Featured Staff Picks - March

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This Month: Water | From the Emerald Isle | Time Travel | I Am Woman | Oscar-worthy Reads

Water, water, every where, ...

Nor any drop to drink quoted Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and the reality for 2.1 billion people living today without safe drinking water at home (worldwaterday.org).

In recognition of World Water Day, March 22, we offer 10 top picks about our blue planet's precious natural resource. Parents: together with our family-friendly (FF) books, here's a great way to talk to your kids about water use and how we can be more thoughtful consumers: water footprint calculator: the hidden water in everyday products

The Water-wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen

Water by Frank Asch (FF)

Blue Gold: World Water Wars (DVD) - a film by Sam Bozzo

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon (FF)

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind by Brian Fagan

Water in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins (FF)

Hidden Depths: Atlas of the Oceans developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Smithsonian Institution

Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas (FF)

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochele Strauss (FF)

The Water Princess by Susan Verde (FF)

Compiled by Katelyn G. @Alton

Tales from (or about) the Emerald Isle

"What's the story, horse?" Pleasure reading and viewing in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 17—when everyone is just a little bit Irish!

~ May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far. ~

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Ladies’ Night at Finbar’s Hotel by Dermot Bolger

Shannon by Frank Delaney

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments/The Snapper/The Van by Roddy Doyle

In the Woods by Tana French

Dubliners by James Joyce

Brewer’s Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable by Sean McMahon and Jo O’Donoghue

Pint-Sized Ireland: In Search of the Perfect Guinness by Evan McHugh

A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor

An Irish Country Cookbook by Patrick Taylor

Pray for Us Sinners by Patrick Taylor

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Brooklyn (DVD) directed by John Crowley

Finian’s Rainbow (DVD) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Waking Ned Devine (DVD) written and directed by Kirk Jones

~ May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past. ~

Compiled by Anne B. @Central

Time travel, anyone?

Travelling through time and space is the ultimate road trip! Just in time for the Canada/US release of A Wrinkle in Time on March 9 (and, of course, Daylight Saving Time on Sunday when we are *all* time travellers!), based on the 1962 Newbery Medal winning novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is our list of timeless time travel classics.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

11.22.63 by Stephen King

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Murder in Time: A Novel by Julie McElwain

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Treehouse Series) by Mary Pope Osborne

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells


Back to the Future (1985)

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Somewhere in Time (1980)

Compiled by Heather W. @Aldershot

I Am Woman

Top Ten Feminist Books to celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8

Whether they draw on feminism explicitly or simply embody feminist values, these picks offer something for everyone—after all, as writer bell hooks famously taught us, feminism is for everybody! Because we understand people exist at the intersection of multiple identities, some of these books highlight different lived experiences of feminism and power; others grant us visions of feminism in practice we can refer to as we work together to build the world we need.

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism by Lee Maracle

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Beloved by Toni Morrison

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Compiled by Fiorella M. @Alton

And the Oscar goes to...

According to Wikipedia, as of 2017, there have been 546 films nominated for Best Picture and 89 winners. Of those lauded films, 55 screenplays were based on, inspired by, or adapted from published novels/novellas, short stories, plays, and in one case an epic poem (Braveheart, 1995). Here's a selection from our collection:

2013 - 12 Years a Slave, adapted from the 1853 slave narrative memoir by Solomon Northup

2008 - Slumdog Millionaire, based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup

2007 - No Country for Old Men, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, based the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

2001 - A Beautiful Mind, inspired by the bestselling novel by Sylvia Nasar

1996 - The English Patient, based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje

1994 - Forrest Gump, based on the novel by Winston Groom

1993 - Schindler's List, based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally

1991 - The Silence of the Lambs, adapted from the 1988 novel by Thomas Harris

1985 - Out of Africa, based on the autobiographical book by Isak Dinesen

1975 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, based on the novel by Ken Kesey

1974 - The Godfather Part II and

1972 - The Godfather, based on the best-selling novel by Mario Puzo

1968 - Oliver! Based on the classic novel, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

1967 - In the Heat of the Night, based on the novel by John Ball

1964 - My Fair Lady, based on the 1913 stage play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

1963 - Tom Jones, adapted from Henry Fielding's classic novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)

1961 - West Side Story, inspired by William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet

1959 - Ben-Hur, adapted from Lew Wallace's novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)

1958 - Gigi, based on the 1944 novella by Colette

1957 - The Bridge on the River Kwai, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle

1956 - Around the World in 80 Days, based on the classic novel by Jules Verne

1953 - From Here to Eternity, based on the novel by James Jones

1948 - Hamlet, based on the play by William Shakespeare

1945 - The Lost Weekend, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson

1941 - How Green Was My Valley, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn

1940 - Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier

1939 - Gone with the Wind, based on the epic novel by Margaret Mitchell

1935 - Mutiny on the Bounty, based on the novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

1931 - Cimarron, based on the novel by Edna Ferber

1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque

Compiled by Lauren A. @Central