At the Library: Even more interesting documentary choices

At the Library: Even more interesting documentary choices



Following my previous column on interesting documentaries, here are some more gems that have recently been added to the library collection.

If you are in the mood for music, dance or fashion, “The Paris Opera” is a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Palais Garnier, where drama and passion unfold every day before the curtain is raised, while “Rebels on Pointe” celebrates the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the notorious all-male, drag ballet company. “Extraordinary Ordinary People” is a music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America, and “Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer” is the rags-to-riches story of the creative director of “Moschino.”

If you are feeling sporty, you might enjoy “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which is a thrilling, up-close portrait of Hamilton’s remarkable journey, from his rebellious childhood in Hawaii, to his relentless pursuit of ever-bigger waves. In “Boston: The Documentary” Matt Damon narrates the story of the Boston Marathon, and in “Swim Team” the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands and form a competitive swim team.

If you are feeling literary, then there’s “The Pulitzer at 100,” which celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers, with riveting tales of the winning artists, while “Monkey Business: The Story of Curious George’s Creators,” is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, the authors of the beloved Curious George children's books.

If you are relaxing with a glass of wine, perhaps try “Sour Grapes,” where an unassuming young man floods the American wine market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling the wine world. Or de-stress to “Walk With Me,” which takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Ireland’s Wild Coast” is a journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special, or you could cross continents and enjoy “Naledi,” the true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana, and “Jane,” the documentary about Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees.

History buffs might like “Naples 44,” which documents the ravaged Italian city during World War II, while news addicts might enjoy “I Voted?” which examines election integrity, or “The Force,” which follows the Oakland Police Department.

These DVDs are owned by Westerly Library and are free to borrow with a Rhode Island library card.

Top-requested books■1. “The Perfect Couple” Elin Hilderbrand■2. “The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton & James Patterson■3. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin■4. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah■5. “The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware■6. “The Summer Wives” by Beatriz Williams■7. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover■8. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn■9. “Cottage by the Sea” by Debbie Macomber■10. “Dark Sacred Night” by Michael Connelly

Top-requested movies■1. “A Quiet Place”■2. “Book Club”■3. “The Leisure Seeker”■4. “Ready Player One”■5. “Chappaquiddick”■6. “Rampage”■7. “Tully”■8. “Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War”■9. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”■10. “Life of the Party”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 9:30-10:30 a.m., Book Club: The First Rule of Punk (ages 8-12) – Preregistration is required for participation in this club; 10-11 a.m., Toddler Music (Ages Birth-5) – An interactive music program for parents and kids; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Summer Lunches – There will be free meals for any child under the age of 18; 1-6 p.m., Drop In and Create: Riot Grrrl & Teen Zine Scene – Teens, drop by and learn about Craftivism/Creative Resistance through creating Zines; 6-7:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.■TUESDAY –– 10-11 a.m., Joe Theroux: Interactive Storytelling @ Craig Field – For ages 4-12, a high-energy set of musical folktales; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Animation Nation Club (Ages 8-12) – Preregistration is required; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Summer Lunches – Free meal for any child under 18; 5:30-7:30, Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Work on your mindfulness in the 3rd floor Terrace room; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – Bring your current project and join us for a casual and crafty get-together in the Makerspace.■WEDNESDAY –– 9:15-10 a.m., Storytime at the Watch Hill Library – For parents and children ages 3+; 10-11 a.m., G. Cole Theatre Company: Playwriting & Improv Workshop – For ages 7-12. Online preregistration required; 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons – A Teen-led program! No experience with the game necessary; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Summer Lunches – Free meal for any child under 18; 2-3 p.m., Teen SRP: Songwriters Series pt 3 – Try your hand at songwriting in the third part of this series, where we’ll learn how to use Garageband to tweak your sound; 6-7:30 p.m., Westerly Band Evening Concert – Don’t miss the beautiful music in the park!■THURSDAY –– 10-11 a.m., Bwana Iguana: Live Animal Experience @ Cimalore Field – Meet a learn about a variety of reptiles; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Storytime at Mel’s Downtown Creamery – Enjoy a cool storytime and an icy treat; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Summer Lunches – Free meal for any child under 18; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Teen Open Mic – Perform your original poetry or songs!■FRIDAY –– 10-11 a.m., What Lives in Your Backyard? (Ages 6-12) – Learn about native wildlife in this family friendly program; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Magic the Gathering (new group) – This is a teen-led program for those who enjoy playing Magic, or are interested in learning!; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Summer Lunches – Free meal for any child under 18; 1-2:30 p.m., Community Conversation on Alzheimer’s Disease – Join members of the Alzheimer’s Association for a conversation for state plan input; 4-5 p.m., Green Action: Teens Against Pollution – Take action on environmental issues in our community (and beyond)!■SATURDAY –– 9 a.m.-12 p.m., URI Master Gardener’s Kiosk – Bring your questions for the experts, and have your soil tested; 10-11:30 p.m., Champion Tree Tour in Wilcox Park – Take a walking tour of the park, and learn about the trees here that are on the RI Big Trees Registry; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop.

Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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