The Secret Life of Walter Mitty film starring Ben Stiller from 2013 lures me back to watch it repeatedly. Walter Mitty is a shy guy often lost in his own dream world of action, adventure and romance. The daydream sequences are captivating, and shot with a vitality that draws you in. This film is really the transformation of Walter Mitty as he steps out of his comfort zone and dream world facing his fears and realizing his fantasies. The themes of the individual fighting for decency against corporate politicians and, of course, the shy guy seeking out “the girl” have me rooting for victory over the odds. The amazing cinematography and musical score in this film keep me coming back for more. I cannot get enough of the inspiring scene of Stiller on a skateboard on a winding, hilly road in Iceland with the mountains in the background. Another vicarious thrill is the leap into a roaring helicopter and the jumping from said helicopter into a rough sea. The 2013 version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has a wonderful modern whimsical feel accompanied by a satisfying dose of triumphant reality.
The 1947 film of the same name, starring Danny Kaye, though different from the 2013 version, is wonderful in its own way. The premise is the same with a shy Walter Mitty dreaming of accomplishing great feats. However, this time Walter is living with his controlling mother and already engaged to an equally domineering fiancée who obviously does not fully appreciate the gem he is. Featured in all the daydream sequences is the singing and dancing of the fabulous Danny Kaye. If you love Danny Kaye these scenes will delight you, and if not, you will need some patience. But it is worth sticking with the film as the storyline develops and you see the original Walter Mitty saving his work life and rescuing the beautiful damsel in distress, proving his intelligence and loyalty. A mystery film with interesting action and intrigue emerges with a twist as only the older films can accomplish.
Whether you choose the newer or the older version (or both!), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty entertains and delights.
Griffin, Travis and Justin McElroy of My Brother, My Brother, And Me, a popular podcast currently in its eighth year of production, are joined by their father Clint as they sit down to play (or try to figure out how to play) popular tabletop role playing game Dungeons and Dragons. What results is an adventure full of danger, excitement, and endless familial ribbing.
Griffin, the youngest McElroy brother and 2017 Forbes' 30 Under 30 selection in the Media category, leads the storytelling and puts his family through their paces as the party's Dungeon Master, while Travis, Justin and their father Clint take on the roles of the three adventurers around whom this story centers. Travis, “the middlest brother”, plays Magnus, a human fighter with a big axe and a bigger heart. Justin, the oldest McElroy brother, brings to life a sarcastic wizard, an elf whose quips are as sharp as his ears, and who goes by the name of Taako. To round out the party, McElroy dad Clint takes on the role of Merle, a dwarf cleric with questionable healing powers and a desperate need for truth. Together, they form a party of almost-competent adventurers navigating the intricate world, difficult challenges, and shocking plot twists that Griffin throws their way.
Be warned: this podcast is found under the explicit tag on iTunes, as our brave adventurers are wont to frequently use some creative vocabulary, and it's full of the quips, embarrassing stories and exasperation that comes from gathering the family around a table and attempting to play a cooperative game. No prior experience or understanding of Dungeons and Dragons or other related games is necessary to enjoy this journey, but by the end you may find yourself purchasing your own set of dice and starting a campaign of your own!
An exciting, hilarious and surprisingly emotional story-telling experience, The Adventure Zone is a warm, inspiring, and captivating adventure that is entirely a critical success.
Want to learn more? Click here to see borrow library materials about Dungeons and Dragons!
- Cassidy, Information Services
The Library Made Me Do It
Knit n' Lit
One of the most fun and popular programs that I run here at the library is called Knit n’ Lit. It is a social and educational knitting group for people in (but not limited to) their 20s and 30s. It began in September 2015, and is now offered at three library locations: Central, Country Hills, and Grand River Stanley Park. We have a stellar group of fifteen to twenty-five knitters that come every month and make beautiful, inspiring work. They inspire me to make things. I haven’t knitted much in the past year, and I was challenged by a Knit n’ Litter to make my first pair of socks. I leveled up and did my first colour work in the socks as well. I found a really cute, easy pattern on Ravelry (you can find our knit n’ lit group at https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-n-lit) and gave it my all. I made a few mistakes on the heel, and there is a hole on either side of the short rows, but other than that I am super happy with the result. Mind you, I have only finished the first sock, so here’s to finishing the pair!
Here is an example of a fun project that one of our volunteers created for us in March. It is a pattern using our colourful Kitchener Public Library logo. This is going to make an amazing shawl! That is on my knit list after my second sock.
Join us May 1 @ 6:30 pm to find your own knitting inspiration.
- Aimee, Information Services
In the Community
The Eco Market
Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? Check out The Eco Market at the Waterloo Region Museum. This event is free to attend on April 21 and will have a variety of speakers, activities, and vendors. The Eco Market focuses on sustainability and green living choices for both individuals and businesses. It also has a strong focus on community and communication of ideas. It's an event that promises to be fun, engaging, and educational.
There will be a number of vendors for food, self care, and household items. Throughout the day you can hear insights from speakers on a wide variety of topics, including beekeeping, composting, and the KW Library of Things. There will also be some activities for attendees to enjoy such as a DIY Beeswax Wrap station where you can learn to make your own reusable beeswax food wraps. There will also be a drop in gear repair station that can help you fix things like clothing and bicycles.
Do you love a good mystery? Are you bit of a detective? A history fan? Always wondered about family lore? And, truth be told, are you a bit of a geek, interested in personal and family time travel? Well, then join us at the KPL Genealogy Fair, being held on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at Central Library, from 9am to 3pm! It’s free and no registration is required. There’s lots on offer - vendors and exhibitors, who, to borrow a phrase, ‘know where the bodies are buried’. Mag Gaulden kicks off the morning at 9:30am in the Theatre, talking about the power of genetic genealogy to connect us all. We’ll have talks on British Home Children, land records, beginner genealogy, DNA basics, family history publishing, unlocking the secrets in Ontario Genealogical Society databases, researching 20th century Canadian ancestors, and how funeral home research uncovered family history details. There’s even Family Album Scrapbooking in the GSR for kids at noon! All of the details are here. We hope to see you there! Oh, and did I mention that we have fantastic door prizes courtesy of AncestryDNA, FindMyPast and MyHeritageDNA? Join us at the fair for your chance to win!
- Karen, Local History Librarian
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