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A boy, a tiger, and a boat

life of pi - lifeofpi

A boy, a bengal, and a boat

It sounds like a joke, right? But we’re serious – this month’s First Friday Film (tomorrow night, April 5, at 6PM) stars the film based on the book Life of Pi.

The film recently won four Academy Awards from eleven nominations, including Best Director. The book won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the 2003 Boeke Prize (a South African novel award), and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001–2003. And did we mention that the book has sold over 10 million copies worldwide? Not bad for a book that got rejected by five publishing houses!

So what’s all the hubbub about? Here’s the gist:

“After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.”

Los Angeles Times Book Review called it “A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction.”

Get your library copy in these formats:

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.

Netflix, the library, or both?

How to handle a disc - very carefully!

To DVD or not to DVD? That is the question . . .

In the news: many former Netflix customers are returning, despite Netflix’s decision to split their DVD and online streaming services last September which resulted in their loss of 800,000 customers.

What I find fascinating is the number of people I know who are Netflix subscribers, but who don’t make use of their library for their video needs. “Videos at the library?” you say? Yes, videos at the library.

Do you want TV series on DVD? Ask a librarian – we have most of the popular series available for you to borrow (yes, even for you BBC fans who like Doc Martin, Downton Abbey, and Doctor Who).

Do you want blockbuster movies on DVD? We have those, too. We purchase the latest releases every month.

Do you want funky independent or foreign films? Documentaries? Yup, we have those, too. And you’ll have a greater chance of seeing them through the library than Netflix since we have a much smaller customer base.

Do you prefer videos you can watch on your computer? Yes, we can do that, too. Comedies, dramas, mysteries, health and fitness, travel, and more are available for free download.

All of this is available with your library card. No monthly subscription fees. And if there is a title you don’t see, just ask us and we will do our best to get it.

Want to know more? Contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744 or reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org.