Top stories of 2011, No. 2: Yet another county politician involved in ethics scandal

December 30, 2011

Book discussion groups have long been a staple of the Delaware County District Library, with multiple discussion scheduled each month at Library locations. The staff at the Orange Branch Library, 7171 Gooding Blvd. is making a leap in another direction—a community film discussion!

Called the “DCDL Cinematheque,” the group will meet twice monthly to view and discuss classic and influential cinema in an informal group setting. A public screening of each film will be held in the meeting room, with a group discussion to take place two weeks following. Copies of each film will be available for checkout on a first come, first served basis.

On Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m., the group will meet to discuss “In Bruges,” a 2008 movie directed by Martin McDonagh (the film was screened on Aug. 24, but you could still check it out and watch it on your own). “The Shining,” (1980; directed by Stanley Kubrick) will be shown on Sept. 21 with the discussion on Oct. 6. On Oct. 19, you can watch “Ace in the Hole,” (1951; directed by Billy Wilder) and join in the discussion on Nov. 3. Finally, the film to be discussed on Dec. 1 is “Mulholland Drive” (2001; directed by David Lynch) that will be screened on Nov. 16. All screenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and all discussions begin at 7:30 p.m.

If you like movies, and if you like discussing them with other movie buffs, plan to join the “DCDL Cinematheque Community Film Discussion Group” at the Orange Branch in the coming months. And the popcorn is on us!

If you’re looking for a good book to read (let’s face it — watching movies and reading books aren’t mutually exclusive!), look for these titles on the New Book Shelves at all locations in September.

After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years That Followed. Published to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, this is a landmark oral history drawn from the celebrated collection of 9/11 interviews at Columbia University.

All My Patients Kick and Bite: More Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice by Jeff Wells. The veterinarian author relates stories revealing that llamas do not enjoy having their toenails trimmed, Scottish Highland cattle prefer each other to their medical caregivers, and amorous burros need to be neutered expediently.

Chango’s Beads and Two-tone Shoes by William Kennedy. His life radically changed by an encounter with Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, journalist Daniel Quinn embarks on a turbulent journey marked by such historical events as the Albany race riots, the rise of Fidel Castro, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy.

Chasing the Devil: A Journey through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene by Tim Butcher. Using the 75-year-old travel classic Journey Without Maps as a guide, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author visits Liberia and encounters masked sorcerers who get their powers from cannibalism and long-forgotten missionaries.

Coup d’Etat by Ben Coes. While Dewey Andreas fights for his life against a group of highly trained assassins, Jessica Tanzer is dispatched by the president to prevent a nuclear war between India and the factions of a radical Pakistani president.

Ghost Hero by S. J. Rozan. Investigating a rumor about new paintings by a famous contemporary Chinese artist who has been dead for twenty years, private investigator Lydia Chin and her partner, Bill Smith, discover that a new client is not who he claims to be.

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly. In a first work of history by best-selling conservative author and talk-show host, a riveting narrative describes the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Murder in the 11th House: A Starlight Detective Agency Mystery by Mitchell Scott Lewis. Astrological detective David Lowell must use his astrologer’s charts and knowledge to solve the murder of a state judge in a New York City parking garage.

Nightwoods: A Novel by Charles Frazier. Named the guardian of her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Luce struggles to build a family with the children before being targeted by the twins’ father—her sister’s killer—who believes that the children are in possession of a stolen cache of money.

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss. An investigative report on the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate offers insight into her roles as a politician, family woman, and public figure, explaining the role of Alaska culture in shaping Palin’s persona.

The Schoolmaster’s Daughter by John Smolens. Against her loyalist schoolmaster father’s wishes, Abigail performs secret courier services for a patriot spy ring in revolutionary America, a situation that erupts when Abigail is accused of murdering a British sergeant.

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at or directly to Mary Jane at . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!