Getting in the Scottish Spirit

scotflagAs the Scottish go to the polls to decide whether they wish to be independent from Great Britain, peruse this list of Scottish favorites in our collection.

Outlander by Diana Galbaldon
Claire Randall is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon in 1945. She walks through a standing stone in an ancient stone circle and finds herself transported to war torn Scotland, 1743

Braveheart
A 1995 epic historical drama war film directed by and starring Mel Gibson that tells a fictionalized version of William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England.

Waverly by Sir Walter Scott
Waverly is the story of a young dreamer and English soldier, Edward Waverley, who is sent to Scotland in 1745. He journeys North from his aristocratic family home to the Scottish Lowlands and then into the Highlands and the heart of the 1745 Jacobite uprising and aftermath.

The Poetical Works of Burns by Robert Burns
Burns, the “ploughman poet,” writes about politics, history, Scottish nationalism, his loathing for social injustice and illicit affairs as easily as he does nature and beauty.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The mild-mannered scientist Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the twisted Mr. Hyde.

Trainspotting
A 1996 British crime comedy drama about a group of working-class junkies in Edinburgh directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Based on the book by Irvine Welsh.

Did we miss ant titles you think should be in the list?

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Books to Inspire the Winter Park High School Class of 2014

2014ValedictoriansEach year, the Library hosts a luncheon for the valedictorians of Winter Park High School (yes, any one with a 4.0 GPA is a valedictorian there, so this year there were 11 and a salutatorian). During the program the students are presented with a book to inspire them or assist them as they move into their future lives and endeavors.We are frequently asked for a list of the books given. Here is the 2013 list. Use the comments section to tell us what you think.

Tanuj Badwal presented by WPPL Young Adult Librarian Lisa Blue – 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by Matthew Inman

Megan Barkdull presented by Trustee Jan Walker – China Today and Her Ancient Treasures by Joan Lebold Cohen

Patrick Burns presented by Trustee Joel Roberts – Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder and Just And Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations by Michael Walzer

Danielle Flanagan presented by Trustee Rhonda Loft – Night by Elie Wiesel; The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 Wladyslaw by Szpilman; and The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson

Robert “Bobby” Frantz presented by Trustee Gene Sullivan – An Amazon gift certificate to buy a book that will assist in his pursuit of a medical career

Theodore “Teddy” Jungreis presented by WPPL Executive Director Shawn Shaffer – Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Deborah Leedy presented by Ava Simms – Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet by Jenifer Ringer and Paris: The Story of a Great City by Danielle Chadych and Dominique Leborgne

Allison Lindsey presented by Stacey Cox – The Blooding by Joseph Wambaugh and Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane E. Muldrow

Jack Henry Reckmeyer presented by Helen Miller – Medical Terminology For Dummies by Beverley Henderson and Jennifer Lee Dorsey

Kathryn Sproles presented by Trish Gallagher – I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen; Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali; and Good Poems by Various and Garrison Keillor

Nhan Trieu presented by former Trustee Kenneth Murrah – The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Katheryn Thompson by Pam Brandon – Little Black Book of Paris by Neskow Vesna and Kerren Barbas Steckler; Pocket Rough Guide to Madrid by Simon Baskett; A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen