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2012 National Film Registry Inductees

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)

History at the Movies

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

Great Reads for History Buffs

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

2013 Grammy Nominations

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"

New Rock Biographies

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

Low Vision Reader

Canton Public Library maintains an Optelec ClearView Low Vision Reader for library users. The 18" Widescreen monitor has a fully adjustable monitor arm, adjustable brightness, and Photo Mode for viewing pictures. The LV Reader is located in Adult Services near the Library's fireplace. Assistance is available at the Adult Services Help Desk.

Snail Mail for Seniors: Create A Card

Snail Mail for Seniors is a non-profit group set up to send greeting cards and children's drawings to senior citizens free of charge. They aim particularly for the senior that does not usually receive many visitors or mail. Come to the Purple Room anytime between 2:00-4:00 PM on January 3 and create a card to send to these oft-overlooked members of our community. We will be focus on creating Valentine's Day cards. All ages are welcome to participate. Supplies provided.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months 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. January dates areJanuary 13 and 27 at 1:00 PM in the library Community Room.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering. See you on January 14 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.

Intermediate Excel

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel 2007 or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, January 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 AM.

Beginning Excel

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us Saturday, January 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Book Club Choices December 2012

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

Happy Birthday, Jamie Lee Burke

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.

Beginning Word 2007

Learn basic word processing skills including creating and
formatting text, printing and saving.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Join us Tuesday, January 22nd from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

MLK, Jr Movie Marathon

Please join us on Monday, January 21st as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King changed all of our lives during the 1960's civil rights movement. Share stories of his life with the following films:
  • 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

What the Presidential Election Means to Your Investments

Many investors are worried about how the recent Presidential election results will impact their portfolio. Financial expert and Observer & Eccentric columnist Rick Bloom will discuss ways to reach your financial goals by focusing on the proper investment strategies and not the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.

Join us on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM and learn to invest wisely.

New Session Added! : How to Choose the Right eReader

We Love eReadersDue to the popularity of our Thursday evening session, we have added another opportunity to attend this program:

Ready to make the leap into the world of eBooks, but not sure how to choose the right one for you? Join us on Saturday, December 8th from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Community Room to learn more about the current world of eBooks and eReaders, what features are common in today's eReader market, and the difference between popular models and brands. We'll also talk a bit about how the Library can help you make the most of your eReader.

Holiday Baking

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)

Christmas Mysteries

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.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, December 8