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Friday, May 3, 2013

5-day checkout for DVDs!

Library column for 5/9/13
by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian

I have a happy announcement to make: our videos can now be checked out for five days at a time.  This means that all DVDs and VHS tapes will be due five days after they are checked out or renewed, instead of only two days.

This will be the checkout period in all Pioneerland libraries, including Grove City and Dassel.  I know this will be much more practical for our rural residents who don’t get into a town with a library every day.  You will also have a better chance to watch a few episodes of a TV series on DVD when you have five days to keep it.  I am very excited about the change.  I know our customers have wanted this.

So what will you watch with your longer checkout time?  Our library has a wide variety available.  Here are some of the new DVDs we have at the Litchfield Library:

Anna Karenina is the latest movie version of the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy.  It won an Oscar for costume design and was nominated for cinematography, musical score, and production design.  Anna is a married aristocrat in late-19th-century Russia who has a life-changing affair with Count Vronsky.  Keira Knightley stars as Anna and Jude Law as her husband. 

Argo won this year’s best picture Oscar. It also won Oscars for film editing and best adapted screenplay.  It was nominated for musical score, sound editing, sound mixing, and supporting actor, Alan Arkin.  Ben Affleck directed and also stars in the movie.  The film is based on the true story of the Canadian Caper, the rescue of six Americans who escaped the Iranian militants’ takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.  Affleck plays a CIA specialist who devises a plan to fake a movie scouting trip as a cover to get the Americans out.

In the comedy department, The Guilt Trip is a story about a man who takes his mother with him on a cross-country road trip.  As they travel, they find they have more in common than they realized.  Barbra Streisand plays the mother and Seth Rogen plays her son.

The Intouchables is another comedy, but it’s a French film.  It was nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign language film.  It’s based on the true story of the friendship of two people who seem to have nothing in common, a disabled millionaire and his ex-con caretaker. 

As far as TV shows, we’ve just gotten the third season of Ice Road Truckers.  It isn’t the newest season, but all of you who’ve enjoyed the first two seasons that our library system has on DVD will now be able to continue watching.  This series from the History Channel covers the experiences of the drivers who shuttle critical supplies to the North Slope oil fields during the three months that the rivers and ocean are frozen on the dangerous Dalton Highway.

To take things in a whole different direction, Barbie in The Pink Shoes is the latest animated dance movie for kids.  It features dances from the classic ballets Giselle and Swan Lake in a fantasy storyline in which two ballerinas must defeat the evil Snow Queen. 

If you haven’t checked out movies because getting them back in two days was too hard, I hope you’ll start borrowing them now. We have something for everyone in our video collection.