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Movies for Black History Month

Amistad [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures in association with HBO Pictures ; produced by Steven Spielberg


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc


Boycott [videodisc] by produced by Preston Holmes


Daughters of the dust [videodisc] by a Geechee Girls production


Down in the Delta [videodisc] by Miramax Films and Showtime present an Amen Ra Films and Chris/Rose Productions production


Get on the bus [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a 15 Black Men production in association with 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks ; a Spike Lee joint

Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.

Read the Book, See the Movie!

Many great titles will be coming to a big screen near you this year. Here are just a few:

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — February 7


Winter's tale by Mark Helprin — February 14


Divergent by Veronica Roth — March 21


The fault in our stars by John Green — June 6


The hundred-foot journey: a novel by Richard C. Morais — August 8


The giver by Lois Lowry — August 15

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

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.