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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Avon Free Public Library is sponsoring a series of programs around 150th anniversary of the Civil War. A series of five book discussions with Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History, CCSU and a Lincoln re-in-actor, Howard Wright, have been planned. The first book discussion is scheduled for January 11, 2012 at 7pm at the Avon Congregational Church on Route 44. The book being discussed is March by Geraldine Brooks. The library has added some great DVDs that focus on the Civil War. Check out our book display and DVDs. More information about the series can be found on the library's web site.


The Civil War – Ken Burns

Cold Mountain

The Conspirator



Gods and Generals

Gone with the Wind

The Good, Bad and the Ugly



Untold Story of the Civil War

The West - Ken Burns

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's getting to look a lot like the holidays. Freezing temperatures, lights on houses, and stores crowded with shoppers are reminders the holidays will be here before we know it. All the hustle and bustle can be tiring, so plan to take a moment and enjoy a holiday film classic without commercial interruptions. The Avon Library has quite a list of some of the best to help you get into the holiday spirit. Stop by and check out some DVDs: Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, A Christmas Carol, The Bishop's Wife, Joyeus Noel, The Bells of St. Mary and Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Fred Claus, Home for the Holidays as well as a few others. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Avon Library is scheduled to reopen on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 10am. Come join us and see our new temporary space. The new DVD list is out.

DVD's November and December 2011

Atlas Shrugged part 1 Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler. A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.

Bad Teacher Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Phyllis Smith, Justin Timberlake. Elizabeth, a foul-mouthed, ruthless junior high teacher, can't wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she's dumped by her fiancé, she begins to woo a rich, handsome substitute.

Beginners Ewan McGreggor, Melanie Laurent, Christopher Plummer. Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who, following 44 years of marriage, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

Captain America Stanley Tucci, Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones. After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into Captain America, a Super Soldier who will wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull.

Crazy, Stupid, Love Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore. A father's life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children.

Disneynature: African Cats Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, viewers come face-to-face with the majestic kings of the savanna and their true-life love, humor, and determination.

Fabulous Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Brent Ridge. Two gay men live on a farm together and pursue a new business venture. Season one.

Fast Five Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson. After Brian and Mia break Dom out of jail, they find themselves trapped in Rio de Janeiro and on the run from the law.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson. Harry and Voldemort do battle on the doorsteps of Hogwarts and the fate of the entire magical world hangs in the balance.

Horrible Bosses Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey. For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers, permanently.

The Hour Dominic West, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw. The 2011 BBC drama series is England’s Mad Men equivalent Mad Men. A Cold War-era England espionage thriller centers around a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.
Ken Burns: Prohabition

Larry Crowne Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts. After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college.

The L’Enfant Jérémie Renier, Déborah François A small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself.

Midnight in Paris Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams. A young engaged couple are forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. Written and directed by Woody Allen.

Monte Carlo Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy, Leighton Meester. Get ready for an awesome adventure of a lifetime in Monte Carlo! Grace, a high-spirited high school grad, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite and is whisked away to Monte Carlo for a thrilling week of glitz, glam, and unforgettable fun.

One Day Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Jodie Whittaker. After one day together, July 15th, 1988, their college graduation, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew begin a friendship that lasts a lifetime. She's a working-class girl who dreams of making the world a better place. He's a wealthy charmer who thinks the world is his playground. Somewhere over the next two decades, these two very different people realize that the love they've been hoping for has been there for them all along.

Page One: inside the New York Times Gain unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as the main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, see the media industry transform at its time of greatest turmoil. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango, and David Carr track print journalism's metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent

Pom Wonderful Presents: the Greatest Movie Ever Sold Peter Berg, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Morgan Spurlock. Morgan Spurlock brings a comedic documentary about branding, advertising, and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising, and product placement.

Sarah’s Key Kristin Scott Thomas. In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah.

Silent Night Linda Hamilton, Cassian Bopp, Michael Elkin. A German mother and her son seek refuge in a cabin during WWII. When her house is invaded by three e American soldiers and three German soldiers, she convinces them to keep the peace on Christmas and share dinner.

Terrorist Next Door Michael Ironside, Kathleen Robertson, Chenier Hundal. A dramatization inspired by the real-life events surrounding the recruitment and capture of Ahmed Ressam - aka the "Millennium Bomber." Ressam was convicted of smuggling a bomb into the United States as part of an Al Qaeda plot to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve, 1999.

Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain. The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father

Water for Elephants Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson. Christoph Waltz. A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Looking for a few scary movies for Halloween. . . .

Here are a few suggestions from our DVD collection

When a Stranger Calls
Paranormal Activity
Sixth Sense
Pet Sematary
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Silence of the Lambs
The Blair Witch Project
Edward Scissorhands
Rear Window
Nightmare before Christmas
The Witches of Eastwick
The Mummy
Van Helsing
Twilight and Twilight Saga
Let the Right One In
Scream 2
The Birds
Rosemary’s Baby

Monday, October 17, 2011

Four films you must see. Two in the theaters now, two on DVD.

Moneyball Can statistics really change baseball?

The Ides of March Is politics that evil?

The Company Men The effect of downsizing in corporate America

Nowhere Boy John Lennon as a boy.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New DVD's for October 2011

Thirty Minutes or Less Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson. A small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds

The Bang Bang Club Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch. As apartheid comes to a violent end in South Africa, four fearless photographers, bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, risk their lives to capture the bloody struggle and expose the truth. Based on the book by Greg Marinovich and João Silva.

Bill Cunningham New York Profiles New York Times fashion photographer and columnist Bill Cunningham.

Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Jill Clayburgh. Annie's life is a mess. When she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals.

The Concert Alekseĭ Guskov,Dmitri Nazarov, François Berléand. Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he hears the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris has invited the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He gathers together his former musicians and a young solo violin virtuoso to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. If they all overcome the hardships ahead, this very special concert will be a triumph.

Dive! Living off America’s Waste Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, this multi award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets.

Dream of Life : Patti Smith Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray. Patti Smith is a renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Her music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. The film traces Patti's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life, her early days in New York City, her family, and the political causes she champions that have formed her life and art.

Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds, Tim Robbins, Blake Lively. A small but powerful force, the Green Lantern Corps are protectors of peace and justice and are tested when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana. A 16year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, is tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives.

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, James McBride, James Patterson, Wally Lamb. Fifty years after winning the Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird remains a beloved best seller and quite possibly the most influential American novel of the 20th century. The film explores the film’s phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee.

In a Better World Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen. The film follows two Danish families and the unusual and dangerous friendship that develops between them. Bullied at school, Elias is defended by Christian, a boy greatly troubled over his mother's death. Together they become involved in an act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences.

The Kennedys Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Barry Pepper, Tom Wilkinson. The recent television miniseries that chronicled the lives of the Kennedys during the 1960s. It dramatizes the scandal, tragedy, public greatness and private frailty of America's first "royal" family during one of the most momentous decades in history.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Ian Mcshane, Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush. Jack Sparrow is back! When he crosses paths with a woman from his past, he's not sure if it's love, or if she's a ruthless con artist using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth.

Queen to Play Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline. French chambermaid Hélène comes upon a couple engaged in an intensely sensual chess match and discovers she has a knack for the game. Based on the novel La Joueuse d'Echecs by Bertina Henrichs.

Soul Surfer AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid. Teen surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcomes all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.

Thor Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins. When the arrogant warrior Thor is banished to Earth from his homeworld of Asgard, he must fight to reclaim his lost powers. Pursued by an invasion force sent to destroy him, the fallen God of Thunder must rise to the battle and learn what it takes to become a true hero.

Vidal Sasson: the movie Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the art of hairstyling and left an indelible mark on popular culture. Trace the life of a self-made man whose passion and perseverance took him from an orphanage in London to the absolute pinnacle of his craft.