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Monuments Men

A new film based on the book The Monuments Men will be in theaters this February. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett, it tells the true story of a group of museum directors, architects, sculptors, and art lovers who were recruited into a special unit - dubbed "The Monuments Men" -  whose job it was to protect and recover art that had been looted by the Nazis. For more histories of stolen art, check out one of these titles:

Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel


Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury


The forger's spell: a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century by Edward Dolnick


Hitler's holy relics: a true story of Nazi plunder and the race to recover the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

2013 National Film Registry Inductees

The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress has just announced its list of inductees for 2013. 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.

Forbidden planet [videodisc] by M-G-M

Gilda [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures Corporation ; story by E.A. Ellington ; adaptation by Jo Eisinger ; screen play by Marion Parsonnet ; produced by Virginia Van Upp ; directed by Charles Vidor

Judgment at Nuremberg [videodisc] by Roxlom ; United Artists

Year 2013 Top Movie Picks

Argo [videodisc] by screenplay by Chris Terrio ; produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney ; directed by Ben Affleck — On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped - and a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.


The conjuring [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company/Evergreen Media Group ; writers, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes ; produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan ; director, James Wan — The true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.


Despicable me 2 [videodisc] by Illumination Entertainment ; Universal Pictures presents a Chris Meledandri production ; directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin ; produced by Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy ; written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. — Recruited by the Anti-Villain League, Gru helps deal with a powerful new super criminal.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Branca's pitch [videodisc] by Strand Releasing presents ; a film by Andrew J. Muscato


Buddy Guy, listen to this: a musical documentary [videodisc]


In the footsteps of Van Gogh [videodisc] by directed by Dominik Rimbault


JFK remembered [videodisc]: 50 years later by Enduring Freedom Productions ; Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc ; directed by Robert D. Kline ; producers, Stephanie A. Heredia ; written by Robert D. Kline, Stephanie A. Heredia


The mighty Mississippi [videodisc] by with Trevor McDonald


Pearl Jam [videodisc]: see no evil, hear no evil /


Secrets of Scotland Yard [videodisc]

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Conversations with myself by Nelson Mandela ; [foreword by Barack Obama]

Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Mandela, Nelson, 1918-

Mandela: a critical life by Tom Lodge

Playing the enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation by John Carlin

Young Mandela by David James Smith

Nelson Mandela: a biography by Martin Meredith

In his own words by Nelson Mandela ; edited by Kader Asmal, David Chidester, Wilmot James

Affordable Care Act Resources

Starting on October 1, HealthCare.gov will be the home of the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow residents to find, compare, and purchase health coverage. Open enrollment will end on March 1, 2014. The following resources can help you find out more about the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain affordable health coverage for you and your family.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

JFK [videodisc] by written by Mark Zwonitzer ; produced and directed by Susan Bellows


Is school enough? [videodisc] by produced by Mobile Digital Arts in association with TPT National Productions ; produced and directed by Stephen Brown.


We steal secrets [videodisc]: the story of Wikileaks by Focus World presents a Jigsaw/Global Produce production ; an Alex Gibney film ; produced by Marc Shmuger, Alex Gibney, Alexis Bloom ; written and directed by Alex Gibney


Latino Americans [videodisc]: the 500-year legacy that shaped a nation by produced by Nina Alvarez, Adriana Bosch, Daniel McCabe, Cathleen O'Connell, Ray Telles, John Valadez ; directed by David Belton, Sonia Fritz


North America [videodisc] by produced by Adam Chapman, Justin Anderson, Mark Brownlow ; written by Sarah Kass, Max Salomon, Laura Fravel, James Manfull, Jeanine Isabel Butler


Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time by Artist Not Provided

John F. Kennedy Assassination 50th Anniversary

 John F. Kennedy, the 36th president of the United States was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago this year. It was an unforgettable day for most Americans who grew up in the 1960s, leaving a lasting impression on many of them. "Where were you when you heard about President Kennedy's assassination?" would become a recurring question of the time.