The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress has just announced its list of inductees for 2012. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Libary's collections can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.
3:10 to Yuma [videodisc] — Starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin (1957)
Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia; Otto Preminger presents — Starring James Stwart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara (1959)
Born yesterday [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures Corporation — Starring Judy Holliday, William Holden (1950)
This year has seen several new films based or inspired on historical figures and events. Lincoln, Hitchcock, On the Road, Argo, and Hyde Park on Hudson are all either in theatres now — or soon will be. If you want to be an educated viewer try one of the titles below:
Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Rise to greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's most perilous year by David Von Drehle
Armchair historians can't go wrong with this diverse list of recently published biographies and histories:
Thomas Jefferson: the art of power by Jon Meacham
The man who saved the union: Ulysses Grant in war and peace by H.W. Brands
The passage of power by Robert A. Caro
Nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced recently. The winners will be revealed February 10, 2013 at the 55th Grammy Award Show. In the meantime you can find the nominees for the major categories in the Library's collection:
Channel orange [sound recording] by Frank Ocean — Album of the Year
El Camino [sound recording] by the Black Keys — Album of the Year
Babel [sound recording] by Mumford & Sons — Album of the Year
Blunderbuss [sound recording] by Jack White — Album of the Year
Some nights [sound recording] by Fun — Album of the Year
Stronger [sound recording] by Kelly Clarkson — Record of the Year — "Stronger"
Red [sound recording] by Taylor Swift — Record of the Year — "Red"
Making mirrors [sound recording] by Gotye — Record of the Year — "Making Mirrors"
Just in time for Christmas! Check out one of these new biographies of your favorite rock stars:
Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin
My cross to bear by Gregg Allman with Alan Light
A natural woman: a memoir by Carole King
Waging heavy peace: a hippie dream by Neil Young
How about discussing a book by a Michigan author and/or story-based in Michigan?
Shadow of a doubt by William J. Coughlin
The complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway by Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
Legends of the fall by Jim Harrison
The Neon Rain by James L. Burke — James Lee Burke, author of the award-winning Dave Ribocheaux series and a series featuring Billy Bob Holland, Texas attorney and his cousin, Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, was born this month on December 5, 1936.
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Join us Tuesday, January 22nd from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.
- 12:00 Noon — Man of Peace in a Time of War
- 1:15 PM — King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man
- 3:00 PM — In Remembrance of Martin
Join us on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM and learn to invest wisely.
Not sure what to make for those holiday parties or cookie exchanges? Is your cookie jar empty? Do you have a sweet tooth that can only be sated by the very best in seasonal baked goods?
Have no fear! Canton Public Library is here to help with these top-notch cookbooks, specializing in putting some extra sweetness in your sugarplums: (Note: If you do end of baking a dozen or so extra delicious cookies, please join us on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 PM, for our Family Holiday Cookie Competition, or share your recipe on CPL's recipe blog)
Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.
Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.
- Saturday, December 8