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It Happened in May!

Read about some of the many history-making events occurred in the month of May:

Happy Birthday Wrigley Field!

Chicago's Wrigley Field opened 100 years ago today on April 23,baseball 1914. It has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916, and is the oldest active National League baseball park. The American League's Fenway Park in Boston is the oldest overall, having opened on April 20, 1912.


A nice little place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at one hundred by George F. Will


Wrigley Field: a celebration of the friendly confines by photos by Stephen Green ; text by Mark Jacob ; foreword by Ernie Banks


100 years of Wrigley Field [videodisc] by producer, Major League Baseball Production ; writer, Jeff Scott

Strange But True!

To quote Mark Twain "Truth is stranger than fiction..." and the following titles are certainly proof of that!

Lord Minimus: the extraordinary life of Britain's smallest man by Nick Page — Th true story of Jeffrey Hudson, the 18-inch "official dwarf" of the 17th century Stuart court.


The last alchemist: Count Cagliostro, master of magic in the age of reason by Iain McCalman — A fascinating account of the career of one of the most famous charlatans of the 18th century, Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who traveled all over Europe - usually one step ahead of the authorities - passing himself off as an alchemist and a healer.


Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben MacIntyre — Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.

Turn!

The new AMC drama Turn, starring Jamie Bell, tells the thrilling story of America's first spy ring during the Revolutionary War.  Known as the Culper RIng, it was made up of a farmer and his childhood friends in and around Long Island, New York. Based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, the drama was created and written by Michigan's own Craig Silverstein. For more  on this topic try some of these resources:

George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger


Unlikely allies: how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul


Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Great cathedral mystery [videodisc] by written, produced & directed by David Murdock


Twenty feet from stardom [videodisc] by Radius TWC ; a Gil Friesen production ; a Morgan Neville film ; produced by Caitrin Rogers ; produced by Gil Friesen ; directed by Morgan Neville ; Tremolo Productions.


Secret state of North Korea [videodisc] by a Hardcash Production for WGBH/Frontline ; producer, writer, and director: James Jones


Rewind this! [videodisc] by MPI Media Group ; directed by Josh Johnson; produced by Carolee Mitchell


Red metal [videodisc]: the copper country strike of 1913 by produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers


Secrets of Selfridges [videodisc] by Pioneer Productions ; produced and directed by Sam Taplin

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun


Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox


Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett


From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow


Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander


Dante by R.W.B. Lewis

Chicks 4 Charity Scholarships

Woman’s Life (Chapter 827) Chicks 4 Charity will be offering a $500 scholarship(s) for part time students and $1,000 scholarship(s) for full time students to women residing in the Canton area who are looking to improve or expand career opportunities. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited undergraduate Michigan college, university or trade school in the Fall of 2014 or Spring 2015. Preference will be given to women that demonstrate financial need, education or training needs, and those who are involved in the community. For additional information please contact Zlatina Dimova at dimova.zlatina@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014 and winners will be notified by June 6, 2014.

Movies to Watch on the Way to the Final 4

Coach Carter [videodisc] by MTV Music Television Films ; Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films production ; a Tollin/Robbins production ; a Thomas Carter film


The heart of the game [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents a Woody Creek production in association with Flying Spot Pictures ; a film by Ward Serrill


Hoop dreams [videodisc] by Fine Line Features presents


Hoosiers [videodisc] by Hemdale Film Corporation/A Carter De Haven Production


Hurricane season [videodisc] by Weinstein Company ; Dimension Films presents an I Am Entertainment production, a Tim Story film


March madness [videodisc]: the greatest moments of the NCAA tournament


More than a game [videodisc]