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Happy 6oth anniversary ... to us! In celebration of our six decades of serving the community, we've asked our staff to pick their favorite books and movies from all the way back to 1962.

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A Clockwork Orange (1986)

by Anthony Burgess

Set in the near future, this classic dystopian novel is the first-person account of Alex, his violent exploits, and his experiences with state authorities intent on reforming him. Ultra violent and controversial, it was adapted for the screen by Stanley Kubrick in 1971 and is considered among the best examples of dystopian fiction of the 20th century. — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director


Silent Spring (2002)

by Rachel Carson

This foundational work of environmental science discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides, specifically DDT, and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans. The deeply impactful style of Carson's science writing was so resonant with readers that the chemical industry accused her of writing fiction! — Magan Szwarek, Reference Services Director


Novels and Stories : The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Other Stories and Sketches (2010)

by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson's final work, widely considered her masterpiece, follows the Blackwood family in light of tragedy.  It expertly explores themes of family loyalty and otherness, all while being deeply unsettling. — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

An eerie tale narrated by a troubling, and unreliable, young woman named Merricat who lives with her agoraphobic older sister and ailing uncle in a decrepit mansion. They are the only remaining members of the Blackwood family, the rest of whom were poisoned years before. The person responsible for the poisoning is a mystery ... or is it? — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager


Dr. No (2000)

by United Artists Corporation

The first movie in the James Bond 007 franchise.  Shaken, not stirred. — Tom Holmberg, Reference Librarian

This is the first of 25 James Bond movies and stars Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. It was the beginning of action movie viewers' love affair with all things James Bond including spy gadgets, fancy cars, tuxedoes and Bond girls. — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


The Longest Day (2001)

by Darryl F. Zanuck Productions

This is a highly rated, Oscar-winning film with an all star cast!  Filmed in 1962, it depicts the events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied & German points of view. A must see! — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant


How the West Was Won (2008)

by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Another award-winning film from 1962 with an all-star cast! This American epic Western movie depicts the Prescott family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the 19th century, including the Gold Rush, the Civil War and the building of the railroads. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant


Hatari! (2005)

by Paramount Pictures Corporation

Hatari is a 1962 American adventure romantic comedy film starring John Wayne as the leader of a group of professional game catchers in Africa.  They sell the animals to zoos but then ... the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways. A fun, action packed, enjoyable film. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant


To Kill a Mockingbird (2005)

by Universal Pictures

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. It won three Academy Awards. Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer in Depression-era Alabama, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


The Music Man (2010)

by Warner Bros. Pictures

The big con! Can anyone believe anything? Traveling con artist Harold Hill targets the naïve residents of a small town in 1910s Iowa by posing as a boys' band leader to raise money before he can skip town. But the tables turned on him! — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1997)

by Ken Kesey

A tyrannical nurse and a rebellious patient engage in a battle of wills in a psychiatric hospital in Ken Kesey's classic, available as a print book and an audiobook narrated by Tom Parker. The story is so good, in fact, that the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson swept the Oscars, one of only three films to ever win the top five prizes. Read it, listen to it or watch it. It's worth it. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (2006)

by Warner Home Video

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford play sisters who take sibling rivalry to extremes in the campy cult classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" As the alcoholic Jane (Davis) slowly loses her mind, she tightens her grip on Blanche (Crawford), who is confined to a wheelchair. Davis and Crawford despised each other in real life, making Jane and Blanche's bad blood all the more believable. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant


The Snowy Day (1962)

by Ezra Jack Keats

A classic picture book that is still read and enjoyed by many every winter. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian