The Audio-Visual Newsletter

Clip artClip art The AV Newsletter is created by Skokie Public Library staff and produced several times a year. Each issue contains viewing and listening recommendations as well as selected lists of movies and music.


Take a look at recent issues!
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  • Fall 2013
    Ease into a good mystery series with Inspector Morse and its spinoffs. Discover a hidden gem among the Criterion collection. Don’t miss Toby’s latest CD recommendations. And, as always, we have lists of new AV releases.
  • Spring 2013
    See what’s new on DVD and CD. Toby reviews recent music releases that were worth the wait. And be sure to check out our annotated viewalike lists for the movies Argo and Lincoln.
  • Winter 2013
    Find lists of new releases on DVD and CD. Toby’s “Can’t Miss Music” column highlights a new generation of original artists whose CDs you can find in the Library’s collection. And we have some great viewing suggestions for fans of the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
  • Fall 2012
    Get current with the latest DVD and CD releases. And be sure to check out Toby’s latest "Can’t-Miss Music" column and find out how less is more. Finally, if you missed London via the Summer Olympics, have a look at our movie recommendations featuring that wonderful, cosmopolitan city.
  • Spring 2012
    In this issue find annotated lists for Downton Abbey viewalikes and John Le Carre  movie adaptations. Toby’s "Can’t-Miss Music" column features the garage band Heartless Bastards and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.  And, as always, we have lists of hot new DVD and CD releases. Enjoy!
  • Fall 2011/Winter 2012
    Mark your lists for the latest movie and music releases and see our viewalike recommendations for The Help. We've spotlighted four new outstanding Masterpiece productions. And Toby’s "Can’t-Miss Music" column features a few great albums from women musicians. Check it out!
  • September/October 2011
    Read a feature on the wonderful actor and director Kenneth Branagh. See a list of actors who played Mr. Rochester in various versions of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. And don’t miss our "Can’t-Miss Music" column highlighting recordings by legends Paul McCartney and Mavis Staples.
  • June/July 2011
    Kick off summer by exploring the work of Jeff Bridges, taking a “follically” inspired musical tour, watching dragon DVDs, and more!
  • April/May 2011
    Loved The King’s Speech? Discover some viewalikes in this issue. Also on tap: Our Cannes Film Fest favorites, new DVDs and CDs, and fresh music from around the globe.
  • February/March 2011
    Read about Oscar-nominated documentaries, go wild with nature DVDs, and bid a fond farewell to the White Stripes with our latest issue.
  • December 2010/January 2011
    Chase away the winter blues with a sunny installment of "Can't-Miss Music," a Golden Globe Awards roundup, and a spotlight on the films of British director Mike Leigh.
  • October/November 2010
    Did you know that the Library has a large collection of television series? See our short list of "New TV Classics". For a bit of outrageous reality, see our DVD spotlight on "Extreme Jobs". As usual, we have lists of new DVD and CD releases and another excellent "Can't-Miss Music" column with more excellent recommendations.
  • July/August 2010
    Wind down your summer with some intriguing Scandinavian films, classic TV series on DVD, new CDs and movies, and the latest installment of the "Can't-Miss Music" column.
  • April/May 2010
    Find recommendations for learning fun facts, history, and science via DVD. We also have Masterpiece Classic suggestions. See lists of hot new releases. And always interesting and informative, check out our latest "Can't-Miss Music" column.
  • February/March 2010
    Our late winter newsletter will have you thinking "into" the box with a look at boxed-set CDs. Also featured: part two of our spotlight on British TV mysteries and a list of new movie and music releases available at the Library.
  • November/December 2009
    Read all about the latest can't-miss music, the best Thanksgiving movies, the legacy of filmmaker John Hughes, and new CD and DVD arrivals.
  • August/September 2009
    Find new releases on CD and DVD, get the rundown on our fall World Film Fest, and devour some delicious movies about food and cooking.
  • June/July 2009
    Our summer edition features new music and DVDs, the best in British TV mysteries, and "hot" movies for fair-weather days.
  • April/May 2009
    Spring into the season with Slumdog Millionaire and a celebration of Indian film, a spotlight on Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, and new DVDs and CDs.
  • February/March 2009
    Get cozy with some romantic comedies, check out viewalikes for Twilight, and catch up on the latest DVDs and CDs that have been added to our collection.
  • December 2008/January 2009
    Check out new movie and CD releases, the most overlooked DVDs of 2008, the latest installment of our "Can't-Miss Music" column, and viewalikes for the film Mamma Mia!
  • October/November 2008
    Catch up with the latest DVD and CD releases, sample viewalikes for The Visitor, and learn about the films of Mexican auteur Guillermo del Toro and the music of pop chanteuse Robyn.
  • August/September 2008
    Get ready for autumn with new DVD and CD releases, viewalikes for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and a spotlight on the powerful drama The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
  • June/July 2008
    New DVD and CD releases plus featured movie and music reviews, Viewalike suggestions for fans of Iron Man and Indiana Jones, and a spotlight on the films of Sydney Pollack.
  • April/May 2008
    See what's new on DVD and CD. Check out our Can't Miss Music article. Find movie viewalikes lists, and featured reviews for August Rush and Paris, Je T'Aime. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with film and music suggestions.
  • February/March 2008
    Celebrate Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Check out movie suggestions for Black History Month. Find lists of new DVDs and CDs. Catch up with women directors; see featured reviews of Across the Universe and The Jane Austen Book Club.
  • December 2007/January 2008
    Have a look at the latest DVD and CD releases, 30 rockin' good soundtracks, recent anime titles, the 2007 Emmy winners, and a featured movie review.
  • Fall 2007
    See a list of new DVDs and CDs, horror movies from around the world, 2007 Latin Grammy nominees, and Discovery Channel shows available on DVD.
  • Summer 2007
    Find new releases on DVD and CD, films about Australia, Bollywood soundtracks, and IMAX favorites.
  • Spring 2007
    Our newest DVDs and music plus dragon movies for kids, a roundup of the Oscar winners and nominees, the countdown to the latest Harry Potter movie, and selections for our summer World Film Fest.
  • Winter 2007
    Sample movies about food and wine, explore Scotland and other exotic locations without ever leaving your armchair, experience British television, keep your eye on new directors Sofia Coppola and Alejandro González Iñárritu and, as always, be the first to know about our newest DVDs and CDs!
  • Fall 2006
    Lassie movies old and new, family-friendly movies with witches and ghosts, new world music CDs, modern takes on timeless tales, new DVD and CD releases, and much more!
  • Summer 2006
    Featuring movies about dogs, films starring the city of Chicago and Chicagoland, pirate movies, new music and DVDs for kids and adults, a spotlight on director Deepa Mehta, and more for your summer listening and viewing pleasure.
  • Spring 2006
    Lists of movies about dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Leonardo Da Vinci, the Jeff Corwin Experience, Asian-themed films, as well as new DVDs and CDs.
  • Winter 2006
    Featuring King Kong music and movies, our newest DVDs for kids and grown-ups, new music on CD, Black History Month documentaries, and more!
  • Fall 2005
    New music from your favorite artists, horror movies to celebrate the spooky season, kid's books made into movies, up and coming Chicagoland artists, new CDs and DVDs, and more!
  • Summer 2005
    Movies from and inspired by the books of Jane Austen, baseball movie favorites, Hawaiian music suggestions, audiobooks for family car rides, plus new CDs, DVDs, and more.
  • Spring 2005
    Anime by Hayao Miyazaki, Star Wars recap, hot music CDs, the latest from favorite recording artists, and other recommendations.
  • Premiere Issue: Winter 2005
    Overlooked films, cool documentaries, sequels and remakes, new musical artists, blasts from the past, and more!