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Posted by annetteb on 06/30/17
Do you enjoy indie, foreign, or classic films that other streaming services do not seem to have? If so, kanopy is a streaming service worth exploring!
 
With kanopy, you'll have access to a broad range of entertaining as well as educational films, including the phenomenal Criterion/Jannus collection, Music Box Films, PBS, and The Great Courses. You can stream videos via your PC or device web browser. A Roku app is also, available so you can also "cast" from your device to Apple TV & Chromecast. kanopy has also released iOS and Andriod apps
 
For more information, visit the kanopy website or visit the Tech Help Desk. 
Posted by annetteb on 06/30/17
Are you traveling somewhere exciting this summer or enjoying a relaxing "staycation"? No matter what you have planned, you can document your summer adventures with the Canon EOS-Rebel T5i DSLR Camera for external use. 
 
The DSLR camera gives users exceptional image quality and a variety of automatic functions that optimize settings for given subject type, lighting conditions and desired effects. This is a highly user-friendly camera that comes with the following: Canon Zoom Lens, 3 lens caps, strap, SanDisk 32GB SD card, SD card reader, USB cable, 2 batteries, charger, charger cable, user manual, and Pelican case.
 
For more information, visit the Tech Help Desk. 
 
 
Posted by annetteb on 06/30/17
Are you looking to shoot some great footage this summer? If so, consider checking out the Glide Gear Gemini Camera Slider. 
 
With the Glide Gear Gemini Camera Slider, you can capture slides up to 38" with a slider that's only 23.6" in length by pulling the rails of the slider along with the camera carriage as it moves. Additional features include a built-in handle easier angle adjustment and leveling when using a ball head, a built-in spirit level, and a tension-adjustment knob with locking feature.
 
You can see the slider in use here
 
For more information, stop by the Tech Help Desk. 
Posted by jonf on 06/22/17
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Nick Mason is back with a real mission impossible, locate three men in WITSEC, the program for high value informants that has never been compromised. Nick is ordered to find them to help free his boss Darius Cole, if not Cole's former assassin will be sent to kill Nick.
 
This thriller starts in Chicago and leads Nick to New York and and other locales. This is the second in the Nick Mason series and picks up where The Second Life of Nick Mason left off, so best to read that first.
 
Steve Hamilton has created a fast paced series with a great lead character. This book is filled with really bad, bad guys and the risk Nick causes to his family. Looking forward to more Nick Mason books.
Posted by Uncle Will on 06/14/17
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What can you do in 39 minutes? Drive to downtown Chicago from Arlington Heights at 4 am? Paint a small closet? Plant 4 huckleberry bushes? How about watching this 2001 Academy Award winning "Best Short Film, Live Action" The Accountant?
 
Not to be confused with Ben Affleck's new thriller by the same name, this short film was written and produced by actors Ray McKinnon, Walter Groggins, and Lisa Blount. Groggins is best know for his 7 seasons starring in The Shield and in Justified, where he played Boyd Crowder for 74 episodes. Blount was the "pregnant" best friend of Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman.
 
This DVD's been in our collection since 2009. I can't remember, but I might've been the one that originally requested we purchase it. The film is funny, clever and thought provoking. It has a great tagline: "Can one man, one hard drinking, chain smoking, backwoods accountant, stop a national conspiracy, change the course of history, and save a way of life? It's do-able...but it ain't gonna be purdy." It is well worth the 39 minute investment. You can even watch it while the closet paint dries...
Posted by Lucy S on 06/12/17
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Four thousand miles is a long way to travel, especially on foot. Traveling by car isolates and insulates you from everyone and everything you pass; so Andrew Forsthoefel walks. Newly graduated from college at age 23, Andrew had something to prove, to find and to learn as he made his way across America from Pennsylvania to San Francisco by way of Texas. His parents’ divorce when he was a teenager was a pivotal time in his life, a shadow, a reckoning he needed to address.

While on the road he is frequently surprised by the kindnesses of strangers. Many took him into their home, fed him a meal, or allowed him to camp on their property. By keeping his eyes open he kept his mind open, meeting people from different cultures, religions, and backgrounds; he listened. And when he was alone, he had the writings of Rilke and Whitman for company.

Hurt walking, urge walking, dream walking, fury walking, scream walking, dance walking, weep walking, why walking, beauty walking – Andrew experienced all of these.

His writing got better as the book goes on. He becomes more confident, more introspective, asking different questions of himself and others he meets trying to understand the world around him. Walking to Listen may appeal to those who also read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, and Tracks by Robyn Davidson.
Posted by SherriT on 06/07/17
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Jenni L. Walsh’s book, Becoming Bonnie, is a fast-paced, exciting, and touching story of Bonnie before Clyde, showing the reader who she was as a girl and explaining how she transformed into the infamous gun-slinging, bank-robbing woman we all know. The story takes us back to the mid-to-late 1920s to a dusty town on the outskirts of Dallas where people worked hard but did not always have much, prohibition was in full force and the worst, longest and deepest economic depression was just about to hit.  A fun look at the Roaring Twenties complete with speakeasies, market crashes, and dance marathons. This story is filled with unusual characters from Bonnie's wild friend Blanche, to Roy (a man who goes through his own surprising transformation), to even Big Bertha, the car that totes them from one adventure to the next.

Even though I knew the story of Bonnie & Clyde, I loved hearing it told in the fantastic new voice that Jenni Walsh brings to the table. A charismatic, fun and engaging debut. I am already desperate for the sequel, which unfortunately does not come out until 2018!
Posted by Uncle Will on 06/04/17
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A great thing about high-definition (HD) is the ability to re-enhance older black & white films. The latest product is one of my all-time favorite films: The Devil's Disciple (1955). It stars 3 Academy Award Best Actors: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and Sir Laurence Olivier.
 
The story takes place sometime during the middle of the American Revolutionary War. It's historic fiction. Lancaster plays the Rev. Anthony Anderson, a peace-loving pastor of a small village. His wife is young and very naive. She's played by British actress, Janette Scott, who was only 17 at the time. The heroic and well-preserved Lancaster was 42.
 
More heroic was Douglas' character, Richard Dudgeon, whose father is hung by the British troops for suspicion of treason against the Crown, at the beginning of the film. Douglas is perfect for the role of the sharp-tongued, rake and ramblin' guy.
 
Olivier plays "Gentleman Johnny" (true historic figure Gen. John Burgoyne). Through a couple Hitchcockian plot twists and mistaken identities, Olivier is placed in the position to hang one of his co-stars....for King and Country!.
This historic romance is based on the 1901 play written by George Bernard Shaw. Each chapter of the film begins with a narration and Claymation war figurines, which are a cute touch for back in the '50's. This film only runs 83 minutes. My favorite scene is when the "trees fall." Enjoy!
Posted by annetteb on 06/03/17
Are you a fan of British television shows? If so, Acorn TV is perfect for you! 
 
Acorn TV is an app available on our circulating Rokus. According to the Acorn TV website, "Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond." With Acorn TV, you can enjoy hours of commercial-free viewing. 

Both the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick media players are now available at the Tech Help Desk. With the Roku, you can now stream thousands of movies and TV shows on your HDTV via your home high-speed wifi. Either of these devices will give you a terrific streaming experience.

Learn more about the Roku here.

Posted by annetteb on 06/03/17
Are you looking to create a great new video with exciting special effects this summer? Consider using our portable green screen to incorporate exciting backdrops into your newest project. The green screen may be checked out for a one-week period. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the Tech Learning Center.
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04/27/2011
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