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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Library will be closed...

The Merrick Library will be CLOSED 

Friday, February 28th 
Monday, March 3rd 

for floor repairs.

We are sorry for any inconvenience!

Harold Ramis, you will be missed...

On February 24 Harold Ramis died in his native Chicago at age 69. As a screenwriter, actor, producer and director Ramis was involved one way or another in many of the funniest film comedies of the last 33 years.

Originally a freelance journalist, Harold Ramis eventually became joke editor at Playboy magazine and soon after part of Chicago's famed Second City improvisational troupe. At one point he served as a deadpan foil to rising star John Belushi. Ramis was a cast member of the syndicated Second City Television from 1976-1979 appearing with among others John Candy and Eugene Levy.

In 1981 Harold Ramis made his film debut in "Stripes" portraying Russell Ziskey, a slacker who finds his niche in the United States Army handling its advance technology. Also a writer on the film, Ramis was at first reluctant to play Ziskey until his costar and friend Bill Murray emphatically refused to do "Stripes" without him. ("Stripes" may be found in Merrick Library's DVD collection). 

Ramis and Murray would again team up on the hugely popular "Ghostbusters" movies (Merrick has "Ghostbusters II" among its DVDs). Harold Ramis would make his last movie appearance in the 2009 Stone Age sendup "Year One" which he also wrote, directed and served as co-producer (also among the Merrick DVDs).

In addition to the films cited, Merrick Library has the following 
DVDs which feature the talents of Harold Ramis:
Analyze That (director)
Analyze This (director)
The Ice Harvest (director)
Knocked Up (portrayed Ben's Dad)


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Outlander book series comes to Starz this summer!

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series 
is coming to the TV screen, folks...

According to Gabaldon's website: "2014 is finally here, the year that the OUTLANDER TV Series on the Starz network will debut, “Some time this summer,” says Starz. (Previous reports of the series premiering in August were not correct. The network has not set a release date yet, but officials say it will probably be in the summer of 2014.) And don’t forget that the highly anticipated eighth book in the Outlander novel series, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, will be released in hardcover in June!"  


Set your DVRs!