Iowa Senate Votes down Proposal on Libraries and R-rated movies

From Radio Iowa News:

"The Iowa Senate Wednesday voted down a proposal to require libraries which get state funds to restrict loaning R-rated movies to kids under 18-years old. Brad Zahn, a Republican from Urbandale, offered the amendment to an education appropriations bill. . . . The proposed ban was defeated by a vote of 31 to 17."

Free movies! Line forms at the library

Gas and food prices might be siphoning cash from Minnesotans' wallets, but thousands are saving on one of life's small pleasures by checking out free DVDs from the local library for their movie night.

The service is wildly popular: The suburban branches of the Hennepin County Library have 58,244 DVDs comprising 11,180 titles -- with 70 percent of discs for grownups being checked out at any given time. By comparison, the average Blockbuster store in the Twin Cities has 5,000 titles.

18 Sexy Trips to the Library Stacks

Photo Gallery from
"Okay, maybe all these library scenes aren't as ''sexy'' as the naughtiness in ''Atonement'' but it's National Library Week -- why quibble?"

and yes, they expect you to click "Next" 18 more times to see all the photos...... aaarrrgh!

He's back!

"The Librarian" will be returning to TV again sometime later this year. It will be called "Curse of the Judas Chalice," and apparently deal with a vampire and the Judas Chalice, whatever that may be.

Last 'Harry Potter' Film To Be Released in Two Segments

There are a lot of people out there who don't want the Harry Potter phenomenon to be over, and this news will surely give them some comfort.


Newsweek outs Netflix-using public library

In the March 10 issue of Newsweek -- available here -- an article cites Netflix's disapproval of the Sanbornton (NH) Public Library's use of the Netflix service to expand its offerings of DVDs. The library's original press release is available here. How Newsweek picked up on it is a bit of mystery. The Library has contacted Netflix and is waiting to see if any dialogue is possible.

Resident complains about library movie showing

Oops: A mislabeled calendar item for a recent Monday Matinee showing at the Kenton County Library prompted several residents to voice concerns last week. The movie in question was "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." Although the movie is rated PG-13, the library listed the event as appropriate for "Ages 7-12."
Instead, the movie was supposed to have been listed for "Grades 7-12."
"We certainly wouldn't allow a 10-year-old to see a PG-13 movie," said Becky Bowen, the new branch manager at the Independence library.

If you have Netflix...

Netflix has a series of movies that you can watch on your computer for no additional cost to your subscription if you are a Netflix member. There is a documentary called "Stone Reader" that is available as a movie to watch instantly at Netflix.

The "Stone Reader" documentary receives very strong reviews. People either love it or hate it. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3.5 stars out of 4 in his review of the documentary.

The New York Times has an interesting article about the documentary and the book that the documentary is focused on. You can find the NYT article here.

So if you subscribe to Netflix you can watch the movie without having to wait for it to arrive in the mail. If you don't want to watch the movie on your computer it is also available on DVD from Netflix. Blockbuster also has the movie on DVD if you subscribe to their service. And don't forget your local library they probably have it to.


Estevez Plans Movie..."The Public" About the Homeless in Libraries

News from the world of cinema about a new movie in the works from Emilio Estevez entitled "The Public"...from Reuters.

Here's the April 2007 op-ed in the LA Times (plot source for the movie), written by Chip Ward, recently retired as the Assistant Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library System, entitled "What They Didn't Teach Us in Library School."


Calling all Star Trek nerds

I'm "writing" (if you want to be generous) a strip called Black Shirts about two guys who work on a starship that looks like the USS Enterprise, but isn't. (To avoid possible legal problems; who know, IANAL.)
I'll post a few strips once a week on my blogger page, but all the strips will also be on the toondoo page:

you might notice that I use the same image for every panel: yes, I am lazy.

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