All Staff Picks

Whoa, Nelly!
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Nelly Furtado has an amazing voice, as showcased by the songs on her debut album. Such titles as I'm Like a Bird and Turn Off the Light will take you back to the beginning of the new millenium.
Anne of Green Gables
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Megan Follows portrays Anne Shirley in this made-for-television movie by Sullivan Entertainment. Anne is a very intelligent, but rather unusual 12-year-old girl. She spends most of her time with no one but an imaginary friend for company until she gets adopted by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Lively and adventurous, she manages to charm everyone she meets, even those she doesn't mean to. Megan Follows delivers a terrific performance from start to finish and is considered the quintessential Anne Shirley by generations of viewers.
The Future of Us
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It’s 1996 and Emma is loading her first AOL disc into her first computer. When the modem connects though she finds herself on something called Facebook. Emma can see her future self and she doesn’t like what she sees. What happens next are Emma’s funny and often selfish attempts to get her future self the life that she wants. This book is a hilarious contemporary work with a splash of sci fi!
Stand Up
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Dave Matthews delivers another hit with his sixth studio album. With a mellow sound and heartfelt lyrics, Stand Up is a must-have for any Dave Matthews fan. Songs include: Stand Up (For It), American Baby, and Dreamgirl.
We Are In a Book
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Elephant and Piggie discover that they are in a book. They discover that whatever they say or do will be recorded on the pages, but Gerald the Elephant is afraid of what will happen when the book ends.
Anna Dressed in Blood
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Cas Lowood has an unusual job for a 16 year old. He dispatches murderous ghosts and sends them to their demise. When he heads to Thunder Bay to dispatch the particularly violent ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, a standard job turns into much more than Cas bargained for. Great for horror fans, but be warned there are gruesome and violent scenes in this book that are not for everyone.
Codes and Keys
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DeathCab for Cutie's seventh studio album introduces a nearly brand-new sound. Lyricist Ben Gibbard has moved away from the dark feel of past albums. This one contains a quieter, happier mood. DeathCab fans will love this album, as it retains the overall sound and quality that made them fans in the first place. And if you're not a DeathCab fan yet, Codes and Keys will change your mind.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
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This wonderfully read story follows Harry Potter through his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Read by Jim Dale.
Divergent
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In a futuristic Chicago, society is broken up into factions. Beatrice Prior was born in to abnegation, the selfless, but after the choosing ceremony becomes a member of dauntless, the brave. However, Beatrice has a secret - one that could be lethal if discovered. Fast paced and full of action, Divergent is a must read for Hunger Games fans!
Human Clay
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Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti wrote all the songs on this second album of the band Creed. Songs include: What If, Higher, and With Arms Wide Open.
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
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This fantastically written autobiography follows Frank William Abagnale, Jr. as he evades the police, eludes the FBI, becomes wanted in several countries, and steals billions of dollars in forged checks. Along the way, he impersonates a doctor, a lawyer, and an airline pilot - all before his 21st birthday. Frank delivers a truly magnificent piece of prose, giving the reader an introspective look at how he became the most successful con in history, as well as how he turned it all around.
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
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If you're a fan of True Crime, you might like this stark, grisly novel about the Manson Murders. Vincent Bugliosi describes the facts of the cases in intricate detail, giving the reader a full picture of the crimes.
Babymouse: Queen of the World
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Babymouse is funny, klutzy, and lovable. She's constantly daydreaming and trying to be cool. And she loves cupcakes. A great read for boys and girls of all ages.
This is a Book
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An offbeat and original collection of jokes, drawings, lists, and mini-essays by one of today’s funniest young comedians.
The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection
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This boxed set contains the best of the Marx Brothers. Duck Soup follows Rufus T. Firefly, new ruler of Freedonia. In Animal Crackers, a painting goes missing during a party for African explorer Captain Spaulding. Monkey Business finds the four brothers portraying stowaways on an ocean liner. Horse Feathers gives a shout out to college football with Groucho playing the president of Huxley College. And the Cocoanuts follows the theft and recovery of jewels at the Hotel de Cocoanut, run by Mr. Hammer. If you enjoy quick wit and irreverent humor, you'll enjoy these five laugh-out-loud hilarious films.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, this wonderful movie reminds all of us of what you can do with a little imagination. Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka, the eccentric candymaker who places 5 golden tickets into his Wonka bars so that 5 lucky children can win a tour of his factory as well as a lifetime supply of chocolate. Charlie Bucket manages to claim a ticket for himself and gets a chance to live out his dreams.
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
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From the disgusting to the destructive to the downright deadly, Wicked Bugs tells the stories behind the creepiest of the world’s creepy-crawlies. By the author of Wicked Plants.
The Prestige
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Set in late 19th century London, this suspense/thriller follows the rivalry between magicians Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. Both are talented and both are just egotistical enough to want all the glory for themselves. But when Alfred pulls off the ultimate illusion, Robert becomes obsessed with not just duplicating it, but surpassing it. Filled with twists, turns, and flashbacks, this movie will keep you guessing straight through to the shocking conclusion.

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