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Make New Experiences with Mead!

In addition to all the rad traditional items we have at the Mead Public Library, we also have a variety of non-traditional items that are available to you for FREE within our experience collection! In this collection, we have all kinds of items that will lend to you learning and creating first hand. In the experience collection, you will find all kinds of items to checkout including museum passes, STEM kits, unique baking tools, Makey Makey kits, and much more. You can find the majority of the collection when you first walk inside our library. Take a look! To even further appeal to you, here’s a list of our newest experience collection items:

*Please note that these items can only be checked out and returned to Mead Public Library.

Drum Kit

  • Yay, music! This kit comes with a WG101 drum set, pedals, drumsticks, and more to get you started on drums. Worried about the noise? Have no fear, there is a headphone output that allows you to contain the music. The set has 10 preset songs but can be used for playing along with other music. The drum kit has ability to connect to computers and portable devices to record and edit your own music. This kit can even be used for games with the game function. This gets a 14 day loan.

Bird Watching Kit

  • Impress everyone with your bird knowledge! This kit is perfect for a nature day or even a road trip With this kit, you get to take home everything you need to spot and identify birds: a monocular telescope with smartphone attachment, a tripod, two bird guide books and more! The bird watching kit gets a 28 day loan, It comes in a nifty backpack for easy transportation.

Bubble Machine

  • Who doesn’t need more bubbles? This automatic bubble blower can make over 8,000 bubbles per minute! Perfect for parties, playdates, and, well, really anytime. The bubble machine gets a 7 day loan.

Karaoke Machine

  • Bring the gift of karaoke anywhere by checking this out! The karaoke machine loans for 7 days. The set comes with the machine and all supplies needed to use the machine. This includes two wireless microphones so no one has to sing alone!

Stargazing Telescope Kit

  • This is a great kit for stargazing beginners! With this kit, you’ll have a telescope, tripod, and more to learn the ropes to professional telescopes. Complete with a user’s manual to guide you, you’ll be seeing stars in no time! The stargazing telescope kit has a 28 day loan period.

Home Recording Studio Kit (for adults)

  • Create your own digital content with this kit! Please note this set is specifically for adult cardholders. The home recording studio kit loans for 28 days. When you check this out, you’ll have a voice microphone, webcam, ring light, and selfie stick at your disposal. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Universal Car Engine Code Reader

  • Learn what’s wrong (hopefully nothing) with your car by checking this out! Our universal car engine code reader comes with a 4 page instruction manual to guide you through the process. This has a 7 day loan period.

You can view more of our experience collection offerings on our website here or in person! We are always working hard to add more materials to this collection. Please note that the majority of these items cannot be placed on hold and are loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thanks for letting Mead Public Library create amazing experiences for you!

Posted in Adult, Film

Five Spooky Films You Might Have Missed

Halloween is just days away! In need of a scare and don’t want to get it from the news? Here’s a list of five new, unique spooky films that we’ve added to our movie collection that might not be on your radar.

Watcher

Watcher follows a young couple, Julia and Francis, as they settle into their new apartment. Julia copes with loneliness as she’s practicing her new country’s language. Then, Julie begins to notice a man watching her apartment through his windows. Feeling unsettled, Julie investigates and begins to see more and more of this unknown man. At the same time, there are reports that a serial killer, dubbed “the Spider” is on the loose. Could the watcher be the serial killer, Julia wonders? Julia tells her partner, her friends, and the police her fears as things slowly get creepier and creepier. No one believes Julia, causing even higher feelings of isolation and panic. This film perfectly captures what anxiety feels like and really showcases why we need to believe women.

Click HERE to see our catalog’s listing on this movie!

Bodies Bodies Bodies

If you’ve played the group card games Mafia or Werewolf, then you already know what the game Bodies Bodies Bodies is. If not, no worries. This movie follows a group of friends who are together for a weekend. They’re staying at a huge place and have a lot of substances. So, logically, they decide it’s smart to play a game of Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. The game is supposed to be simple: someone is assigned the “killer” role and then the rest of the group has to figure out who that is before they get killed. While the friends envision the game being fun and safe, things get dicey when the literal bodies start piling. Of course, drama, scares, and laughs follow you through this horror/mystery/comedy film. Think And Then There Were None meets Mean Girls.

Click HERE to see our catalog’s listing on this movie!

The Amusement Park

Oddly enough, this film was made in 1975 but only just got a physical release. The film was directed by George A. Romero, the mind behind Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow, The Crazies, and more. The Amusement Park was intended to be for the Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania as a teaching tool for elder abuse. After having a premiere at the American Film Festival in 1975, the movie was shelved when completed and literally went missing. The film was deemed lost until a 16MM print was, at long last, discovered. The DVD and streaming were released this year, which is why it’s still new in my book.

The story itself is about how scary aging can be. This thriller is unique in both its movie and history. Hopefully, it leaves viewers with a reminder to treat their elders with care.

Click HERE to see our catalog’s listing on this movie!

The Innocents

Now to go in total opposite directions, we have a film about children. The Innocents debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has been getting great reviews since. No one says much about what you’ll see, just that you should see it. The movie is a supernatural thriller from Norway with a fairly simple-sounding plot: a group of children in Norway learns about their superpowers when adults aren’t looking. The film promises, according to IMDB, that “playtime takes a dangerous turn”.

Click HERE to see our catalog’s listing on this movie!

Fall

Hopefully, you’ll fall for this movie. (Hahahaha!) Two adventure-seeking friends decide to climb a decommissioned 2,000-foot TV tower in the desert to reconnect and reflect on where they are in life and how to be better. Because that’s smart. As you would expect, this doesn’t work out flawlessly and the two end up stuck on the tower. Water is in low supply and their cell phones won’t work. Yes, this sounds horrifying to me on multiple levels.

Click HERE to see our catalog’s listing on this movie!

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A Shameless Plug For A24 Movies

Fun fact: when I’m out and about and see anything that features an “A” and “24”, I feel a jolt of excitement. No matter where I am, I’ll whip out my phone and snap a photo of this occasion. The picture gets put on my Instagram where I tag the account @a24. I enjoy that I’m far from the only cinephile that does this.

Mead’s very own A24!

This, my friends, is the power of A24!

Let me explain.

A24 is, at its simplest form, a film company. The company does both production and distribution of films. (Fun history: This wasn’t always the case; A24 started off as just a distribution company.) I believe that A24 is important, even crucial, to the world of cinema. A24 excels at bringing diverse movies into the world. They work hard to have diverse casting, strong female leads, debuting directors, and so many different kinds of stories. A24 has a lineup of movies that spans across literally all genres! Honestly, the most common theme with A24’s movies is that they’re probably going to be hella unique. While I don’t love every A24 movie made, I will happily try out any film their logo is on.

The logo! It’s so pretty!

To me, it’s crucial to support a group promoting fresh story ideas and diversity. I hope this is important to you, too.

To watch a plethora of A24 films, check out Mead’s wicked video collection or Kanopy, a library provided movie streaming service. Both are amazing, free options! Not sure where to begin in the A24 catalog? Check out my list of recommended A24 films below!

Eighth Grade
Want to relive the horror of eighth grade? Me either. Still, this film perfectly captures the awkwardness, humor, and heart of an eighth grade girl.

Ex Machina
Would you go on a work trip to see the newest technology breakthroughs if you had to sign a non-disclosure agreement? Our main character says sure. Things get complicated when he meets the almost human AI, Ava.

Moonlight
Best picture winner following an African-American boy growing up.

Under the Silver Lake
A modern Hollywood mystery with Andrew Garfield learning some weird sh*t after his neighbor disappears.

The Farewell
A girl joins her family in China for a fake wedding to say goodbye to her dying Grandma. Grandma doesn’t know this is the reason for this shin-dig. Based on a true story. And I thought my family had drama!

Swiss Army Man
Is Harry Potter dead to you? Well, is this film, he literally is. Danielle Radcliff plays a zealous corpse that helps pass the time when a man marooned on an island bonds with him. Yes, it’s as bizarre as it sounds.

The Florida Project
A coming-of-age tale that takes place at a purple hotel right by Disneyworld. Features Willem Dafoe in not enough scenes.

Saint Maud
Creepy vibes meets religion meets hospice in this psychological thriller. Spooky vibes = perfect for fall.

The Lobster
In this film’s world, if you don’t find a significant other, you’re going to be made into an animal of your choice. Our main character selects a lobster in case this is will be his fate. This is just the start of this film. And I thought online dating was brutal.

Everything Everywhere All at Once
Imagine a superhero multiverse movie with, well, a little bit of everything. Seriously, there’s even bagels.

I had to restrain from listing even more titles in my excitement of gushing about these films. All of A24’s films are so different from each other that I feel comfortable saying there’s something for everyone. Now what are you waiting for? Go to our catalog! Download canopy! Watch new films!

-Aubrey