With Spider-Man swinging his way to millions at the box office and the sequel to the Fantastic Four ready to surf onto the silver screen next week It's easy to see why some people might think comic book films are solely about people dressing up in colored spandex and battling crime. But this isn't the case. Sure there are a large number of superhero films but there's been quite a few comic book films that don't involve costumed crime fighters.
The latest album by Joan Armatrading is a bit of a step in a different direction. As the title indicates, this highly talented singer/songwriter is venturing into the blues on what must be something like her 20th album. I've found her early work - all the way back to the 1970s - to be the most enjoyable period in her career, with many of the later albums somewhat lackluster. On first listen, "Into the Blues" sounds refreshing and worthy of further exploration.
You may have heard about Wizard Rock, the phenomenon of young people inspired by the Harry Potter books to create original music. These bands are getting noticed by MTV, Nashville Scene, and many others. The phenomenon comes to Canton as CPL welcomes international Wizard Rock superstars Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls with special guests Tom Riddle & Friends on July 21st, the day the final book in the Harry Potter series is released.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
June Teisan was named 2007-2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She is a seventh grade teacher at Harper Woods Secondary School with more than 20 years of classroom experience, was selected from 18 regional semifinalists statewide. Her message as Michigan Teacher of the Year will be: "Quality teaching makes a difference in the lives of children." She'll carry on the valued tradition of Michigan Teachers of the Year who have shared their teaching knowledge, expertise, and skills with educators across the state.
The New York Times asked several writers about books they have enjoyed over the last couple months, and why. Their choices might give you some ideas for summer reading beyond the usual fare. If the Canton Public Library doesn't own what your looking for, ask at the Reference desk.
In just 12 days, summer reading programs will commence at the Canton Public Library. Big prizes and fun programs are planned for ages 2 through adult. Click on this link for details on programs for kids and tweens. For teens, visit this page. Come in June 18 to register for all programs, including adult summer reading.
Classes in the Internet Lab are suspended for July and August so if you are interested in acquiring some new computer skills, sign up for one now. In the next couple weeks you could increase your Excel knowledge, learn how to work with graphics in Microsoft Word, and learn to download digital books. Sign up is easy if you have a Canton Public Library card. Just click here to access the program calendar. Don't have a Canton Public Library card yet? You can apply online here.
In a lecture at the Center for Naturalism, author Daniel C. Dennett uses the "meme" theory to suggest how some ideas survive selection, and argues for mandatory education in world religions. While few would doubt the importance of understanding religion from a social perspective, some "bristle at anyone who wants to investigate their practices and beliefs in a scientific manner." (from the jacket cover). The book upon which the lecture is based, Breaking the Spell, is also available in the library's catalog.
If you're like me, you were disappointed in the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Not to worry, though, as the library has a ton of great stuff on pirates. The history of pirates: from privateers to outlaws: Describes the history of pirates, including the reasons people became pirates and why the Golden Age of Piracy ended. The republic of pirates : being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down Jack Plank tells tales: Jack Plank is an ex-pirate who is looking for a new career and telling tales of his exploits along the way.
So I'm sitting here listening to Howard Shore's score for the movie "The Departed" looking for ideas to blog about when inspiration hit me. Why not do an entry about what "The Departed" is about? Going undercover in a criminal world and trying maintain your identity. Being forced to do a number of wrong things in order to do one big right one. So let's talk about some DVDs and graphic novels that explore the murky world of going undercover. "The Departed": I suppose we should start with the film that inspired this entry. Since this film came out last year I won't say much about it, except to say that Martin Scorsese's crime epic about a cop undercover as a crook and a crook undercover as a cop definitely deserved it's best picture Oscar win.
Scripps National Spelling Bee was held tonight in the Grand Hyatt ballroom in Washington, D.C. In round 13, an 8th grader from Danville, California, correctly spelled serrefine , which means small forceps for closing a wound, to win. Out of 286 other spellers, it was down to an American and a Canadian in the final round. Nate Gartke from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada misspelled, coryza, which means an upper respiratory tract infection. Evan won a trophy and a $35,000 prize, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works.
To start Mars is possibly one of the best seies ever, so if you haven't read it then trust me and read it because it's amazing. I know it's hard to believe, but I'm actually going to review volume 1 first. This story starts in the park with one of the main characters, Kira, drawing. Then the other main character, Rei, comes up and asks her for directions. (and yes, I'm going to ruin one part that I"m sure no ones guessed, these two main characters eventually fall for each other. I know very odd for a romance Manga series, but yes it happens) Kira recognizes Rei from school, draws him a map, unknowingly on the back of a picture of a mother and baby she had drawn, and leaves without saying anything.
Okay, this is one of my favorit series, so if you haven't read any start cause it's amazing. For those who haven't read here's the story. It begins with Tohru Honda being found camping on the Sohma proberty. Tohru was liveing in a tent because her mother had died and she didn't want to be a bother to her mothers family, her father had died when she was little and she doesn't know that side of her family. Shiguri Sohma owned the property and two other members of his family were staying with him, Kyo and Yuki. They lived outside the family property which consited of the main house where the head of the family and a selected few lived and then pretty much everyone else lived right out side that. The family property is like a lttle town on its own.
Author Jon Scieszka has a great new site with tons of fun and funny stuff for fans to check out. You can find an audio pronunciation guide to his last name (rhymes with 'fresca' but listen to his explanation-it's funnier), info on his books (including his picture books, Trucktown, and Time Warp Trio), a photo gallery, and a whole bunch more great stuff. Check it totally out!
ERIC in this case is not a boy's name, but the acronym for Educational Resources Information Center. This database contains extensive coverage on educational research and information with more than 1.2 million items indexed since 1966. ERIC is a busy database. Teachers, researchers, librarians and students conduct six million searches each month. Why Select ERIC? Interested in learning more about the renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act? Connect to ERIC and search for that topic and in the 2006 October issue of Phi Delta Kappan, which the Canton Public Library subscribes to that journal.
Three students from metro Detroit and 10 others from across the state are headed to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 80th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Nearly 300 newspapers in the United States, Canada and other countries sponsor the bee which is coordinated by the Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Company. Scripps produces the national finals, providing word lists and study materials. This year has a record number of contestants, with 139 boys and 147 girls. The two-day spelling event begins today. The semifinals air 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday on ESPN. The finals air 8-10 p.m. Thursday on ABC.
Our Fave Five page has a new look. Check it out, then think about sending us a list of five of your personal favorites (books, movies, music, even CD-ROMs, or any combination of them). Almost everyone likes to create lists. Now is your chance to share your two cents with the world.]< td>