Author Birthdays – The End (of May) Is Near!

Ian Flemming (b. May 28, 1908, London, UK; d. August 12, 1964, Canterbury, UK)

Ian Fleming“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Casino Royale

For more information on Ian Flemming, click here.

 

Walker Percy (b. May 28, 1916, Birmingham, AL; d. May 10, 1990, Covington, LA)

Percy“You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Love in the Ruins

For more information on Walker Percy, click here.

 

Maeve Binchy (b. May 28, 1939, Dalkey, Ireland; d. July 30, 2012, Dublin, Ireland)

Binchy“I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I’m right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Glass Lake

For more information on Maeve Binchy, click here.

 

Max Brand (real name: Frederick Schiller Faust) (b. May 29, 1892, Seattle, WA; d. May 12, 1944, Italy)

Brand“When in doubt, head into the wind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Luck

For more information on Max Brand, click here.

 

Walt Whitman (b. May 31, 1819, West Hills, NY; d. March 26, 1892, Camden, NJ)

Whitman“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Leaves of Grass

For more information on Walt Whitman, click here.

 

Allen Ginsberg (b. June 3, 1926, Newark, NJ; d. April 5, 1997, New York, NY)

Ginsberg“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Howl: and Other Poems

For more information on Allen Ginsberg, click here.

 

Larry McMurtry (b. June 3, 1936, Archer City, TX)

McMurtry“Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lonesome Dove

For more information on Larry McMurtry, click here.

 

Genre Friday – Cozy Mysteries

Mysteries are all about twists and turns and misdirection. There is often danger. There is almost always a dead body or two. So where does “cozy” come into it?

Cozy Cottage

Not to be confused with a cozy cottage… although a lot of cozy mysteries take place in and around cozy cottages. Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a connection.

The Cozy is a pretty popular mystery sub-genre with a pretty specific set-up. They are generally set in a small town or village, with an amateur (meaning not professional law-enforcement or a PI or anything) sleuth, although they will always have some sort of connection, official or otherwise, that will allow them to gather information on the case. The sleuth is almost always a woman… and not infrequently of the grey-haired, grandmotherly variety. The murder – there is always a murder – is over pretty quickly or happens before the book begins and someone just finds the body to kick things off. There is little to no additional violence. Think Murder, She Wrote for a good, well-known example.

And that’s that. Although, if you are intrigued, this sub-genre has a bunch of subcategories (animals – often cats, crafts, cooking, etc.) all its own so you can delve pretty deeply into the cozy rabbit hole if you should so desire. And, as always, the library is a great place to start.

 

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Do you miss ’80s action movies as much as we do? I know, it’s silly to even ask.

Of course you do.

Die Hard

“Yippee-ki-yay, Moline Library patron.”

If you are still with us then you will be happy to know that today is a very special day. John McClane turns 62 today (in our heads and in our hearts if not in reality… since he isn’t a real person)! Congrats on surviving this long John!

It is on this happy day that we just wanted to take a moment and remind you that we can help you find more than just books. Whether you’re craving the one man against impossible odds of Die Hard, the buddy-cop violence of Lethal Weapon, the creepy, sci-fi feel of Predator, the brutal,  post-apocylptic wasteland of Road Warrior, or even the… I’m-not-entirely-sure-what-just-happened-there-but-I-kind-of-liked-it of Big Trouble in Little China, we can help with that. And if we don’t actually have it we can very likely find a library that does and have it sent here for you. It never hurts to ask.

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

Yes. Yes, it does.

Study Links Reading Fiction to Better Performance on Empathy and Social Acumen Tests

“When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine it’s like being that person,” one of the studies organizers said. “That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.”

Angel Reading

Rev. Alvan Bond, D.D. Young People’s Illustrated Bible History (Norwich, CT: The Henry Bill Publishing Company, 1875) frontispiece

“[It’s like] being in a flight simulator: ‘You experience a lot of situations in a short span of time,’ [a cognitive psychologist involved in the study] said, far more so than if we went about our lives waiting for those experiences to come to us.”

You can click here for the whole article.

There you are, conclusive proof that going to the library can not only help make you a better informed and better educated person, but make you a better person period. Indirectly, at least.

And don’t worry if you’re not a reader – it turns out is doesn’t actually have to be a book. It seems that: “This phenomenon is probably form neutral — studies of people viewing dramatic television shows, or playing immersive, narrative video games, found that they had the same effect as reading literature.” And we’ve got those too.

 

Learn Your Library Resources – Business Source Premier

Looking to start a business? Invest? Just curious about that company that is new to the area? Business Source Premier is the place to go.

Business Source Primier“The industry’s most widely used business research database, this collection features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines. In addition, it includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.”

So, if you wake up tonight at 3am and discover that you have an obsessive need to find out if the Albanian market is ready for a chain of all night taquerias (SPOILER ALERT: It’s probably not), then we have you covered. All you need is a Moline Public Library Card and you can log in from anywhere at anytime.

 

Movies – They just keep making them…

Upcoming Movies Based on Books:

Berlin SyndromeBerlin Syndrome MovieBerlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

When it comes out: May 26

What the book is about: One afternoon in Berlin, Clare meets Andi and feels an instant attraction to him. When Andi invites her to stay, Clare thinks she may finally have found somewhere to call home. But as the days pass and the walls of Andi’s apartment close in, Clare begins to wonder if it’s really love that Andi is searching for or if it’s something else altogether.

Adventures of Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants MovieThe Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

When it comes out: June 2

What the book is about: Budding comic book creators and perpetual mischief-makers, George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is! This could get weird.

Author Birthdays – May!

David Hume (b. May 7, 1711, Edinburgh, UK; d. August 25, 1776, Edinburgh, UK)

Hume“What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought’.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Treatise of Human Nature

For more information on David Hume, click here.

 

Gene Wolfe (b. May 7, 1931, New York, NY)

GWolfe“You seem to think that the only genuine existence evil can have is conscious existence – that no one is evil unless he admits it to himself. I disagree.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: The Shadowthe  of the Torturer

For more information on Gene Wolfe, click here.

 

Thomas Pynchon (b. May 8, 1937, Glen Cove, NY)

Pynchon“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Gravity’s Rainbow

For more information on Thomas Pynchon, click here.

 

Peter Benchley (b. May 8, 1940, New York, NY; d. February 11, 2006, Princeton, NJ)

Benchley“Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Jaws

For more information on Peter Benchley, click here.

 

J.M. Barrie (b. May 9, 1860, Kirriemuir, UK; d. June 19, 1937, London, UK)

Barrie“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Peter Pan

For more information on J.M. Barrie, click here.

 

Richard Adams (b. May 9, 1920, Wash Common, UK; d. December 24, 2016, Oxford, UK)

RAdams“The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal; but ideas are immortal.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Watership Down

For more information on Richard Adams, click here.

 

Daphne Du Maurier (b. May 13, 1907, London, UK; d. April 19, 1989, Fowey, UK)

DuMaurier“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Rebecca

For more information on Daphne Du Maurier, click here.

 

Stephen R. Donaldson (b. May 13, 1947, Cleveland, OH)

Donaldson“I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are starting to have an awful lot in common.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Lord Foul’s Bane

For more information on Stephen R. Donaldson, click here.