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New and Featured DVDs for 10/24/13:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new DVDs and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Witches

Teeth

Pet Semetary

Letters From Iwo Jima

A film by Frank Capra.

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Octopussy

The Bad Sleep Well

Shallow Hal

Down With Love

Red Corner

By the author of The Firm and The Client.

A Time To Kill

The Toy

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

American Graffiti

United 93

An adaptation of the book by E. M. Forster.

Howard’s End

Last Dance

Elevator To The Gallows

The Holiday

Freaky Friday

Ghost In The Shell

Inconceivable!

The Princess Bride

The Hunt For Red October

Secondhand Lions

Jump

Miss Congeniality

The Lake House

Secret Honor

3:10 To Yuma (both the original and the remake)

Stuck in the middle with you.

Reservoir Dogs

Magnificent Obsession

K-19: The Widowmaker

NON-FICTION:

Ben Franklin Tech

Explorers: From The Titanic To The Moon

The Carol Burnett Show!

The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump Up The Lights!

The Carol Burnette Show: Show Stoppers!

Peter & Paul And The Christian Revolution

Essential Dinosaur Pack

Oswald’s Ghost

Uslysses S. Grant: Warrior, President

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Please note that DVDs could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured DVDs:

10/05/12.

06/28/12.

06/07/12.

03/15/12.

Previous New/Featured books:

10/23/13.

10/21/13.

10/18/13.

09/25/13.

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Leap Year!

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Today is the 29th of February!

It’s an extra day! You have an extra day! Go crazy! With your extra day! That doesn’t happy very often (“every four years” really isn’t what I’d call “very often”). An extra day! Unless, you know, you have to work or go to school or something.

A patron asked us the other day just what exactly is up with Leap Years and Leap Days, and there’s a lot of really complicated explanations out there that can only confuse a person more than anything else.

For example, this is the opening of the Wikipedia article on Leap Day:

February 29, known as a leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of that year.

That makes sense, right? Besides being a little complicated and kind of confusing, right?

Well, the same Wikipedia article also has a fairly easy explanation for Leap Days, which I’ll break down like this: Each day has 24 hours in it, right? A year is the Earth’s annual trip around the sun, right? And each year, as defined by modern calendars, consists of 365 days, right? Well, yes, and also… No.

The annual revolution of our planet around the sun actually takes 365 days and 6 hours to complete. So every four years we take those accumulated extra hours (6 of them with each year), and we add that to the calendar as – ta da! – February 29. It’s something we do just to make sure that the calendar stays fairly accurate to the planet’s journey around the sun.

Also, there’s this:

Also, there’s the whole Julius Caesar angle.

But basically, like I said, it’s kind of an extra day, and one you want to enjoy.

from here.

Just out of curiosity: Any of our patrons or readers out there who were born on Feb. 29? If so, then HAPPY BIRTHDAY! But also, if you don’t mind us asking, how, and also when, do you celebrate your birthday?

And we hope that everyone has a great Leap Day!