Staff Profile

Lukie Marriott

Adult Services Advisory Specialist

Patron Engagement

Lukie works at the Readers Services and Audiovisual desks and enjoys leading book discussions. Her background is in dance and she loves all forms of artistic expression, including the great books, movies and music the library has to offer. She has two wonderful grown daughters and a whole lot of pets.


Lists

Not Your Usual Narrator

A narrator's point of view is a huge element in any story. But some narrators offer an especially unique perspective. Flush, by Virginia Woolf, is narrated by a cocker spaniel, and in Moo, by Jane Smiley, part of the novel is told from a pig's point of view. Take a look at this sampling of additional books with unconventional narrators.

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Earth Day Documentaries

Some films to get you thinking (and acting!) on Earth Day.

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Demanding Art

Artists are driven to create, oftentimes in far less than ideal situations. The following are documentaries and feature films based on real visual artists who have produced work despite challenging circumstances or disability.

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Crossing the Mexican-American Border

A sampling of the many fiction and nonfiction books, as well as movies, that focus on the policies, perils and corruption surrounding the Mexican-American border. A divisive topic in political debates today, maybe these materials will provide some insight.

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Super Single Moms

I've always admired single parents. They have to juggle all the challenges of parenting and work, with maybe even a heroic attempt at a personal life. Whether single mothers succeed brilliantly or flounder, they're all supermoms to me.

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Be a Hero

The world is full of admirable heroes and it's very possible that you are one yourself or could be. These books and film documentaries are all true stories about people from around the world who've acted heroically, no matter how young or outnumbered, nor how insurmountable the situation may seem. Be inspired!

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Farm Fiction

Symbolic of an older, respected way of life immersed in the rhythms of nature, there are also secrets and tragedies that seem to go along with life on a farm. Think of those long family histories, creaky old buildings, and the hiding places that fields and woods provide! To seal the idea that the two go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of secrets and dark events in these books.

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Be a Vet

To be a vet, you must love all creatures great and small, which is a common thread throughout this list.

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Natural Disasters

If the disasters that always seem to be happening somewhere on the planet leave you wanting to know more, these documentaries and feature films can provide some insight. Some of them address the possible or known impact of human activity on various extreme weather events.

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Natural Disasters

If the disasters that always seem to be happening somewhere on the planet leave you wanting to know more, these documentaries and feature films can provide some insight. Some of them address the possible or known impact of human activity on various extreme weather events.

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What is This Language We Speak?

English, what a strange beast! Besides the homonyms, idioms, spellings that seem to have no relationship to pronunciation, irregular verb conjugations, and a vocabulary borrowed from dozens of other languages, it is an alive and constantly changing thing. If you're a native speaker, you may never have fully appreciated the strangeness and complexity of your language.

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Alaska!

As we celebrated longer hours of daylight this spring, I was reading a novel set in the interminable darkness of an Alaskan winter. Yet, despite the lack of daylight (just over 3 ½ hours on the shortest day in Fairbanks), Alaska inspires and fascinates many people who are looking for true wilderness and adventure, plus opportunities for quiet and solitude. Maybe you yourself don’t want to live there, but you can experience it vividly through these books.

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Differently Dead

American funerary practices are big business that have little to do with the naturalness of death. Author and non-profit undertaker Caitlin Doughty wrote, “Due to the corporatization and commercialization of deathcare, we have fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to proximity, intimacy, and ritual around death.” But that is changing—with the green burial movement, in particular. These books and movies explore alternatives to current mainstream funerary and deathcare practices.

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Beyond The Nutcracker

If you enjoy classical ballet, I invite you to also explore these contemporary ballet and modern dance features and documentaries. You'll be entertained and awed by the choreography, and by the athletic and artistic prowess of the dancers. And in some, you'll get to see how the choreographers work, as well. The following titles are by no means a complete list of the library's holdings! Also, there are oodles more titles to stream on Kanopy and Hoopla.

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Acting with a Disability

There are many actors with disabilities who have major roles in movies and television. Many are advocates for people with their same disability.

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The Wonders of Bird Nests

Spring means birds are building nests, incubating their eggs, and hatching little ones. If you are keeping watch on a real nest outside, lucky you! These books and films that can enhance your appreciation of our feathered friends.

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Swim!

While the pools and beaches are closed for swimming, splash around with these books and movies that have swimming themes. This list focuses primarily on material that's available electronically.

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Vacations Gone Wrong

Doesn't something always go wrong on vacation--the weather, the missed train, the dragon living nearby that you forgot to consider (to paraphrase Tolkien)? These streaming/downloadable movies and eBooks are about vacations that weren't.

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Love and Politics

Love and politics can be messy bedfellows, as you will see in these fiction titles.

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Teen Activists in Fiction

Get inspired to get involved in resistance movements and take political action like the teens in these fiction titles.

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Recent Perspectives on Women's Suffrage

The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago, in 1920. The library has a wealth of books and movies documenting the 80+ years of struggle leading up to the ratification. But what's special about the following, recently published titles, is that they include the often overlooked stories of minority women--Black, Native American, Mormon, and others--who actively campaigned for equality all across the country.

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