Not everyone takes their work home with them, but librarians often do. Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to give us ideas for creating our next program or informing our next reader’s advisory or inspiring our next purchase. For instance, my hobby of choice is to watch English language media not created in the United States. I subscribe to Acorn Media and
Britbox which enables me to view life in English speaking countries all over the world. This helps me purchase high quality, entertaining DVD programming for our collection here at Abilene Public Library. However, with an Abilene Public Library card, you can enjoy these same shows for free!
Mystery Road is a crime drama with an indigenous Australian detective called Jay Swan. He travels to the outback of Western Australia to investigate two missing boys, a local football hero and a backpacker who just recently came to experience the region. Swan works with the local police sergeant Emma James to uncover a history of injustice and a drug trafficking ring in the town that encompasses all levels of the community. This series can be seen on Hoopla.
Jack Irish is played by Guy Pearce who has starred in many movies internationally like “Iron Man 3” and “Mary Queen of Scots”. “Jack Irish” is set in Melbourne and is adapted from the detective novels by Peter Temple. Irish is a former criminal lawyer who can no longer maintain the courtroom pace after one of his clients murders his wife. He becomes a gambler and a debt collector to pay the bills and an apprentice cabinet maker to stay sane. His love interest Linda Hillier, played by Marta Dusseldorp, weaves in and out of his life helping him find information regarding his latest investigations. The stories have many twists and turns that leave you on the edge of your seat hoping the best for this character. This series is on Hoopla and DVD.
Newton’s Law is a quirky series about a solicitor in Melbourne who owns her own practice in a low rent neighborhood and defends an odd bunch of folk, one of which has an arson problem and burns down her business. This event then finds her needing to find work for herself and her erstwhile staff that she feels responsible for. A colleague from college invites her to join his firm and while this takes care of her needs she still feels the need to help her former staff. On her first day of work, she notices that an office in the underground car park is empty and so she rents it and places her staff in it to operate their own agency under her secret auspices. Of course this would be completely a conflict of interest if someone finds out about it, but hilarity ensues as they all try to create a law business in a basement carpark and she works flights up in the meantime. This drama is lighter than the other two but is enjoyable for its eccentric characters and plots. This show is seen on Hoopla and DVD.
If you’re looking for something good to watch that’s not your usual fare, check out our offerings at Abilene Public Library - you can search (and often, check out our digital items) from home, or come in to pick up a DVD. We’ll be glad to see you!
Article Contributed by Janet Bailey, Technical Services Manager, Abilene Public Library