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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Good Flicks You Might Have Missed…

Hi Everyone,
Here are some more interesting films from our collection. I’d welcome your feedback, particularly on Certified Copy, as it left me scratching my head...Enjoy!

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Starring Juliette Binoche, William Shimell. What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, it reminds us that love itself is an enigma. In French, English and Italian with English subtitles. 2010, not rated. Drama.

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Starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain. In 1966 three Mossad agents were assigned to track down a Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later surprising revelations come to light about their task that threaten to disrupt everyone’s lives. 2011, rated R. Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name. Drama/Thriller.

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Starring Christopher Plummer, Ewan Mcgregor, Melanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic. When graphic designer Oliver meets free-spirited Anna shortly after his father has passed away, Oliver realizes just how much of a beginner he is when it comes to long-lasting romantic love. Memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life, encourage Oliver to open himself up to the potential of a true relationship. Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for this role. 2011, rated R. Comedy/Drama.

Jill Eisner
Sr. Librarian

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Web Guides @ SBPL

The Internet is vast. That is why SBPL has created Web Guides to help navigate common searches and include local sites.

The end of summer sends many people on a search for college or employment information.  Today's blog will highlight the SBPL Web Guides on those topics.

Our College Web Guide includes links to local scholarship and financial aid sites in addition to distance learning and college fairs. You also find college rating sites and test preparation.

The Employment Web Guide  includes local job fair and employment sites.  It  has links to the job posting in New Jersey newspapers and help with resume writing.
If employment or education is not on the horizon  for you yet check out out our  Volunteer Web Guide.  Here you will find local and national links to volunteer opportunities that may be of interest during your gap year or while you are looking for valuable work experience.

Check out these and other SBPL Web Guides today!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sandwich Workshop: Roasted Onions

Sandwich Workshop, Reprised

Last week I blogged about how I had the honor and pleasure of teaching a Creative Sandwich Making Workshop at the Library, and this past week we enjoyed some of the leftovers which I want to share with you, inasmuch as that is possible in print? Okay, not exactly share, just share the recipe then.

So here goes, Roasted Onions from Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft recipe follows.

As I suggested at the workshop, these are great to have on hand to add deep flavor to a variety of dishes. Add a spoonful to any soup that you’re heating up. Spread on a wrap, add last night’s leftover grilled vegetables, and maybe a little hummus – easy, and delicious for lunch. Add some to a turkey sandwich with bacon and avocado and heat until warm – amazing.

Top a hamburger or veggie burger for an added flavor boost. Serve as an accompaniment to grilled steak, with some steak sauce and freshly ground black pepper to zjuzz it up. Heat and serve as an appetizer on crusty bruschetta with some Parmigiano Reggiano shaved on top.

Eggs are a great mix with the smoky/sweet flavor of these Roasted Onions too –

my daughter Kate made up this combination: take a toasted English muffin (Thomas’ Light with high fiber) spread with Reduced Fat Laughing Cow Cheese, top with the Onions and a fried egg, add a slice of tomato and top with the other half of the muffin. Tastes super satisfying, and is less than 400 calories. Great way to start the day.

At the workshop last Wednesday, one participant said, “You just gave me a good idea, I could use up my onions that are starting to sprout .” Absolutely! Cook them up into Roasted Onions and that will give them at least another week, covered well and stored in the fridge.

Roasted Onions adapted from the book ‘wichcraft by Tom Colicchio

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 medium yellow onions, halved and cut lengthwise into 1/8 inch slices

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 Tablespoon dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil, and onions, stirring well and continuously, adding in the oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. When the onions are well browned, turn the heat to low and cook until the onions are very soft, about 30 minutes. Use immediately or refrigerate up to a week or so. Yield: 2 cups.

So there you have it, my contribution to using up what you have, and making something in advance that will repay you in flavor rewards many times over. Thanks, Tom, and ‘wichcraft!

This book is in our Library today: our call number 641.84 COL, located in our Non-Fiction Collection in the Cookbook section. Take a look!

Diane Whitman

Reference Librarian

Leftover Lover

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Good Flicks You Might Have Missed…

Hi Everyone,

     Here are some more of my favorites from our collection. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Starring Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes. After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in 'The Scarlet Letter, '' which she is currently studying in school. Hoping to become popular, she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. 2010, PG-13. Comedy.

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Starring Felicity Huffman. Bree Osborne, a pre-operative transsexual, learns she fathered a child back when she was Stanley Osborne. The wheels of fortune take Bree and her teenaged son on a cross-country trip that will change both their lives. 2005, rated R. Drama.

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Starring Kal Penn, Jacinda Barrett, Irfan Khan, Zuleikha Robinson, Tabu, Sahira Nair.
The son of Indian immigrants born in America wants to fit in with fellow New Yorkers, but his family is unwilling to let go of their traditional ways. 2006, rated PG-13. Drama.

by Jill Eisner
Sr. Librarian
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