Life Is Beautiful at OBI!
It’s hard to imagine a movie about World War II and the tragedy of the Holocaust as being humorous, but director/actor Roberto Benigni accomplishes this very feat with Life is Beautiful. Guido, a charming, yet bumbling waiter, wins the heart of the one he loves and builds a beautiful life for his wife and son. But then WWII escalates, and he has to save his son’s life and innocence. Run time, 116 minutes.
Davenport Public Library’s Off-Beat Independent (OBI) film series will show La Vita è Bella (translated, Life is Beautiful), on Wednesday, December 16, at 6:00 pm, at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street). Come in out of the cold for some free popcorn, movie, and great discussion! For more information call 563-328-6833.
Short & Sweets discusses A Christmas Memory!
On December 14, the group will discuss, “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote. The third time is a charm for Capote, as this story was released three times before it became a literary favorite. Based upon his own life, the narrator looks back fondly upon his Southern childhood. These nostalgic scenes evoke a gentle, simple, and secure childhood uncorrupted by the complications of adulthood. This story also contains darker elements such as loneliness, poverty, social isolation, and death, which demonstrate that the innocence of childhood may protect young people from the elements of the human condition, but not remove them from it. It’s a heartwarming story to read during the holidays, and we want to discuss it with you!
If you’re looking for a literary discussion group, but don’t feel like reading a whole book each month, then join Davenport Public Library’s “Short & Sweets” group. Short & Sweets discusses a new short story each month, while sampling delicious desserts. This group meets on the second Monday of every month, at 10:00 am, at the Fairmount Street Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street).Copies of the short story are prepared for each registered member, so all you need to do is sign up by calling 563-328-6833, or by clicking on the registration link below.
More information about each month’s selections can be found on the Library’s news and information blog at: blogs.davenportlibrary.com/pr.
DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL CLOSE AT 5:30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9!
December 9, 2009 — Davenport (IA) Davenport Public Library’s Main Library and Fairmount Branch Library will both close at 5:30 p.m. today due to the inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. The weather is causing hazardous driving conditions and we are concerned for the public’s safety. If you are need of library service, please visit our online branch at www.davenportlibrary.com.