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Oscar Nominations

Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced January 24. Several of the nominated films and performances are already available in the Library's collection. Among the nominees for Best Picture ready to check out are:

The Help [videodisc]

Midnight in Paris [videodisc]

Moneyball [videodisc]

The tree of life [videodisc]

2012 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2012 Youth Media Awards. Here are the winners, with special mentions below:

Winners

Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — Newbery Medal.

A ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka — Caldecott Medal

Newbery Medal Winner for 2012 Awarded

Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — has been awarded the Newbery Medal for 2012.

Newbery Honor books for 2012 are:

Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Murder Will Out: 2011 Hammett Award Nominees Announced

2011 North American Hammett Prize nominees have been announced by the International Crime Writers Association — North American Branch. The organization will name the Hammett Prize winner, during the Bloody Words Conference, in Toronto, June 1-3, 2012. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

Feast day of fools: a novel by James Lee Burke

Claire DeWitt and the city of the dead [sound recording]: [a mystery] by Sara Gran

The cat's table by Michael Ondaatje

The informant by Thomas Perry

The killer is dying: a novel by James Sallis

Author Event: Sara Paretsky

Breakdown by Sara Paretsky — A first time Skype Event at Nicola's Books. Sara Paretsky will join Nicola's Books patrons via an Internet video conference on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM. A screen and projector hooked to a laptop will bring Ms. Paretsky to you to discuss her new V.I. Warshawski.

Author Appearance: Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son: a novel by Adam Johnson — Author Adam Johnson will speak at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 PM in Ann Arbor.

Murder Will Out: 2012 Edgar Award Nominations Announced

The Mystery Writers of America have announced its nominees for the 2012 Edgar Awards for the best mystery writing in fiction, non-fiction, television, and production.

If You Like Downton Abbey

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, the popular PBS series Downton Abbey centers on the Crawley family, their servants and their life at their grand country home. However, the death of the Crawley heir aboard the Titanic, sets in motion a succession of changes for both the family and the servants. The second season — which began on PBS on January 8 — has moved forward to the years 1916-17 and portrays the effect that World War I has on all of their lives. This Emmy Award winning series is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Elizabeth McGovern. If you enjoy this period of history try some of the following titles.

Books

The American heiress: a novel by Daisy Goodwin — Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

Below Stairs — The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Powell, Margaret — The remarkable true story of a woman who served in one of the great houses of England as a kitchen maid.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.

The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Older Adults: February 2012

An Evening with Nicholas Delbanco at Nicola's Book Store (Ann Arbor) on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 PM. Enjoy an evening with Nicholas Delbanco for a discussion regarding his latest non-fiction book:

Lastingness: the art of old age by Nicholas Delbanco — one of America's most celebrated men of letters profiles great geniuses in the fields of visual art, literature, and music-Monet, Verdi, O'Keeffe, Yeats, among others — searching for the answers to why some artists' work diminishes with age, while others' reaches its peak.

Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

The past year saw several popular books made into movies. The Help, Moneyball, War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Extemely Loud & Incredibly Close were just a few of the titles that were made into successful films. And 2012 is shaping up to be just as full of books-into-film productions as 2011. Listed below are only a few of the titles to be released in theaters this year. Get a head start on your reading and stay tuned for more in the coming months!

Abraham Lincoln: vampire hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith — Starring Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper. Release date: June 2012

Breaking dawn by Stephenie Meyer — Part 2. Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Release date: November 2012

Older Adults

If you, or someone you know, is having problems with Medicare/Medicaid applications or questions about coverage, trained MMAP Counselors are available to answer your questions and assist you with your application. By calling 800-803-7174, individuals will be routed to their local MMAP office. The Senior Alliance, serving older adults living in Western Wayne County, is your resource for information and help. Their phone number is 734-722-2830 or 800-815-1112 (Southeast Michigan only).

Publisher

Learn how to create greeting cards, certificates or brochures with Microsoft Publisher and volunteer instructor Asha on Wednesday, February 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Tai Chi

As part of Canton township's 100 Days to Health and the library's multicultural programming, we are pleased to welcome Julie Burns. We will learn about and practice Tai Chi. Please wear loose fitting clothing and join us on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM.

Raw Food Demo with Chef Tobias Perry

To help promote Canton Township's 100 Days to Health initiative, we welcome local chef Tobias Perry who will demonstrate recipes for vegans, vegetarians and all foodies using only a blender and a food processor on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM.

The Underground Railroad in Michigan by Carol Mull

In the mid-nineteenth century, Michigan citizens rose up to protest the moral offense of slavery. Among other campaigns, the Underground Railroad was established as a network of escape from slavery. Local author Carol Mull shares first-person accounts with an historical overview as we continue our celebration of Black History Month. Join us on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 PM for this meaningful evening.

Canton Christian Fellowship Praise Choir

We are celebrating Black History Month with the return visit of the Praise Choir from the Canton Christian Fellowship Church under the direction of music director Darren Patterson. Come join the celebration on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 PM.

Tending to the Ending

Planning for the end of life care for your parents, your loved ones or yourself can be a daunting task. End-of-life educator and consultant, Judy Papler-Welliver will have the answers to make this job easier. She will even bring the forms necessary for making it all work on Thursday, January 26th, at 7:00 PM.