Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Robin Williams We Did Not Know

We know him for his talent. We know him as someone who made us smile and laugh.  We didn’t know him for his depression. The world has lost an artist. We can’t help but wonder if our loss couldn’t have been prevented.
As I was doing a little researching about depression, I decided to concentrate on depression and college students. According to a booklet entitled Depression and College Students published by the National Institute of Mental Health “ about 30 % of college students reported feeling’ so depressed that it was difficult to function ’at some time in the past year. “ The article went on to present the signs of depression but I have had it described to me as feeling as if you have a 50 pound monkey on your back.
Central Penn College wants to help. They do not want students to be experiencing the feeling that there is no hope. Right now the counseling center is in transition but you are encouraged to email if you have concerns about a student or yourself. Also the CPC Student Handbook has a list of area support services on page 126.
The library has gathered the films that we own that Robin Williams has performed in and have them on display near our DVD collection. Please borrow them and enjoy seeing the talent of Robin Williams. Hopefully If anything is gained by the loss of Robin Williams, we will have more awareness of depression and knowing there is hope for getting the monkey off our backs.

National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Depression and college students. Retrieved from

The Book?? or the Movie??

It’s an old debate…..which is better, the book orange bookor the movie?  filmreel

Book lovers say:

  • They dislike how movie characters and settings are not as they appeared in their imagination while they were reading the book. When reading, you provide your own imagery.
  • If something becomes confusing during reading, the reader can flip back a few (or a lot) of pages (or screens on a Kindle) for clarification. True, you can go back and scene-select during a movie, but finding certain parts is not always as precise.
  • There are more details and more opportunities to fully develop the story in a book. Movies often skip parts that readers of the book might find critical to the plot.
  • Book lovers contend that the reader absorbs and retains more of the story’s information by reading it. Reading engages the brain more fully.
  • Books are free at the library!!

Movie lovers say:

  • The action in the movie appeals in a more visual way that is more dramatic.
  • Most people prefer a time commitment of a couple of hours as opposed to the several needed to complete a book.
  • Movie lovers say that movies are meant to entertain and they are more for “escape,” not educational study.
  • Movies are a great way to introduce good stories to non-readers.
  • You can usually check out movies at the library as well as books.

My own opinion on the topic of which is better, the book or the movie, is “It depends.”

We have all seen good books, for young and old, that have been turned into a less than satisfying movie. For example, I was very disappointed in the movie versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Stuart Little.

But some books have truly come to life for me on the screen, such as in The Princess Bride, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Jaws. The printed books were just not as enjoyable in these cases.

What do you think? Know any good books/bad movies, or vice versa? Let us know!!

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Here are some books that I loved that will be movies soon. As always, I just hope they don’t  mess them up!! They are action-packed and have the potential to be good movies.

 THE MAZE RUNNER–Thomas is dropped into a strange community after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a dangerous maze that will require him to become a runner for a chance at escape.

THE GIVER–In a futuristic utopian community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy, Jonas, is chosen to receive memories from The Giver about the true pains and pleasures of the world of the past.

UNBROKEN–Chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II and cruelly treated.

GONE GIRL–As his wife’s disappearance becomes the focus of intense media scrutiny, a man sees that it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. (I actually didn’t like the ending of the book, but its portrayal on the big screen might be better.)


Kay Fleeger