LIBRARY LINE: Summer fun comes from books, music and films
Summer breezes, farmers markets, picnics at the beach and evenings that stretch out endlessly... what better time to kick back with one of these great recommended reads, tunes or perhaps a film from Belleville Public Library?
If you don’t think westerns are for you, The Return of Kid Cooper by Brad Smith may change your mind. This story is a western with a twist and it’s about Nate Cooper, who’s been in a Montana prison for nearly 30 years for a false murder conviction. It’s 1910 when Nate is released and the cowboy life he led before he was sent to prison is rapidly changing. The Blackfoot Indians Nate went to jail trying to defend are being killed for cattle rustling. Their land has been stolen and they are living in near starvation conditions. With the help of a newspaper reporter and the woman he used to love, he uncovers how the Blackfoot of have been robbed of their territory.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, by Heather O’Neill, is a spellbinding love story that transports the reader back in time to the early twentieth century. This page turner is about two talented orphans who were abandoned at birth. Pierrot is a piano prodigy and Rose is a charming dancer and comedian. The children fall in love while travelling around the city performing, but are separated as teens. Set against the backdrop of Montreal’s seamy underside, the novel includes everything from chorus girls to drug-addicted musicians and clowns. The library was proud to bring O’Neill, an award-winning author, to the library last October, and you won’t want to miss this great title.
What is summer without a great new cookbook? Just out this year is, VBQ. The Ultimate Vegan Barbeque Cookbook: Over 80 recipes-seared, skewered, smoking hot! by Horn Nadine and Jörg Mayer. It’s time to take advantage of the wonderful fresh summer produce. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or just cutting back on your meat servings, this brilliant cookbook will get you through the BBQ season with everything from bean burgers made with walnuts, flaxseeds, wild rice and black beans to wonderful Portobello mushroom panini.
Summer brings to mind some wonderful music that can set the mood for relaxing. Listen to Seals and Croft, Summer Breeze, along with thousands of other full albums, on Hoopla. You can instantly borrow movies, music, e-Books and more, 24/7 with your library card on the Hoopla digital media service available through our website or as an Android or iOs app. Another classic album is the Beach Boys, Summer Days (And Summer Nights) with its themes of fun and sun, including sunshine hits like: Then I Kissed Her, Help Me Rhonda and California Girls. When a summer thundershower hits, why not spend the time indoors watching the 1966 classic documentary, The Endless Summer? This feature film takes us on a journey around the world in search of the perfect wave. We follow two California surfers from Tahiti to Africa as they follow their dream.
And, of course, a family film like The Dog Who Saved Summer is perfect for the kids when it’s time to chill-out. It’s all about the Bannister family’s dog, Zeus who is going to obedience school after having accidentally wrecked an important family party. The action includes a bumbling burglar threesome and Zeus has to outsmart his instructor if he’s going to foil the jewellery robbery. This movie is available both on Hoopla and as a DVD.
Visit us online or contact us at 613-968-6731 ext. 2037 for more reading recommendations or to place a hold on any of these recommended titles.
— Holly Dewar is the Manager of Public Service at Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery