Helen Mirren has another perfect performance in this historical drama based on actual events. Mirren portrays, Maria Altman, a woman in her later life attempting to regain ownership of a famous painting of her aunt, created by world famous artist Gustav Klimt, which was illegally seized from her family by the Nazis during WWII in Austria. The film has flashbacks to her time as a young child and young adult in Austria and her escape from the Nazis occupation. A fascinating look at one woman’s personal struggle to revisit her past, with the help and sacrifices of a young attorney, and address the injustice done to her family.
The classic story by Thomas Hardy is of an independent and headstrong woman, Bathsheba, who has three very different men pursue her. Carey Mulligan is perfect as Bathsheba giving her all the qualities you expect with passion and strong emotions. Matthias Schoenaerts along with Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen portray her various suitors equally well. The drama is filmed in Dorset England which is the location in Hardy’s story and is the perfect setting for this Victorian tale of relationships and adversity.
In partnership with the Maine Humanities Council and the Lewiston Public Library, we are proud to present the Muslim Journeys Film Series. These first rate films provide a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims. Each film in this series will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, Author and Coordinator Multicultural Student Affairs at University of Southern Maine. All films will be shown at the Lewiston Public Library.
Despite threats from mobs and gangs, Roberto Saviano is not afraid to write books exposing the evils of the black market. In Zerozerozero, Saviano explores the inner workings of the global cocaine trade. He charts its increasing role in the world economy and, by extension, its grasp on all of us.
One of the oldest and most fascinating species of animal is the salmon. The President’s Salmon offers a rich history of the Atlantic salmon, primarily revolving around the Penobscot River, the last stronghold for the Atlantic salmon in America and a key battleground site for the preservation of the species.
Rob Gronkowski, one of the best tight-ends and biggest goof-balls the NFL has ever seen, has written a book. It’s Good To Be Gronk not only documents many successes Gronkowski has had in the NFL and pop-culture, but it also explores some difficulties he has overcome to get where he is.
Project Animal Farm documents Sonia Faruqi’s worldwide search for solutions to animal cruelty in the food industry. Faruqi lives with farmers, hitchhikes with strangers, and has many other experiences all over the world. Through these experiences, she develops surprising insights and solutions, both about the food industry and herself.
Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor
As the title suggests, this is a picture book of nature’s contrasts. Explore visual paintings of animals active during the day (diurnal), those active at night (nocturnal), and those that are active at twilight/sunrise (crepuscular). This would be a very useful classroom resource with which kids can identify creatures, both familiar and unfamiliar, and can compare and contrast. Also useful are the latter “Fun Facts” which include additional information pertaining to the animals depicted in the book. Appropriate for children ages 3-5
Noisy Bird Sing-Along by John Himmelman
Connect kids with nature and get in tune with the noises and calls generated by various birds. This is sure to make readers and listeners hoot with laughter! This is not only a fun story, but it is also a great introduction for young children to informational books and to develop their active listening skills. Appropriate for children ages 4+
With a team composed of mice brothers, Eeny, Meeny, Miney, and Mo, little sister Flo feels compelled to give them a hand in their search to catch a tiger by a toe. Molk has a fresh, engaging, and clever spin on this classic nursery rhyme that is full of humor, sibling escapades, and action. Appropriate for children ages 3+