“I Heard You Paint Houses”- One of the Coldest Lines and Book Titles in History

In Mafia terms, to paint a house is to kill a man. The paint? The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. Over the course of three decades, Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran claimed to have painted over twenty five houses. His story is now becoming a movie.

Sheeran’s book, I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Closing of the Case on Jimmy Hoffa,  is the basis of Martin Scorsese’s newest movie, “The Irishman” to be released on Netflix this fall. To tell this story, Scorsese is reuniting with his all star cast of Robert DeNiro, and Joe Pesci.  In what will probably be the trio’s final film together, “The Irishman” is the coda to a legendary series of gritty films (all based on true stories) they have created over their careers. Past endeavors include: “Goodfellas” based on the book Wiseguys, Casino based on the book of the same name, and Raging Bull based of the 1970 memoir, Raging Bull: My Story.

So as the world waits for the release of the Irishman, you can binge everything Scorsese, DeNiro, and Pesci with the help of your library.

Here are their classic collaborations:

Raging Bull (Hoopla or DVD) – Robert De Niro won a Best Actor Oscar in this acclaimed masterpiece as Jake LaMotta, the controversial 1940s prizefighter whose brutality transcended beyond the ring. Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci co-star.

Goodfellas (DVD) – Based on the book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi. Based on a true story. Details the rise and fall of Henry Hill, a Brooklyn kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” from his neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero. In his teens, Hill distinguishes himself as a “stand-up guy” by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his partner Tommy, he rises through the ranks to become Paulie’s lieutenant. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters.

Casino (ebook and eaudiobook)- The true story behind the Martin Scorsese film: Focusing on Chicago bookie Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal and his partner, Anthony Spilotro, and drawing on extensive, in-depth interviews, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Mafia classic Wiseguy-basis for the film Goodfellas-Nicholas Pileggi reveals how the pair worked together to oversee Las Vegas casino operations for the mob.

It’s Sharkweek! Checkout this List of Awesomely Bad Shark Movies that You Should Stream on Hoopla!

Hoopla is your source for all shark related materials! We have the educational documentaries, and the awesomely bad movies to make this Sharkweek, your best ever!

Decide for  yourself! Is  Sharknado: Heart Of Sharkness a bad movie, or an underrated cinematic classic? What about Mega Shark Vs Crocosaurus?  Is 2 Headed Shark Attack more suspenseful than 6-Headed Shark Attack? I mean the shark has four more heads! It has to be. Personally,  I’m excited to watch House Shark, but I don’t want to neglect the genius that is Psycho Shark or Sharkenstein.

Intrigued? Click here for everything shark related on Hoopla!

Pitchfork Music Festival

Curious about the bands playing this weekend? Hoopla and the Moraine Valley Library are your guides to all things Pitchfork. Preview the artist’s albums on Hoopla before you go. Here is just a small sampling of all the Pitchfork music you can stream for free.

Amber Mark – 3:33am

Bitchin’ Bajas- Faceplant

Cate Le Bon – Reward

Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel

Clairo – Diary 001

Grapetooth- Grapetooth

Robyn- Honey

Dreezy- No Hard Feelings

Earl Sweatshirt-Earl

Freddie Gibs- Piñata

Jay Som- Pirouette

Jeremih- The Chocolate Box


Julia Holter- Loud City Song

Kurt Vile- God is Saying This to You…

Lala Lala- Sleepyhead

Mavis Staples- We Get By

Neneh Cherry- Woman

Pusha-T – Daytona

Ric Wilson – Ric Wilson on Audiotree Live

Rico Nasty- Nasty

Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time

Soccer Mommy- Soccer Mommy on Audiotree Live

Valee- Runnin’ Rich

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Summer is the Time for Rejuvenation

Summer is a time for reading, reflection, self improvement, but most importantly, it is a time for rejuvenation. It is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a respite from the cycle of papers, exams, work, and classes that make the academic year so strenuous. It costs nothing to take a moment and walk through the 1,300 trees on campus, check out a book or magazine like Breathe from our library, view an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” at the gateway, or view the cosmos at the G. Jack Bradley Observation Deck. As with so many other life lessons that classic literature teaches us, embrace the feeling that life begins again with the summer.

Don’t Risk Viruses from Illegal Downloads, Stream Entire Albums for FREE on Hoopla

Stream all these albums for FREE on Hoopla.

Let’s Rock – The Black Keys

÷ (Deluxe) – Ed Sheeran

Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)- Queen  

Cuz I Love You – Lizzo 

Thank U, Next -Ariana Grande

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack)- Various Artists

Happiness Begins- Jonas Brothers


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Willie Dixon- Chicago Blues Great

Blues legend Willie Dixon was born on this day in 1915 and was one of the most prolific artists of all time. If you have never heard of him, he is known for being one of the main songwriters at the world famous (and local) Chess Records in Chicago. His songs have been performed by Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, Aerosmith, the Yardbirds, Cream, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elvis, and countless others. He is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip.

Here is a  link to his album, “Willie’s Blues” in our database, Naxos Jazz Library. Stream it for free with your Moraine Valley Library account.

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

On June 26 1948, Shirley Jackson’s horrifying short story was released in The New Yorker. The backlash was instant and massive. To this day it remains the most negative response the magazine has ever experienced. More than sixty years later, “The Lottery” remains one of the most shocking short stories ever written. Read or listen to one of the most controversial stories ever printed by clicking here for our print copy, or here for Hoopla audio book edition. Then watch the equally horrifying Encyclopaedia Britannica video production that was shown in schools throughout the US.

Analysis of ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson

11 Facts About Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

50 Years Ago This Happened

Abbey Moraine- Keleher & Arellano

Abbey Road turns 50 years old this year and the Moraine Valley Library is your source for all things Beatles! In honor of the classic album’s birthday, the Beatles released the entire officially licensed album on YouTube for free. Click this link to hear the playlist of all 17 tracks and click here to see our entire Beatles catalog.

Forget Annabelle and Chucky. Meet the REAL Robert the Doll.

Haunted dolls is the theme this box office weekend.  Two horror films starring Chucky and Annabelle open this Friday. If you enjoy movies like Annabelle Comes Home, or Child’s Play, then you really should know Robert the Doll.

Robert, is the most haunted doll in the world.

Locked in a museum in Key West, Florida, Robert the doll is known to allegedly curse visitors who don’t show him the proper respect.

Want to learn more?

Click the links to read articles from  from the Sioux City Journal, Atlas Obscura, or watch this PBS segment.

The Most Intense Chicago Crosstown Classic was the 1906 World Series

Crowd outside South Side Park, 1906 World Series

Can you imagine how intense a World Series would be if the Cubs played the White Sox? Chicago and its surrounding suburbs might rip itself apart. Well in 1906, the Cubs played the White Sox in a legendary six-game series. Back when there was no Wrigley Field, the Cubs hosted three games at West Side Park (located at the current site of the University of Illinois Medical Center) and the White Sox held three games at South Side Park (currently the Wentworth Gardens Community). Sound interesting?  Read the story about the most intense Chicago Crosstown Classic ever in Bernard A. Weisberger’s “When Chicago Ruled Baseball” available here on Hoopla.