Come by the library and pick up your FREE copy of the book and then join us on December 6th to discuss the book!
“Set in the early 1900s, this novel is a nostalgic, bittersweet story about a widower, his three sons, and the year these boys spend in a one-room country schoolhouse… This is an affectionate, heartwarming tale that also celebrates a vanished way of life and laments its passing.” -Patrick Sullivan, Library Journal Reviews, 2006
We are doing the Food for Fines (and more) program December 1st through 31st at all branches. This year we will be accepting more than just food!
Up to $10.00 may be deducted from overdue fees for non-perishable food items, new toys, and new health care items donated at any Tulare County Branch. Your donations will be sent to these local organizations for distribution:
Toys: will be given to Toys for Tots (these items need to be donated to the branch before December 15, 2016
Health care items: will be given to the Visalia Rescue Mission.
Food Items: will be donated to FoodLink, a food bank that serves our entire county.
Turning a real-life human trafficking tragedy into a comment on social inequality and the cost of survival, “Haemoo” dramatizes a stark nautical ordeal fraught with tension.
The film takes place in 1998, when the IMF Crisis made life hard for ordinary South Koreans, but the marine setting imbues the action with an elemental, timeless quality. Five fishermen under Capt. Kang Chul-joo (Kim Yoon-seok) set sail from their hometown, Yeosu, but they return empty-handed. The owner ...of their beat-up old trawler, Junjiho, wants to trade it in, but Kang is more attached to it than to his wife, whom he catches in flagrante with a Chinese-Korean. To save the ship, he decides to smuggle ethnic Koreans from China.
Despite the harrowing plot, Shim adopts an omniscient gaze and a somber, dispassionate tone throughout. He doesn’t veer too far from realism; nor does he cross over into genre territory by ramping up the violence and gore (at least until the slightly overblown last act), portraying the protags as grassroots workers struggling under harsh living conditions, unconsciously pushed toward selfish behavior - http://variety.com/…/festivals/toronto-film-review-haemoo-…/