Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz

This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from the following:

Bottle Rocket


The Royal Tenenbaums

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Darjeeling Limited

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Moonrise Kingdom

I myself have always been a huge fan of Anderson’s work, so finding this dandy was super exciting! I must say, it was love at first sight. The book intimately shares the interesting relationships that Wes has held with his actors and actresses, and points out how tedious film production really is. The Wes Anderson Collection takes you through a very well documented past with beautifully intricate sketches, plans, and incredibly well illustrated ideas. Anderson is notorious for his very limited/specific color pallet, extensive use of flat space camera moves, obsessively symmetrical compositions, snap-zooms, and slow-motion walking shots. All of these qualities define and create the ingeniously quirky combinations that are known as his signature style. Wes Anderson will go down in history as a profound artist, whose films have been consistently nominated and awarded. A window into how these films came to be, I highly recommend The Wes Anderson Collection to anyone who is looking to be inspired. Fan or not: this compilation can truly bring out in you a new appreciation for artistry and filmmaking!

Posted by Tara Burke, Library Clerk

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Top Ten Reasons We'll Miss Alison

Youth Services Technician Alison Donnelly says goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District today, and in honor of her departure we have compiled a list of the top ten reasons we are going to miss her.

10) Our staff just got a whole lot worse at trivia.
09) At least twice a week she would say, "If I was a dog I'd be a schnauzer. In its native Germany, the schnauzer was used to herd cattle and generally guard the house and stables. It could also pull a small cart, making it an all-around farm dog."
08) No more patrons calling for "that English girl."
07) She would often quote Dylan Thomas to the children at story time.
06) Our staff now has zero vegetarians.
05) She could really get those babies to boogie.
04) Her celebrity crush is John Goodman.
03) She has some pretty extreme opinions about The Good Dinosaur.
02) To her every mouse is an ABC mouse.
01) Obviously, the ladies.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

On This Day In...1986

Jiddu Krishnamurti died at the age of 90 on this day in 1986. An author and public speaker, Krishnamurti's spiritual and philosophical insights brought him a rather large audience from a very young age. Krishnamurti remained active throughout his entire life, giving his last public speech just one month before his death.

Key Library Checkouts:

The First and Last Freedom - Published in 1954, this book features a foreword by Aldous Huxley of Brave New World fame.

Think On These Things - The back of the book says, "Krishnamurti's observations and explorations of modern man's estate are penetrating and profound, yet given with disarming simplicity and directness. To listen to him or to read his thoughts is to face oneself and the world with an astonishing morning freshness."

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Library Clerk

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight - Davis Pet Hospital

Davis Pet Hospital:
"We are a full service veterinary hospital for dogs and cats. We offer routine care such as vaccines, heartworm testing, heartworm and flea prevention, spays, and neuters. We also treat and hospitalization sick pets, perform a variety of surgeries, and perform dental cleanings with extractions, if needed."

Q: How long have you been in business?
A: We have been in business since September 1, 2012

Q: Have you always been at your current location?
A: Yes, we have always been at this location

Q: Why do your customers choose you? What sets you apart?
A: We try to be friendly and flexible. We know there isn't one solution for everyone, so we do our best to work with people to care for their pets.

Q: What is your primary service or most popular product?
A: Veterinary care for dogs and cats.

Q: Do you have an online presence?
A: We are on Facebook and have a website, Davis Pet Hospital, Inc. Collinsville, IL (618) 344-2097

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Harry Potter series.


The Collinsville Library is demonstrating our gratitude to our wonderful sponsors with the "Sponsor Spotlight" blog series. Our deepest appreciation goes to these businesses whose contributions ensure that the library can present even better service to the community. If you would like to become a library sponsor, contact us today at 618-344-1112.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Programming Technician 

Monday, February 08, 2016

Music for Lovers

Romance isn't easy, but the right music can certainly go a long way in helping to set the perfect mood. So with Valentine's Day just around the corner, be sure to stop by the Collinsville Memorial Library Center and check out our large music collection. And if you need a little help selecting just the right record, here are a few of our recommendations:

Moondance by Van Morrison - Moondancing is a time honored Valentine's tradition.

The Real Feel by Spiral Stairs - The sound of a wooden rose in a champagne bottle vase sitting on a heart shaped sudoku puzzle trimmed with red lace imported from Paris and dipped in fine chocolate decorated with hieroglyphic poetry.

Revolver by the Beatles - Don Draper's favorite album, and quite possibly Cupid's too.

Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Love. Is. A. Battlefield.

Mumbo Jumbo by Air Supply -  Never mind the mumbo jumbo, here's Air Supply. Light romantic ballads so sweet they will leave a candy heart aftertaste in your mouth.

No Cities To Love by Sleater-Kinney - Valentine's Day is not about loving a city; Sleater-Kinney knows this and so should you.

Gold Cobra by Limp Bizkit - Nu-metal teddy bear Fred Durst pitches woo left, right, and center with poetry as purple as a bruise.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, library clerk

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

On This Day In...1979

Punk rocker Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at the age of 21 on this day in 1979.  Vicious joined the band the Sex Pistols in 1977, after original bassist Glen Matlock was kicked out of the group for "liking the Beatles" and "washing his feet."  Free of taste and hygiene, Vicious got the job despite not knowing at all how to play a bass guitar.  In concert he would perform with the group while his amplifier was turned off, and on the band's only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones recorded all of the bass parts.

It is widely believed that Sid's overdose was intentional. At the time of his death Vicious was awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, who had bleed to death in the couple's Chelsea hotel room after being stabbed in the stomach. Vicious at first admitted to the stabbing, but later claimed that he couldn't remember what happened.  

Key Library Checkouts:

Sid & Nancy - Chloe Webb is so unbelievably annoying as Nancy that it is actually hard to watch. This by all accounts was an accurate portrayal.

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk - First published in 1996, this book quickly became a definitive punk text thanks to over 400 pages of endless depravity.

Posted by Grahm Underwood, library clerk