Lights, Camera, Action!

Whether I was watching The Wizard of Oz or Saturday morning cartoons as a child, or marveling at films like Interstellar and TV mysteries like LOST more recently, I’ve always been a fan of the film and TV arts.  In conjunction with my obvious love of printed literature (hence my Librarian job title), I also enjoy stories on the screen, both big and small.  I think this “movie bug” even runs in my family, too, as one of my younger brothers is currently interning at a production company in Hollywood, CA!  With the Academy Awards (the biggest night of the year for movie buffs) a scant two weeks away, it seems like a good time for some recommendations of titles that can inspire those who share similar passions in the realm of film, television, and acting…


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Academy Awards: Complete Unofficial History by Gail Kinn. 9781579129866. 2014. Grade 9-Adult.

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Steven Jay Schneider. 9780764167904. 2015. Grade 10-Adult.

New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 6th Ed. by David Thomson. 9780375711848. 2014. Grade 11-Adult.

American Life and Movies from The Ten Commandments to Twilight by Daniel Benjamin. 9781608709212. 2014. Grade 7-12.

Asking Questions About How Hollywood Movies Get Made by Jan Fields. 9781633624887. 2016. Grade 5-8.

Urban Entrepreneur: Film by Jenny Skogen. 9781615708864. 2015. Grade 6-12.

STEM Jobs in Movies by Carla Mooney. 9781627177016. 2015. Grade 4-8.

Quick Guide to Film Directing by Ray Morton. 9780879108069. 2014.

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts by Troy Lanier. 9781615932016. 2014. Grade 7-12.



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American Life and Television From I Love Lucy to Mad Men by Mark Mussari. 9781608709236. 2014. Grade 7-12.

Asking Questions About What’s On Television by Jamie Weil. 9781633624931. 2016. Grade 5-8.

Quick Guide To Screenwriting by Ray Morton. 9780879108045. 2013.

Television Production Handbook by Herbert Zettl. 9781285052670. 2014. Adult.

Television: From Concept to Consumer by Steven Otfinoski. 9780531206126. 2015. Grade 5-8.



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Acting by Jenny Fretlan Vanvoorst. 9781620312803. 2016. Grade K-3.

Acting Skills by Stephanie Turnbull. 9781599207971. 2013. Grade 3-6.

Acting: Stage & Screen by Z B Hill. 9781422231685. 2015. Grade 5-8.

Acting: Onstage and Off by Robert Barton. 9781305077447. 2015.

Why Acting Matters by David Thomson. 9780300195743. 2016. Grade 11-Adult.


Finally, in keeping with the old showbiz expression “Always leave them wanting more”, here are some book titles we have that will be adapted for the big screen in the weeks and months to come.  It might be a good idea to keep a few copies handy…


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. 9781101996515. 2013. Grade 9-12. (Film: 1/22/16)

The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J Tougias. 9781250044235. 2015. Grade 6-8. (Film: 1/29/16)

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. 9781455588985. 2015. Grade 11-Adult. (Film: 2/5/16)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen. 9781594748899. 2015. Grade 11-Adult. (Film: 2/5/16)

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap. 9780547527260. 2015. Grade 10-Adult. (Film: 2/19/16)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. 9780062420084. 2016. Grade 9-12. (Film: 3/18/16)

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. 9780141394626. 2015. Grade 5-8. (Film: 4/15/16)

Angry Birds Movie: The Junior Novel by Chris Cerasi. 9780062453365. 2016. Grade 4-6. (Film: 5/20/16)

Alice Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. 9780957148390. 2015. Grade K-Adult. (Film: 5/27/16)

BFG by Roald Dahl. 9780142410387. 2007. Grade 3-6. (Film: 7/1/16)


Zachv1  Zach K.