Summer Reading Blastoff!
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday, June 21, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Come kick off this summer’s Universe of Stories summer reading program with a party!
Make slime in Jill’s galactic slime lab. Maegan will have sensory bottles for babies. PIzza will be served around noon.
Monthly Monday Matinee
The Monthly Monday Matinee on June 24 has been canceled until our projection equipment is repaired.. We will let you know if and when we reschedule this event.
Writers at Merrill
Tuesday, June 25, 2019. 6:00 p.m.
Why does a band’s second album rarely live up to the promise of its debut? Was the music of the ’60s really better than today’s music? How does one person compile a list of 1,000 favorite albums? Discuss these questions and more with Bryan O’Connor, author of For the Record: My 1,000 Favorite Albums, 1957-2017 at the Merrill Memorial Library on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:00.
Merrill Film Society
Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited. The films are free and popcorn is served! Showtime is 7 pm.
Films in June are canceled while our projection equipment is in repair. We will let you know if and when we reschedule this event.
In June we look back 80 and 20 years at 1939 and 1999, the two years that many people consider to be the greatest years for film.
There are eighteen films from 1939 on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry of historically, culturally, or aesthetically significant films, and Destry Rides Again is one of them. Jimmy Stewart’s first western (and only western until the 1950s) and the first film of the second upswing of Marlene Dietrich’s career, it is about a pacifist sheriff’s attempt to clean up a corrupt town run by the saloon owner boss. June 12, 7 pm.
The one film from 1999 that has held up best over the years is possibly Boys Don’t Cry. It is based on the true story of a young trans man in Nebraska whose secret is revealed after a night in jail; his life ends tragically after that. Hilary Swank won awards everywhere for her performance as the lead character, including the first of her Best Actress Oscars, beating Annette Bening for American Beauty and proving that a young actress not well known at the time can win in an indie pic. Chloe Sevigny as Swank’s love interest and Peter Sarsgaard as the killer also earned critical praise. June 26, 7 pm.
Thursday, June 27, 2019. 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a discussion of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
This event is free and open to the public.
- Non-fiction (including special sections on Gardening, Interior Design, Home, Cooking, Travel, and recently purchased titles)
- Fiction (including new best-sellers)
- Audio Books on CD (fiction and non-fiction)
- Movies and Television on DVD
- Large-Print Books
- Periodicals (over 70 titles ranging from news commentary to popular interest)
- Newspapers (Portland Press Herald, Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
What will you read next?
If you’ve discovered a book that you like and are looking for something similar, try the following web sites for ideas:
- whatshouldireadnext.com This site lists other titles by the same author as well as books that you may like within the same genre.
- gnooks.com This site offers an interesting “Map of Literature” as well as suggestions of similar authors.
- GoodReads This site offers users a bookshelf to organize books they are currently reading as well as books to be read.
- NextReads This site offers users the chance to sign up for a weekly newsletter of reading suggestions.