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Children's Featured Films

It's one of the highest trafficked areas of Canton Public Library's Children's Department. We're talking about rows 20-22, where all the Children's Feature Films live. Here you'll find current favorites like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, and Thomas the Tank Engine. You'll also find full length movies, like Tangled, The Sandlot, and The Great Muppet Caper, when they're not already checked out that is! Have a favorite cartoon from when Mom and Dad were little? We probably have those too! Movies check out for a week and are free! So stop here first the next time you plan a Family Movie Night.

Iris Johansen Fans

Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan is going to the movies! Production started in Vancouver, B.C. just last week on The Killing Game, the second book in the Eve Duncan series. Two characters that have become reader favorites: Jane Maguire and Sarah Patrick were introduced in The Killing Game. Laura Prepon (That 70's Show) is playing Eve, and Naomi Judd will play Eve's mother Sandra. The Killing Game is scheduled to air on Lifetime this fall.

Can't wait? Re-read the book.

Remembering Peter Falk

Actor Peter Falk, best known for his role as the rumpled cop on the television series Columbo, died Thursday in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 83. He was a five-time Emmy winner for the career-defining role as an absent-minded detective who always got his man. In addition to television, Falk appeared in numerous films and received successive Academy Award nominations for Murder, Inc. and Pocketful of Miracles. He also appeared in the critically acclaimed A Woman Under the Influence and the family favorite The Princess Bride.

Summer Movies @ Canton Senior Center

Canton Township's Canton Seniors (55+) offers a great lineup of Summer Movies every Tuesday beginning July 7 through August 11.   The cost is $7 for Residents or $9 for Non-Residents for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the movie at 1 p.m. If you would like dessert and the movie the fee is $1. Please register at the Canton Senior Center desk at the Summit.  For more information contact the Senior Center at 734-394-5360.

July 7 "True Grit"
July 14 "The Kings Speech"
July 21 “The Fighter"
July 28 "127 Hour"
August 4 "Country Strong"
August 11 "Unstoppable"

Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

moviesel.jpgWednesday, June 22 is the opening night for the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, which will take place on Wayne State University's campus. Running through Sunday, the 26th, the festival will screen a variety of short films, documentaries, and music videos. Now in its fourth year, the festival includes several films with local interest. "Cornertore" — about life in a party store on Six Mile Road — and "Fordson: Faith - Fasting - Football" — about an Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn — are just two of the entries with Detroit area ties. A Tech Fair for aspiring filmmakers will also be held on June 25 from 11:30AM to 4:00PM. Tickets for the festival are $5. For more information call (313) 222-8879.

Green Lantern Movie Release Party at Comic City

Friday June 17, 6:30-8:00PM. Join us as we travel to Comic City for Green Lantern trivia, video games, HeroClix battles, animated shorts (watch Emerald Knights), and prizes. Celebrate in style, and go to the movie afterwards as a group!

Judy Moody Live on the Big Screen

The first big kid friendly release has hit the theaters, just in time for the last day of school. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer takes Megan McDonald's popular red-headed heroine from the page to the big screen. Judy Moody's plans for a super exciting summer are derailed when her two closest friends head off to more exciting adventures, and her parents leave for California, leaving Judy and her brother Stink in the care of Aunt Opal. Will this mean a major bummer summer for Judy, or will it turn out to be super after all? After you've seen the movie, discover (or enjoy for a second time) some of Judy's other adventures here at Canton Public Library!

Murder Will Out: Nero Wolfe Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

The New York based organization, The Wolfe Pack, announced the nominees for this year's Nero Wolfe Award.   The winner will be announced at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Black Orchid Banquet held the weekend of December 2 -4 in New York City.  The finalists are:

Rubber!

Do you enjoy keeping up with the films that play on the festival circuit? Do you like strange, art house thrillers? If so, you may just want to check out Rubber. Rubber, originating from France, featured prominently during 2010, playing Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI, and others, and is finally getting a U.S. release! The story centers around Robert, an inanimate tire, who discovers that he has destructive telepathic powers. He soon sets his sights on a desert town and a beautiful woman who becomes the focus of his obsession. Creating a path of destruction, Robert may just be the most interesting movie villain yet.

Between the Lions

Have you checked out Between the Lions yet? This PBS show is the step between Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. Between the Lions teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other reading methods. Kids just like it because the Lion family — Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona — are funny and there are lots of cartoons and songs. Canton Public Library has both seasons here on DVD. You can also visit Between the Lions online. There are lots of tips for parents and teachers there too!

K-on! Bring it on!

Love offbeat series like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!? Then check out K-on! It follows the foibles of a high school music club (they've just enough people to form a pop band — nevermind some can't play instruments). Filled with lots of quirky, short, often non-sequitur gags, this is the perfect thing for anime/music lovers looking for a laugh.

Something's Missing in the Children's DVD Collection

Beginning today, the J DVD collection is getting an update. Over the next month each J DVD will get a new three-letter label. These labels (that look just like the ones on the Adult DVDs) will make it easier to find the titles you're looking for.

J DVDs will not be available for check-out while they are being re-labeled. The good news is that each movie should be unavailable for less than one day. If you need help finding what you're looking for, please ask one of the librarians at the Children's Reference Desk.

International Languages For Kids

Did you know there's a section in the Children's Department just for materials in foreign languages? In our International Languages section, you'll find languages such as Spanish, French, Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Arabic, and many more. We have materials for helping you learn another language, as well as books and DVDs for entertainment. Ask a CPL librarian to show you this great section next time you come to the library!

Murder Will Out: A Conversation with Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris, author of the popular Sookie Stackhouse series AKA True Blood on HBO, will speak at the Michigan Theater on Monday, May 16 at 7:30PM. Ms. Harris will sign copies of her latest Sookie Stackhouse book Dead Reckoning. Tickets can be purchased at TicketWeb.com or by calling (866) 468-3401.

Ms. Harris is brought to you courtesy of Michigan Theater and Nicola's Books.

Life Among the Royals

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!

TV Series

Elizabeth I by HBO Films

Elizabeth R. Discs 1 & 2 by British Broadcasting Corporation

Murder Will Out: Sherlock

BBC One’s Sherlock, a clever, fast-paced TV updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Victorian detective saga, has won the 2010 Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Drama Series. "This was one of the most original and entertaining new series for years," the society declared in a canned statement. If you didn't get a chance to watch Sherlock on PBS, check it out at Canton Public Library.

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Elizabeth Taylor passed away today at the age of 79. She was well-known for her roles in prominent films, her illustrious marriages, and as an eccentric life-long celebrity. If you would like to rekindle memories of this wonderful actress, you can find the following at Canton Public Library:

DVDs

Cat on a hot tin roof

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Now that Spring is finally here and Opening Day is only a couple of weeks away, it's time to get back into the baseball swing of things! You can do that by watching some of the many great baseball themed films and documentaries in the Library's collection — or by reading up on your own Detroit Tigers. Batter up!

Feature Films

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.

The Lincoln Lawyer on the Big Screen

2011 Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is now showing at a theater near you. Matthew McConaughey plays a believable 'Mick' Haller (shortened from Mickey in the books) and Marisa Tomei plays Maggie McPherson, Haller's first wife.