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And the Oscar Goes to… Books!

 Click here to visit the official Oscar website.

Ever since the dawn of the silver screen, film and books have been inextricably linked. Early, grainy film adaptations of horror classics like Dracula and Frankenstein, paved the way for blockbuster Hollywood classics also based on novels: The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, and Mary Poppins, to name a few.

Now, the 2016 Academy Awards are approaching (you can catch them live, Sunday, February 28th, at 7pm) and few things have changed. Five of this year’s eight best picture nominees are based on books! Take a look at this list and  consider reading up if you’ve missed a few of the novels these films were adapted from.

2016 Best Picture Academy Award Nominees

 The MartianIt would be fun to read the novels past nominees and winners were based on, too. I’d love to build that list for you, but I think you’ve got some novels to watch and some films to read– Or maybe the other way around. 😉

Happy 2016 Academy Awards!

Totes, mugs and cookbooks at the Library

 Check out our library book totes, reading-themed insulated drink bottles, and our library cookbook! On sale now at reasonable prices.

Williamstown Library Butterflies

Our Williamstown Branch Manager, Nancy Morehead is featured on the front page of today’s “Parkersburg News & Sentinel.”  Congratulations, Nancy, on a job well done! Our thanks to the newspaper for the excellent article and beautiful photos!

January 2011’s Author of the Month – Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy, a true Irish storyteller, had her name at the top of Britain’s most popular writers list and the New York Times Best Seller’s List. Binchy’s novels touch on issues such as parent-child relationships and the illusion of love. Her novels do not focus entirely on sex, but their appeal, instead, stems from the author’s creation of the ordinary, identifiable characters who love and sometimes lose.

Binchy, as a child would spend her holidays in what she called, “far flung places.” “I wrote marvellous long, rambling letters home from these trips, editing out the bits they didn’t need to know, bits of falling in love with unsuitable foreigners. In fact, my parents were so impressed with these eager letters from abroad, they got them typed and sent them to a newspaper, and that’s how I became a writer.” (http://www.maevebinchy.com/)

Check out our Maeve Binchy display downstairs at the Emerson Library. Here are some titles to look for…

Light a Penny Candle

Echoes

The Lilac Bus

Firefly Summer

Circle of Friends

Whitehorn Woods

Heart and Soul

Minding Frankie

Click here to be taken to the library catalog of Maeve Binchy’s books

The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library is ever changing it’s displays on the main floor and downstairs. Check out the Main Floor displays located near the circulation desk and the lower level displays located in the main area near the desk also. Check out our Resolutions display upstairs and the Cozy Mysteries and Hen Lit displays downstairs!

Past Authors of the Month

James Michener