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6 Hilarious Musical Parodies by Librarians

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Librarians are generally considered to be prim book guardians who are fond of silence, but that is actually far from the truth.

Many librarians have a wicked sense of humour, and have more fun at work that we would imagine. Far from being the uptight, cardigan-wearing, ‘shushers’ in TV and movies, the librarians in the following videos debunk the stereotype in the best possible way- through the power of music!

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Watch the latest trailer for His Dark Materials here!

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His Dark Materials will be hitting the small screen thanks to HBO and the BBC.

We saw the teaser trailer in March and it didn’t give much away, however this latest trailer is VERY exciting. In it we get to see and hear the characters many of us fell in love with from Pullman’s books including the main protagonist Lyra Belacqua who is played by Dafne Keen and the wonderful James McAvoy who will play Lord Asriel. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins) is set to play the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby, while James Cosmo and Lucian Msamati play as Farder Coram and John Faa respectively.

Any fan of the book series will be pleased to see far more detail from the book included in the television series, as opposed to the movie The Golden Compass, which left out chunks of the story and never managed to make enough at the box office to carry on the movie franchise.

8 intense episodes will run over 2 seasons, and a date has yet to be announced for its release. We do know, however, that it will premiere in the USA by the end of 2019.

We will let you know more details as we have them- meanwhile check out the trailer below!

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Disney Creates Special Pooh Animation to Celebrate the Birth of Royal Baby, Archie

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The UK has been celebrating this month as Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their new baby. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26am on Monday 6th May and to celebrate, Disney has created a unique gift for the family.

To celebrate the birth of the latest Royal baby, Disney has created this short watercolour animation featuring Winnie the Pooh. It’s absolutely adorable, enjoy!
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Watch the official Tolkien biopic movie trailers here!

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Tolkien explores the early years of the famous author’s life as he finds his own fellowship among his peers at school. Friendship and courage grows among his fellow creative lads at school. This brotherhood grows as they withstand love and loss until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their fellowship apart. These formative experiences would later inspire Tolkien to create the stories that became The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, and directed by Dome Karukoski with an all-star cast of Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi

The movie is officially released May 10th 2019.

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Molly Case, NHS nurse, poet, and writer recites ‘Nursing the Nation’

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Molly Case entered the public eye in 2013 when she was asked to read her poem Nursing the Nation at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress. Molly recited her poem and received a standing ovation from other healthcare professionals, various campaigners, politicians, and influential speakers.

Since then Molly has published a book of her poetry, influenced by vulnerable and touching moments working in the NHS, and more recently written her memoir, How To Treat People. 

Molly’s empathy and passion for nursing is beautifully displayed in rich and lyrical language in both her poetry and prose. Her writing is a much needed honest and fascinating insight into the underappreciated and underrepresented backbone of the UK’s Nation Health Service.

Find her recital at the 2013 Royal College of Nursing congress below along with links to her books.

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Teaser trailer for Joe Hill’s ‘NOS4A2’ is here!

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Joe Hill’s latest story to be adapted to screen is NOS4A2 (NOS4R2 in the UK)- a creepy, claustrophobic tale of Charles Manx and his Silver Wraith. The supernatural story follows a young woman, Vic McQueen (played by Ashleigh Cummings) who discovers she has the power to find lost things. This discovery puts her in the sights of Charlie Manx (played by Zachary Quinto), a supernatural ‘big bad’ who abducts children in his Rolls Royce Wraith.

Manx is an immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then abandons their remains at Christmasland – a frozen nightmare Christmas village that exists in Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is outlawed. Manx finds his beloved world is threatened when Vic McQueen discovers she has a dangerous gift that could track down Manx and stop him for good.

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Beautiful Cosmos by the eccentric Scottish poet Ivor Cutler

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Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet and humorist born in Glasgow in 1923. He is best known for his appearances on the BBC Radio shows presented by John Peel, and for his work on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. 

His humour and eccentric way with words made Ivor a truly unique individual- often his stories are fantastical and absolute nonsense, with a twist of unnerving dourness.

His surreal observations are often seen as childlike, with stories that are often tinged with a dark naivety and whimsy.

Check out Beautiful Cosmos below, a lyrical poem written for the only woman in his life to truly understand him- Phyllis King- who co-wrote, and was another driving force behind his success.

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Beautiful Animated Short Film Shows The Magic of Reading

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Today we want to share with you this beautiful animated short film that shows the way books are part of your life, and how far a lifetime of reading can take you.

The creator, Renaud Plante contacted me this week to share the video and I just had to share it with you as I think you will all love it.

In the short film, which is called Un monde à découvrir (A World to Discover), a young boy goes to a library and discovers, in books and their words, a universe that will follow him until the end of his life. I’m sure a lot of you will relate.

Enjoy!
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Pet Sematary Arrives in April! Watch The Trailer Here.

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Last year we announced that Stephen King’s Pet Sematary release was planned for April 2019, and now we finally have the trailer! The film has been in the works since 2010 so we are expecting big things for this project.

Originally the film was going to be released April 19th, 2019 but was brought forward to April 5th. The film is being written and directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, and Jason Clarke has been cast as Louis Creed.

If you haven’t read the book or seen previous adaptations, Pet Sematary centres on a doctor, Louis Creed, who has moved his family to the country to escape busy city life. There he discovers, thanks to a neighbour, that they have moved near a pet cemetery (misspelled ‘sematary’ by the local children) built on an ancient burial ground. And we all know how well that will work out…

There are some differences between the book and the new adaptation which may annoy some fans of the original but I am sure it will still scare the socks off you!

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