Discover the intriguing stories behind caviar, rubber, barbed wire, the electric chair and the color blue — among others!
Bananas: an American history by Virginia Scott Jenkins — Before 1880, most Americans had never seen a banana, but by 1910 bananas were so common that the streets were littered with their peels.
If Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming wedding has piqued your interest in all things royal, then check out the following films and television series from the Library's collection. And don't forget to set your alarm clock for 6:00AM Friday morning to catch all of the festivities!
Elizabeth I by HBO Films
Elizabeth R. Discs 1 & 2 by British Broadcasting Corporation
You've probably heard the expression "Every picture tells a story." Well, it seems that even the most familiar objects have a story to tell. If you've ever wondered about the origins of your microwave, or why teacups have handles, or just where did those foam peanuts in your package came from, then this is the place for you!
At home: a short history of private life by Bill Bryson — While walking through his own home, a former Church of England rectory built in the 19th century, the author reconstructs the fascinating history of the household, room by room. The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade, and on and on.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Confederate forces let by Brig. General P.G.T. Beauregard demanded the surrender of the fort and opened fire when the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, refused. He was forced to evacuate the next day, however, and this battle became the first engagement of the war. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulyssses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.
The Bad News Bears — In the orignal version, Walter Matthau is a grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team.
- Airplane! (1980)
- All the President's Men (1976)
- Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB (1967)
- The Exorcist (1973)
- The Front Page (1931)
- Grey Gardens (1976)
- It's a Gift (1934)
- Malcolm X (1992)
- McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
- Newark Athlete (1891)
- The Pink Panther (1964)
- Saturday Night Fever (1977)
- Star Wars. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
The complete list can be found here.
Adam — A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor.
Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.
The blind side — Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama.
Let the Canton Public Library and this Special Collection help you learn about, prepare for, and celebrate the New Year!
Encylopedia of Christmas and New Year's celebrations by Tanya Gulevich — Entries are arranged alphabetically discussing the history, traditions, symbols and observances of Christmas and the surrounding holidays and celebrations.
Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.
Manhunt : the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson
Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
Triangle : the fire that changed America by David Von Drehle
- The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
- thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991.