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Lincolnmania!

Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated new film Lincoln opens on November 9. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, it is inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book Team of Rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on Lincoln's final few months in office, specifically his tireless efforts to get the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (abolishing slavery) passed.

Navy Ships to Commemorate Detroit's Part in the War of 1812

Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.

The British Army at Mackinac, 1812-1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan; illustrated by Eric Manders

Weather Behaving Badly

If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record. For more reading on weather and what it has done — and can do — check out some of these titles:

The great warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian Fagan

The winds of change: climate, weather, and the destruction of civilizations by Eugene Linden

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture, Part 3

Look for these films based on popular books in your local theater in the coming months:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — Starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson. Release date: October 2012

Les misérables by Victor Hugo — Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe. Release date: December 2012

Lay the favorite: a memoir of gambling by Beth Raymer — Starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Release date: October 2012

On the road by Jack Kerouac — Starring Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen. Release date: December 2012

Gore Vidal 1925-2012

Gore Vidal, the noted author, playwright and essayist has died at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. Vidal was also known as an outspoken political commentator. During his long literary career he wrote some 25 novels, several screenplays, and more than 200 essays. He also appeared in several films, including the politcal satire Bob Roberts.

1876: a novel by Gore Vidal

Burr: a novel by Gore Vidal

Summer Olympians

The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London beginning July 27 and concluding on August 12. Officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the games will comprise 32 sports and 302 events. Locally, you can catch all of the exciting coverage on NBC. In the mean time, however, you can catch up on the stories of past Summer Olympians at the Library:

Rome 1960: the Olympics that changed the world by David Maraniss

Something in the air: American passion and defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters

Dream team: how Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever by Jack McCallum

Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

Movie and television actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95. His long career included many memorable roles in films such as Bad Day at Black Rock, From Here to Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, and The Poseidon Adventure. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1955 for his title role in the film Marty as a lovelorn butcher, and also appeared on numerous roles on television, including the lead on the comedy McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966, and in the 1980s on the action drama Airwolf.

You've Got Mail!

A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz

Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler

As Time Goes By

Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by a Harmony Gold & ReteEuropa production ; in association with Valente/ Baerwald


The big clock [videodisc] by a Paramount picture


The clock [videodisc] by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture


Clockwatchers [videodisc] by Goldcrest Films International

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has passed away from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 71. Ephron directed eight feature films and was credited as screenwriter on more than a dozen. She earned three Oscar nominations for writing Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and Silkwood. Perhaps her best known novel was Heartburn which was based on her marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein. She began her career in the 1960s as a reporter for the New York Post , and in the 1970s wrote columns for the magazines Esquire and New York.