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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Now that's an awesome book shelf...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Post Hurricane Sandy the Far Rockaway Library Approves a New Redesign...

Rendering by Snøhetta, via Dezeen

The old Far Rockaway Library, which was used as a disaster relief center after Hurricane Sandy, has one review on Yelp: "LOUD!! LOUD!! This has got to be the loudest library I've ever been to." Luckily for that Yelp reviewer (and everyone else), the old library is being replaced by a brand new one fromTimes Square redesigners Snøhetta, who released renderings of the project today.
The new library will be twice the size of the old one (dispersing all that noise) and at least seventeen times as design-y, clad in fritted, colored glass intended to reflect the sky of the Long Island coastline. There will be a triangular corner carved out and covered with transparent glass for the entrance, which will open into an inverted pyramidal atrium. "The central atrium space allows the penetration of natural light to the ground floor within the interior of the deep floor plate, as well as a view of the sky from within the building. The inverted pyramid collects sunlight with the widest point at the top, narrowing towards the bottom, where the bulk of the program is located," Snøhetta principal Craig Dykers told Queens Community Board 14 at a presentation last June. The project will also seek LEED Silver Certification and will, of course, be placed at an elevation above the new FEMA flood zone guidelines.

Rendering by Snøhetta, via Dezeen

Rendering by Snøhetta, via Dezeen

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Little Free Library...

"Most Amazing, Stupendously Clever 
Little Free Library of the Day."

A free neighborhood exchange in south Minneapolis for books, kids' stuff, recipes, writings, and drawings; a kinetic sculpture of donated used bicycle parts and salvaged plexiglass. Click the video below and enjoy!

"Checking in at Little Free Library's Facebook page is always fun, but a post yesterday was so mesmerizing that even the folks at LFL couldn't resist exclaiming, 'Is this the most amazing stupendously clever, epic, mechanically excellent (?!) and stunningly cool Little Free Library ever? It's a kinetic sculpture! A neighborhood art piece! Destined for the Museum of Modern Art? The Walker? The Guggenheim? Have you ever seen anything this fab?' " - this fun link provided by Shelf Awareness

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Books to Movies!!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: based on

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron

Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester
V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most
infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing
food-animal hybrids!!!

New Children's DVDs

Mike the Knight:  Magical Mishaps 
Thomas and Friends King of the Railway: 
Barney Most Huggable Moments 
Top Cat the Movie  
Sofia the First Ready To Be a Princess  
 Happy Birthday William Faulkner!

Today would have been Faulkner's 116th birthday. Faulkner was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.

"I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work - a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust. It will not be difficult to find a dedication for the money part of it commensurate with the purpose and significance of its origin. But I would like to do the same with the acclaim too, by using this moment as a pinnacle from which I might be listened to by the young men and women already dedicated to the same anguish and travail, among whom is already that one who will some day stand here where I am standing." - from William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Your Merrick Library has the following classic Faulkner titles.
 Come in and revisit this fascinating author.

Absalom, Absalom
As I Lay Dying
Collected Stories of William Faulkner
The Hamlet
Intruder in the Dust
Light in August
Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner
and last but certainly not least, my personal favorite,
The Sound and the Fury

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


"Fill the Void" - from Israel - Hasidic-born Shira is pressured to abandon her own wedding plans and marry her dead sister's husband thus keeping his child in Tel Aviv


"Iron Man 3" - Tony Stark's world is in shambles thanks to The Mandarin - how will he rebuild and protect those nearest to him? - stars Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce ("The King's Speech") and Sir Ben Kingsley

"Unflnished Song" - from Great Britain - inactive and complaining Arthur is compelled to join the local choir to honor his late wife and reconcile with his son - stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton ("Pirate Radio")