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.

Beasts of the Southern Wild [DVD]

The low-budget drama film Beasts Of The Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin, stars the actress Quvenzhané Wallis as the character Hushpuppy and the actor Dwight Henry as the character Wink.

A big storm is approaching a small Louisiana bayou community called The Bathtub where a girl named Hushpuppy lives with her father Wink. Hushpuppy and her father Wink and several members of the community do not evacuate before the storm arrives, and the film explores the relationship between Hushpuppy and Wink and some other members of their community with a few occasional fantasy elements thrown in.

I like it because even though the low-budget limited this film's potential, it was still well-acted to the point that it sometimes felt real or like a documentary. Some of the other things I liked are the funny and emotional moments, the fantasy elements, the father and daughter relationship, and the portrayal of survivors of a storm and their sense of community.

I think that other people would like it because it is a good and unique low-budget dramatic film that involves family and community before, during, and after a major storm. I think that Beasts Of The Southern Wild is worth watching. It was probably one of the best films that I saw last year, and it was a film that surprised me and that almost made me cry. I am glad that I watched it even though I had no idea what it was about before I watched it.

If Beasts of the Southern Wild interests you, feel free to request or check it out. We'll be back next Thursday with a different Staff Pick.