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We have Business & Economics subjects covered very nicely. Our patrons contact us with questions like   - What was the exchange rate between US Dollar and British Pound in 1886? – I am looking for statistics on dry milk imports to Jamaica from the US in 1990s; - What’s the comparison for the US Gross Domestic Product in 1870 and 2012?


Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which gives a behind the scenes look at the 2012 presidential campaign, debuts in the top spot of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List this week. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is atop the Hardcover Fiction list for the third straight week.  

We are excited to announce the start of our World Cinema Series on Saturday December 7, 2013 with the screening of a popular and colorful Indian film from 2001. The film, which is in Hindi, Punjabi and English with subtitles in English, is a comedy/drama which deals with a family’s preparations for a wedding in Delhi. The film, directed by Mira Nair, won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.  

For people who need to have a basic knowledge of a foreign language:   

Mango Languages

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I know exactly where I was the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963.  I imagine most Americans 55 or older today remember where they were that day.  At 12.30 p.m. Central Standard Time, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated, shot fatally by a sniper.  At this moment, it is said, our nation lost its collective innocence, our world view changed.

Some of my favorite requests come from a bound periodical called Paradise Of the Pacific: Hawaii’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine. The library has bound issues from (1933:04-1966:06.) This little gem is filled with poetry, articles on Hawaiian customs, bits of history, agriculture and geographical information throughout the pacific region. Every time I fill a request from this magazine I feel like I have gone on a pacific journey.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.