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Shirley Temple Black, 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black, the singing, dancing, rosy-cheeked child star of so many depression-era films, died Monday night at age 85.

Shirley was best known for films about precocious orphans with the charm and energy to lighten the lives of her adoptive families, such as Heidi or Curly Top. Young Shirley began dance lessons at age 3 and by 5 she was performing on film.  She won an honorary Academy Award at age 6 and earned $3 million in her young career before retiring from film at the age of 22.  In the years after her "retirement" she became involved in politics, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and later becoming an outspoken proponent for women's health after her own battle with breast cancer.

Our eMedia

Enjoy the library's rich resources from home! Instead of having to go out in the cold, or to navigate your way in the library building currently under partial construction, you can simply go to our eMedia page, pick and choose to borrow our ebooks, eAudiobooks, music, and videos. Have a homework assignment or research project? Use our many databases to find your answers. Interested in taking an online course? Our February Learn4Life classes start on the 19th. Sign up for a new way to learn.

The Beatles Come to America!

BeatlesFebruary 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America. It was on this day in 1964 that the group  arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport for their first visit to United States soil. Two days later they made their first of four appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show  (three times in 1964 and once in 1965) and Beatlemania was born! It has been estimated that 73 million viewers were watching that first night. Baby Boomers - and music lovers everywhere!

Savvy Seniors: February 2014

FREE TAX COUNSELING

Canton Seniors Center
is offering free tax counseling on Tuesdays through April 15.  Morning and afternoon appointments are available with a tax counselor volunteer. Joint return appointments must be scheduled for mornings only. Call the Canton Senior Center desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment today! This an AARP-sponsored service.

Biographies for Black History Month

The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood


The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom


Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp


A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch


Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   You know, LB has done some pretty cool stuff, but this might just be the coolest thing he's done in a very long time.   LB was at Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend.   You know, the big game where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos.  And not only did he go to the game, but he went to a Victory Party afterwards where he got *this close* to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Whoa.  Of course, in order to get LB through security, he needed to go like Flat Stanley. Have you read that book? It's a good one. While I think LB will be basking in the excitement of this adventure for awhile, it really makes me want some Marshawn Lynch's Skittles.   Mmmmm...
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

12 Years a Slave

Set in the antebellum United States, the new film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Brad Pitt. For more reading:

The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Bullwhip days

Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin

The life and adventures of Henry Bibb: an American slave by Henry Bibb ; with a new introduction by Charles J. Heglar

Movies for Black History Month

Amistad [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures in association with HBO Pictures ; produced by Steven Spielberg


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc


Boycott [videodisc] by produced by Preston Holmes


Daughters of the dust [videodisc] by a Geechee Girls production


Down in the Delta [videodisc] by Miramax Films and Showtime present an Amen Ra Films and Chris/Rose Productions production


Get on the bus [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a 15 Black Men production in association with 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks ; a Spike Lee joint

Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.

Philosophy: The Best of 2011-2013

If you enjoyed Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy we would like to recommend similar books and DVDs in our collection from the “Best Books in Psychology and Philosophy” lists for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Examined life: excursions with contemporary thinkers by edited by Astra Taylor

Examined life [videodisc] by Sphinx Productions in co- productions with the National Film Board of Canada in association with Ontario Media Development Corporation, TVO and Knowledge Network

The problems of philosophy, by Bertrand Russell by Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970

A history of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Intuition pumps and other tools for thinking by Daniel C. Dennett

Read the Book, See the Movie!

Many great titles will be coming to a big screen near you this year. Here are just a few:

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — February 7


Winter's tale by Mark Helprin — February 14


Divergent by Veronica Roth — March 21


The fault in our stars by John Green — June 6


The hundred-foot journey: a novel by Richard C. Morais — August 8


The giver by Lois Lowry — August 15

2014 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

This award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. 

This year's winner is:

P.S. be eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia



This year's honor books are:

March. Book one by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers


Words with wings by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me," illustrated by Bryan Collier is the 2014 King illustrator book winner.  The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group. Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the King illustrator Honor book.

Warm up with a Romance

Thrill ride by Julie Ann Walker — Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come---spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren't sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team---especially his partner, Vanessa---is to run...


Coming undone by Lauren Dane — More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need--wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need to what they truly desire.


Hot pursuit: a Sugarland blue novel by Jo Davis — Years ago, Taylor was part of a botched hostage situation that ended with him being hailed as a tough-as-nails hero, even though the pain, fear, and shame from that terrible day still haunt him. Cara Evans couldn’t care less about Taylor’s pain. In the moment he became a so-called hero, she lost someone she dearly loved. Yet neither of them is prepared for the instant attraction that flares between them--or the danger that’s soon hot on their heels.

Newbery Award Winners for 2014

The John Newbery Medal for 2014 has been awarded to:


Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell



Newbery Honor books for 2014 are:



Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler


The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


One came home by Amy Timberlake


Paperboy by Vince Vawter