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Now Playing in Theaters


A number of highly anticipated new films hit movie theaters this weekend.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is expected to be another blockbuster in the Hobbit franchise.  Starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen.  It currently rates 61% on rottentomatoes.com

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb stars Ben Stiller and features Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney in final (or nearly) performances.  Currently rates 48% on rottentomates.com

Annie is a re-imagined remake of the popular musical, starring Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis and Cameron Diaz.  Currently rates 25% on rottentomates.com

Less publicized is the critically acclaimed drama Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon.  92% on rottentomatoes.com

Other films still playing in the area include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Big Hero 6, Top Five, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything, Fury, Gone Girl.

Birdman has been winning a number of awards in recent weeks.  You can still catch it at Kent Plaza Theatres 10.  93% on rottentomatoes.com


Movies @ Main: THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (January 8)

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An Irish adventurer accompanies a beautiful woman and her husband on an ocean cruise, and soon becomes involved in murder!
Starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. 87 min.

Shown in association with Akron Film + Pixel. Introduction and discussion afterward.

WHERE: Main Library, Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, January 8, 6 pm






All Library locations will close at 5 pm Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve.
All Library locations will be closed Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Day.

86th Academy Awards winners

Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Animated Feature
  • Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Directing
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production Design
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
  • Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
  • Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
Best Visual Effects
  • Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay

you voted and the results are in!














audience poll was a tie between: American Hustle and Philomena 



the winner for the 2014 academy award for best picture is….

12 Years a Slave




Reduced hours begin Monday, January 6

Our reduced hours become effective Monday, January 6.
Here they are for your convenience:

Main Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Branch Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Program times may have changed so we encourage you to call the library location before attending.



Main Library Audio Visual Services now has a collection of Playaways available for checkout.  If you are unfamiliar with this format – it is a super convenient way to listen to audio books.  The book is slightly smaller than a cassette music tape.  You provide your own ear buds or headphones, and AAA batteries. We started with a core collection of popular fiction titles and bestsellers of recent years. We’ve also purchased some classics and nonfiction titles.  If you have any requests for Playaway titles for us to purchase please stop at the desk and let us know. Come to the AVS desk at Main library and check out our new collection!



All films will be shown in the Main Library Auditorium Wednesdays starting at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
All programs are FREE and open to the public.
Parking is free in the High/Market St. deck for those arriving after 6pm.



A fantasy film by Martin Scorsese.  An adventurous boy takes a mysterious journey into a magical world.  Rated PG.  126 min



Foreign Languages On Audio CD

Audio Visual Services has a collection of audio CD’s on learning foreign languages. We have added titles from the Linguaphone Company:

Proven Method, Exceptional Results

Linguaphone is new to North America, but for over 100 years we have been helping millions of people learn a new language.  Using our simple and proven method of Listen, Understand, Speak, language learners worldwide have discovered that learning a language can be fun, simple, and entertaining!

We selected two levels of language courses from Linguaphone. PDQ Quick Language Course available in: Arabic, English (for Spanish Speakers), French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish.

Ideal for beginners to the language learning, our popular PDQ course will have you speaking, writing, and understanding in your target language in no time! Fun and easy-to-use, it focuses on developing everyday essential phrases using native speakers. You’ll learn a new language quickly with our CDs and coursebook packed full of exercises and tests. They’ll help you develop the correct pronunciation and authentic accent, as well as helping you learn over 500 new words. Perfect for preparing for your next pleasure or business trip, this beginner course offers a great introduction to your new language.

What our beginner course includes:

  • 4 audio CDs
  • A 64 page full-color coursebook – with language exercises and tests
  • Language level you will achieve:


    What you’ll learn:

    • 0 -500 practical words and phrases
    • Essential vocabulary for everyday situations
    • Ability to speak, listen, and write
    • Development of an authentic accent

    Sample topics covered:

    • Meeting and greeting people for the first time
    • Asking questions and ordering food and drink
    • Talking about your family and friends
    • Finding your way around and asking for directions

     We also selected titles in the Linguaphone allTalk basic course in Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

    allTalk Basic 4-Hour CD Language Course

    There has never been a more convenient way to learn a new language. With no reading or writing required you can learn on the move with Linguaphone’s allTalk CD language course.

    Listen to the engaging storyline of a business traveler on a trip to a new country who doesn’t speak the native language.  Be engaged to the storyline as our characters go through realistic scenarios which provide the perfect backdrop to help you practice and remember useful phrases and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you develop confidence in speaking a new language.

    What our allTalk language course includes:

    • 4 audio CDs
    • 1 full-color vocabulary guide
    • 1 stylish portable CD case

    Language level you will achieve:


    What you’ll learn:

    • 0 – 500 essential words and phrases
    • Practical vocabulary for everyday situations
    • Ability to speak, listen, and write
    • Development of an authentic accent

    Sample topics covered:

    • Meeting and greeting
    • Booking a hotel room
    • Ordering food and drink
    • Attending a business meeting




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