Librarians enjoy their work. Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to are ideas flowing into our minds creating our next program or informing our next reader’s advisory or inspiring our next purchase.
My hobby of choice is to watch English language media not created in the United States. I subscribe to Acorn Media and Britbox, which enable me to view life in English speaking countries all over the world. This helps me purchase high quality, entertaining DVD programming & streaming media for our collections here at Abilene Public Library, which you can enjoy free with your library card.
DVDs are available to pick up at Main and South branches right now, while you can access Hoopla via our website at www.abilenetx.gov/apl and clicking on Digital Services at the top of the page.
Heart Guy (known as "Doctor Doctor" in Australia) is a current show coming out of Australia. The premise of this show is a brilliant heart surgeon, Hugh Knight, who likes to party, gets into trouble with the Medical Tribunal when one of the people he is with overdoses. He gets sentenced to a basic general practice in the town of Whyhope, his former hometown in New South Wales.
The only way he can make his way back to his former life as a surgeon is if he can prove to his no-nonsense supervisor that he can stay sober and functional for a full year as a GP. In the meantime, he has a lot of time on his hands to reconstruct life with his family that he has ignored for 15 years. This show can be seen on Hoopla and is in its fifth season.
New Zealand has produces shows worth noting in the last 15 years, too. One such show includes Brokenwood Mysteries, where Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd likes his American country music and drives a 1970s Chevrolet El Camino.
While this music and car were once really hip, his younger counterparts on the force raise their eyebrow every time they have to ride with him on a case. Eventually, they respect him for his ability to catch criminals. This show is in its sixth season and can be seen on Hoopla and DVD.
800 Words is a three-season show out of New Zealand that has some wonderful plot lines, feel-good characters and gorgeous scenery. It also has a similar plotline to an Australian show, made about 20 years ago before, starring Sigrid Thornton called Seachange.
It’s about George, a journalist and father who has just lost his wife and moves from Sydney, Australia to New Zealand where his family vacationed years ago. He and his two children purchase, sight unseen, the old property that he had stayed in as a kid and all learn to love the quirky small town of Weld even without a real plan for the future. The family moves through stages of grief to learn how to live and love again. This show can be seen on Hoopla and DVD.
Good Karma Hospital is about a small hospital in southern India. Dr. Ruby Walker is a young, English doctor who recently broke up with her boyfriend and decides to move to India to find her father, who had deserted her as a child.
She gains practical medical experience with Dr. Lydia Fonseca, a British expat. In India, she also learns about her father and finds love with another junior doctor. This show can be seen on Hoopla and DVD.
With download or DVD, you can set yourself free to wander the world with your Abilene Public Library card. Staff are always ready to suggest more great things to watch, listen, or read.
Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manger, Main Library