E. Brown Public Library, has developed a portal for a digital collection of scholarly, informative, and historically significant resources indigenous to this section of Eastern North Carolina.  These resources include maps, unpublished research reports, early 20th century photographs, colonial and maritime records, memorabilia, and objects in special or rare collections.

These are photos of the original Carolina Telephone Company office building taken in 1924. The building was completed in 1923 and is located on 135 West Second Street. Today, the company has a new name and this dwelling is known as the Sprint Central Office where the main office equipment is kept.

Job Search Tools
Finding employment in the present economic climate may seem like a daunting task for many, however there are many tools available to help.
Resume and Interview Help:
· Get hired in a tough market : insider secrets to find and land the job you need now De Back, Alan.  HF5382.7 .D4 2010
· Can I wear my nose ring to the interview? : the crash course : finding, landing, and keeping your first real job Reeves, Ellen Gordon.  HF5382.7 R449 2009
· Résumé magic : trade secrets of a professional résumé writer  Whitcomb, Susan Britton   HF5383 .W46 2007
· Resumes for nursing careers
    McGraw-Hill Book Company  RT 86.7 .R45 2007
· Resumes for social service careers
    McGraw-Hill Companies   HV 10.5 .V49 2007
· Over-40 job search guide : ten strategies for making your age an advantage in your career  Geary, Gail, 1943   HF 5382.7 .G43 2005
· Gallery of best resumes : for people without a four-year degree  Noble, David F.  HF 5383 .N622 2005

Employment Search Engines:

·         Yahoo Careers
·         Monster
·         CareerBuilder
·         USAJobs    
·         SimplyHired

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Online Resource Spotlight

The NC LIVE Video Collection is a collection of more than 250 high quality documentary and educational video programs produced for the Public Broadcasting Corporation. Chosen by North Carolina librarians for use in supporting education and for general interest, the collection includes programming covering the sciences, US and world history, biography, current events, and the arts, as well as a variety of other subjects. In addition, several educational series for children are included

What titles are included in the video collection?
The video collection is comprised of programming in the sciences, history, biography, the arts, and a variety of other subjects. This includes Ken Burns’ Baseball, The Civil War, and Jazz as well as the selected episodes from series such as American Experience, Frontline, Scientific American Frontiers, and the childrens’ programs Cyberchase and Liberty’s Kids.

For a complete listing of the titles, go here.

Print Reference Resources

In her article for the Daily Vidette Ashley Vasquez probes the question “Why is our society obsessed with serial killers?”
Nick Maroules, a sociology professor who teaches courses in criminology, commented that people have always been interested in these sorts of shocking crimes. “It’s a combination of things. People are driven by fear; they’re afraid of it, they’re shocked and they want to understand it,” Maroules said. “If somebody goes into an office and kills ten people and then kills himself, it seems so out there, so intense, they don’t have any way to explain it, or understand it. It’s somewhat natural for people to be extremely taken by these kinds of things.
 “I think there’s just a general fascination with crime in our society but particularly with serial murderers because their behavior falls so outside the norm,” Jeffrey Walsh, criminal justice professor, said. “It’s easy to be intrigued by these extreme and particularly violent individuals in our society. Fortunately, most of us aren’t used to and can’t relate to them, so it draws our attention.” (Vasquez 2010)
No matter if it is fascination or an education in Criminal Justice that has you delving into the world of crime, there are several resources available to our students and patrons that will help:
The Book of Assassins: A Biographical Dictionary from Ancient Times to the Present By George Fetherling   
HV6245 .F44 2006 REF
The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton    
HV6245.N49 2000 REF
Hunting Humans : An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers by Michael  Newton    HV6515.N49 1990 REF
Bloodletters and Badmen : A Narrative Encyclopedia of American Criminals From the Pilgrims to the Present by  Jay Robert Nash  
HV 6785 .N37 1995 REF
The Historical Atlas of American Crime by Fred Rosen
HV 6779 .R67 2004 REF
The Encyclopedia of American Crime by Carl Sifakis      
HV 6789 .S54 REF

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Website Spotlight
Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky

SSS will illustrate real-time celestial positions with planets and constellations moving over the night sky. You can actively change parameters for a better understanding of happenings in our Solar System and the Universe.

Did you know?
In 1971 Ray Tomlinson sent the first successful email from one computer, to another sitting right next it – through ARPANET. He used the @ sign to delineate what host the user receiving the message was on, as ARPANET had a number of hosts systems connected to it. His machine was a Digital Equipment Corporation KA10 (PDP-10) with 64K (36-bit) words of (real magnetic) core memory, which is known today as a ‘calculator’. The message received would be printed out on a teletype machine. Tomlinson can’t remember his first message but stated it was “QWERTYUIOP or something similar.”
Web Tool Spotlight

KnightCite is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College. This service simplifies the often tedious task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style by formatting the given data on a source into a reliable citation, eliminating the need to memorize minute details of style for multiple kinds of sources. The service is provided free of charge by the college, and is available to members both within and outside of the Calvin community. There is no advertising on the site, and those who choose to register on the site will have the option of saving all of their citations and even multiple bibliographies to their account.