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This is the time of year when EVERYONE has a “best of” list. So not wanting to feel left out, and since the Adult Services staff watches a lot of movies, we want to share our picks with you for some of OUR best of the year. Will you agree with all of these? Certainly not. But you might like some of them. You might even add some to your own “best of” list.

These are movies that were released on DVD in 2014 or early 2015:

Alan Partridge

Big Eyes

Birdman

Boyhood

Calvary

Chef

Citizenfour (documentary)

City 44 (Polish)

Cuban Fury

Fading Gigolo

Finding Vivian Maier

Gloria (2014)

Gods (Bogowie) (Polish)

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Seduction

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Heart and the Sweetheart (Polish)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hunt (Danish)

Ida

Kill the Messenger

Leviathan

A Long Way Down

The Love Punch

Million Dollar Arm

A Most Wanted Man

Mr. Turner

One Chance

Pride

The Railway Man

Seduced and Abandoned (documentary)

Stalingrad (Russian)

Still Mine

Two Days, One Night

Two Lives (German/Norwegian)

Le Week-end

What If

Whiplash

Winter Sleep

Check out these movies and more by visiting our catalog at www.nileslibrary.org/catalog.

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2013 was a year of brilliant books for kids.

From picture books to novels, KidSpace librarians read all year long.

Along the way, we noted our favorites in five categories: Picture Books and Readers; Chapter Books for 3rd and 4th Graders, Chapter Books for 5th Grade and Up; Illustrated Fiction (picture books for older kids), Graphic Novels, Poetry and Folklore; and Non-Fiction. To create a list of 100 or so books, we combined our favorites with the top picks of the children’s literature journals we follow.

Below are links to the Niles Public Library KidSpace Best of 2013 choices.

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For distinguished fiction by an American author: 

Awarded to The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.

 

Finalists:

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf), a diverse yet consistently masterful collection of stories that explore Jewish identity and questions of modern life in ways that can both delight and unsettle the reader; and “The Snow Child,” by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown), and enchanting novel about an older homesteading couple who long for a child amid the harsh wilderness of Alaska and a feral girl who emerges from the woods to bring them hope.

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index.phpAnne Tyler once again captures the heart and soul of someone going through a trying time. This time, it’s Aaron…who lives an unremarkable life with an unremarkable woman…Dorothy.  But, after Dorothy’s sudden death, Aaron’s period of adjustment offers more than just grief and depression.  He simply cannot let Dorothy go. This is a touching, sweet book that is filled with heart and emotion.  I found myself laughing at Aaron more than once…whether this was intentional humor on Tyler’s part… just the sad-sack, vulnerable ways of Aaron manifesting themselves as comic moments I do not know.  I would like to think that Tyler wanted us to laugh at him a little…so he and her reader’s would try and take life a little less seriously.  Tyler, who is known for her engaging and emotive character studies, really captures the soul of this wayward man.  I would be hard pressed to say it is Tyler’s best work but it is one of her best.

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