The music industry lost a legend with the passing of B.B. King on May 14. Best-known as an acclaimed blues singer and songwriter, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He was, along with his famous, iconic guitar “Lucille,” named #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
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The warmer weather is making its way here to the Chicagoland area, and this time it looks like it’s here to stay until fall. With summer vacation right around the corner, there’s more time for fun, like watching movies! In honor of the upcoming season, we’ve got some awesome family movies to beat the heat this summer:
Best known for his work as Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series, Nimoy was a beloved philanthropist, poet and film director, though he never stopped enjoying his Star Trek roots. He recently co-starred in the 2009 Star Trek remake, as well as a cameo in the remake’s second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness. In addition to his “Spock” work in movies and on TV, he often lent his voice for video games, animated films and documentaries. He will be missed…by Sci Fi fans and others the world over.
Another year, another Oscar Night Party at the Niles Library. This, our 11th annual celebration, was once again a success. Sixty people watched, cheered and even shared fashion gossip with their friends and fellow movie buffs. We played trivia and many people walked out with door prizes, which included movie books, AMC Theatre gift cards and nominated DVDs.
Most of the people were satisfied with the Best Picture winner Birdman, though part of the audience seemed to be rooting for another pick, mainly Boyhood. Whether your favorite film won or not, it was a fun night for movie lovers.
Though we have to wait until next year for the next Niles Library Oscar Night Party, you can check out the winning and nominated DVDs and Blu-rays at the Library all year round to have a movie night at home!
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:
City 44 (Polish)
Gods (Bogowie) (Polish)
The Heart and the Sweetheart (Polish)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Kill the Messenger
Two Days, One Night
Check out these movies and more by visiting our catalog at www.nileslibrary.org/catalog.
Join us on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm for our 2014 in Movies with Oscar Preview program. Cecilia, our very own librarian, will review some of the best and the worst of Hollywood in 2014, plus give some Oscars insight. A great opportunity to chat about movies and meet some fellow film lovers!
And of course, the Niles Library’s Oscar season all leads up to our big OSCAR NIGHT PARTY on Sunday, February 22 at 7 pm. Registration is required. Watch the live telecast of the 87th Annual Academy Awards with fellow movie buffs. There will be games, door prize drawings and refreshments. See you there!
Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! For all the hopeless romantics out there, here at the Niles Library we’ve got the perfect selection of romance movies to tug at your heartstrings. So if you’ve got a special someone (or two named Ben & Jerry), grab one of these sweet flicks and fall in love with love all over again.
10) Ghost (1990)
As usual, you can search through our entire DVD/Blu-ray collection at www.nileslibrary.org. Or if you’re technologically inclined, you can download up to ten of these heart-warmers using Hoopla, a new service that lets you instantly download movies, music, and more onto your mobile devices 24/7. All you need is your Niles Public Library card to register at hoopladigital.com/home. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
This is going to be hard to believe, but as we begin the new year that means the heart of the 90s, 1995, was 20 years ago. Do you remember what you were doing that year? Were you surfing the web via AOL dial-up on your Windows 95 computer? Playing Rayman on your PlayStation? Or were you running to Blockbuster to rent the latest movie on VHS?
The cool thing is that all those movies you were popping into your VCR two decades ago can now be checked out here at the Niles Library on DVD and Blu-ray. A major perk to watching these hits now? You no longer have to be kind and rewind! So check out this list of 20 movies turning 20 in 2015, and get ready to be transported back to a time when Boy Meets World aired new episodes and people only used cell phones for making calls.