Notes from the Black Lagoon

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Hi, my name is Kate and I love superhero movies. I love them. I never read comic books as a kid and I’m not really that into graphic novels. But I can’t get enough of  superhero movies. I’m so psyched that Marvel Comics has developed their own movie studio and produced an awesome little movie you may have heard of: Ironman.

Even though I do love superhero movies, I’m the first to admit they are not all perfect. In fact, in the past few years, the genre has seen some great triumphs (Spiderman 2, anyone? Or how about X-Men 3? So good) and some sad failures (The Incredible Hulk…groan). But Ironman is perfection! It has good guys! It has bad guys! It has cool gadgets. It has a superhero suit! It has a great plot! It presents deep philosophical questions! It has Robert Downey, Jr! IT HAS ROBERT DOWNEY, JR!!!!! I can’t emphasize my enjoyment of that last one enough.

Ironman

Ironman

If you’ve been living under a rock since last summer, Ironman brings us to the story of Tony Stark, super-hot, playboy, billionaire genius who manages to dream up the latest military weapons technology AND leave the ladies wanting more. After being kidnapped by terrorists who own weapons designed by Stark Industries, Tony builds his own superhero suit, rescues himself and seriously begins to question his own role in and assumptions about the consequences of American military power.

The film is filled with special effects, but they don’t overwhelm the plot or the questions that Tony is wrestling with. The coolest scenes blend special effects with amazing camera work as you see Tony fly for the first time in his newly-built Ironman suit. I’m not sure how they managed it, but it really does feel like you are really flying above Los Angeles.

Finally, we come to my favorite part of Ironman: Robert Downey, Jr. Not only is he hot, but also manages to inject the film with charm and humor. Seriously, I love how Downey combines Tony’s bravado with a vulnerability. But he’s also hot. I mentioned that, right? There other some other people in the movie called Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terence Howard. They’re pretty good too. Especially Gwyneth, given that I usually despise her. But her performance as Pepper Potts was so good and she had such chemistry with RDJ that I actually despise her LESS. But only a little less.

Clearly, you need to go borrow Ironman from your library and love the superhero goodness.

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What do these two things have to do with each other? Nothing, unless you count Facebook as a convenient distraction from cataloging. Which I need to do today. Anyway, initially, I was against Facebook, saying that people with a real life don’t spend time on Facebook. HA! Another thing I was wrong about. Now that I have a Facebook account, I find it so much easier to keep in touch with my friends. For me, that’s essential as I’ve moved away from my hometown in New York and most of my college friends live all over the country. Recently, I just reconnected with two friends I met while living in Ireland for my junior year abroad! I hadn’t heard from them in ages and I just found them on Facebook. We’re all very happy to hear from each other and I’m hoping Patrick and I can maybe (and when I say maybe, I mean I have to convince Patrick) to go to Ireland on our honeymoon. In a professional sense, I’m also hoping I can connect with some other children’s librarians on Facebook. I’ve joined a few librarian groups on Facebook to see what’s going on. Nothing yet, but perhaps I’ll start a group for Children’s Librarians in MA.

Back to cataloging. This is another hat I wear here in Children’s. At the TPL, the Children’s Room is sort of like it’s own mini self-sufficient library. Both myself and my other full-timer, Mary Beth, catalog and process all of our materials and have complete freedom to put them where we like in our collections. It also means we know our collection REALLY well since we see everything before it goes on the shelf. The negative side is that cataloging is a total time-suck. I always have to do it and keep on top of it. It stops me from doing as many story times and programs as I would like. And I’m also not terribly detailed-oriented, so that means I’m not the best cataloger. I try though. A mixed bag all around. If you do catalog at your library, I would highly recommend OCLC’s Dewey Cutter Program for your desktop. This software allows you to type in the author’s last name or title or whatever and generates 4 digit Cutter numbers based on that. It’s a lifesaver when I’m doing my call numbers and I couldn’t live without it.

A final note: I love Errol Flynn. Patrick got me into Errol Flynn movies after we watched The Adventures of Robin Hood. Right now, we’re watching Captain Blood, but my favorite Errol Flynn movie is The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex with Bette Davis playing Queen Elizabeth I and Flynn as Robert Devereaux. Bette Davis is AMAZING as she plays an Elizabeth full of complications and rage and Flynn is her match as the charming but treacherously power-obsessed Devereaux. Fabulous movie.