Need a suggestion for something to read or watch from the library this weekend? Maybe you'd like to check out an ebook or audiobook? Try some of our Staff Picks, to find what some of the other people in our parish are enjoying.

We know that not every staff pick will appeal to every patron, but not to worry! If you need help selecting something, we have online tools like Book Browse and our Online Catalog, or you can ask one of our friendly staff members to help search for you.

The Visit[DVD], directed by M Night Shyamalan

The low-budget found footage horror film The Visit by the director M. Night Shyamalan is about a brother and sister going to visit their grandparents (their mom’s parents) for the first time for several days. They have never seen them before in any form, no photographs or anything, because their mom had a disagreement with her parent’s many years ago and left without ever speaking to them again. They were born during this period so they never met them before. during their visit they film the experience, and they start noticing strange behaviors from their grandparents during their visit.

I liked The Visit more than I had expected because it kept my attention with its found footage style, the personality of some of the characters, it was better than your average American horror film, it kept me guessing and trying to figure out what was really going on, and even though I was trying to solve the mystery the entire film the final plot twist still surprised me and I did not see it coming because the film did a good job throwing you off with some fake clues and other distractions.

I think that other people will like it because it is somewhat different from your usual American horror film, because of the mystery and because of the final plot twist. I think that The Visit is worth watching once, and it was nice to see M. Night Shyamalan make a good film again on a low-budget.

If The Visit interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.