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January 2017 Displays

Happy New Year! For the month of January, we've got loads of great books and movies on display, so you can get your 2017 reading/watching off to a good start.  

Click on a PDF links below for the entire list of resources featured in this month's displays!

Main Display

Presidential Favorites  

“I cannot live without books.”  Thomas Jefferson said these immortal words to John Adams in 1815.  Jefferson was an avid reader and even sold his library to help replace the Library of Congress that burned in 1812.  So what other types of books did the presidents read?  Based in part on this article, we’ve compiled a list of what the presidents of the United States read—or at least, what most of them read.  Apparently not all of them were big readers. . . 

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Mini Displays

- Round the World in 30 Days -

Travel around the world and experience new cultures without getting off the couch. This wide array of books and films will have you laughing, crying, and buying plane tickets to foreign countries.




- Seven Deadly Sins -

The Seven Deadly Sins- Pride, Wrath, Envy, Greed, Lust, Gluttony, and Slothfulness- first coined by fourth-century Greek monk Evagrius Ponticus, have been the inspiration for many movies, plays, novels, and discourses. Found here is a sampling of these. Some have a Deadly Sin in the title, while others have themes that exemplify the Sins. Enjoy these books as you ponder on human nature.



DVD Displays

- Spike Lee - 

Spike Lee is an award winning director, screenwriter, producer of films and documentaries.  As an African-American, Lee explores the Black American experience.   His films confront stereotypes and his characters are richly written and memorable—often raising more questions than the film answers.  Lee’s breakthrough movie Do the Right Thing is set on the hottest day of the year in a New York neighborhood; racial tensions rise and ultimately lead to violence.  It is a controversial—and beloved—movie.  Check out this and other works by Spike Lee.  

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- Musicals -

It's January, and it's dark and cold and snowy here in Denver.  But don't worry about it.  This list aims to please a variety of musical tastes.  We've got everything from hip-hop to Disney to disco. Check out one of these hot numbers and you're guaranteed to start toe-tapping and humming along.

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- Francophone Africa - 

The French colonization of Northern and Central Africa started in the 1830s and lasted until the 1970s in some places.  As a result, the French language became entrenched in many African countries, alongside their own native language.   This colonialism and the period thereafter shaped African cinema in many ways.  Directors like the Senegalese-born Ousmane Sembène (one of African cinema’s revered forefathers) focused on the social upheaval facing many African countries.  Other directors like Algerian Merzak Allouache look at the conflict between the old and the new, the modern and the traditional.  Check out the variety of films on this list, and enjoy! 

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