Thursday, August 23, 2012
Big Screen Tuesday returns next week to the Victoria Avenue Library on Tuesday August 28th at 7pm. Our film will be 2012 British comedy/drama “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” directed by John Madden and based on the 2004 novel “These foolish things” by Deborah Moggach. Most of the filming actually took place in the Indian state of Rajasthan, including the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur and tells the story of a group of seven British retirees who end up coincidentally coming together as the first guests of the newly restored Marigold Hotel. In fact they arrive with visions of a life of exotic leisure in less expensive India, to find instead a dilapidated palace. To different degrees they are overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment but they are all transformed ultimately by their shared experiences. The film features an outstanding “senior” cast with Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton and the young and eager Dev Patel (of Slum Dog Millionaire and HBO’s Newsroom). The rating is PG.
The last of the summer series of films at the Chippawa Branch library is also scheduled for Tuesday August 28th at 6pm. “A sound of thunder” which is rated PG adventure suspense, tells the story of a game hunter who goes on a time travelling safari in the year 2055 back to prehistoric time , hunting dinosaurs. When he unwittingly steps off the path and kills a butterfly – a chain reaction is set off that could ultimately erase humanity from existence. This 2005 film is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury and it’s one of the most popular and republished science fiction stories of all time. It stars Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack and Ben Kingsley.
Sadly I am sharing the news that our Systems Administrator, Jan Leak has passed away unexpectedly. Jan had been with us here in Niagara Falls since 1996 and was the architect of our library automation project, and the development of our online services and website, which has been used by millions of people world wide. The Niagara Falls Public Library received the OLITA Award for Technological Innovation in 2009 for their “Online Payment System for Library Borrowers”, which was developed in house by Jan and her staff. She also coordinated joint projects between the Library and the City Recreation Department (Virtual Sports Wall of Fame), and the Niagara Falls History Museum (collection database and Niagara Falls Heritage Portal). Previously, she worked with the Clarington Public Library in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Staff will miss her very much as a mentor, colleague and friend. A memorial is being held for her on August 31st at 6pm in the LaMarsh Room at the Victoria Avenue Library for staff and acquaintances.
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