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.

Outlander [DVD] seasons 1 and 2

The television series Outlander is one of the more popular programs on the Starz network. It is based on the best-selling books by author Diana Gabaldon. It combines adventure, romance, history, and fantasy into a thrilling experience that will have you on the edge of your seat.

The story opens shortly after World War II with English nurse Claire Randall and her husband vacationing in Scotland. Claire is mysteriously transported back nearly 200 years when she stumbles on a strange circle of stones. In the past she is captured by the evil English soldier, “Black Jack” Randall, who just happens to be her husband’s look-a-like ancestor. She is rescued by a group of Scotsmen that includes the handsome nobleman/outlaw Jamie Fraser. She returns with the group to their home, where she struggles with trying to fit into the vastly different and dangerous world she has entered while trying to figure out how to return to her own time and the husband she loves. In the midst of all of this, she must deal with her growing attraction to Jamie.

The library owns the two seasons that are available at this time. Season three is expected to air on Starz beginning in September, so hopefully by this time next year it will be on DVD. (We also have the books if you are interested in reading the series. They are all available in ebook format on Overdrive, and a few are in print.)

Please note that although the DVDs are not rated, the series has been rated TV-MA which means that it is intended for mature audiences. It contains a great deal of violence, some graphic sexual scenes, nudity, and language that may offend some viewers.

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