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A call to remember notable events, especially surprise attacks and disasters, is a well-known trope in the cultural memory. As George Santayana quipped, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So, in case you have forgotten, here are some resources for remembrance of things past:

Remember the Alamo

The Alamo: a cultural history by Frank Thompson

Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's last stand and other mysteries of the Texas Revolution by James E. Crisp

The Alamo [videodisc] by The History Channel

Remember the Maine

How the battleship Maine was destoyed by H.g. Rickover

Happy Birthday Thorndyke!

Some one very special had a birthday this past Sunday, January 16th! Thorndyke, Canton Public Library's very own resident bruin celebrated his special day pretty much the same way he spends every day, hanging around at the library. What's a great way to commemorate his special day? By Checking out a bear friendly movie here from Canton Public Library! Here are a few Thorndyke approved suggestions…

Bear in the Big Blue House: Dance party!

Berenstain Bears: Berenstain Bears adventure & fun for everyone

Year 2010 Top Movie Picks

Adam — A romantic character study examining the obstacles to intimacy and the compromises we make in the name of love, Adam stars Hugh Dancy as a man living with Asperger's syndrome who does his best to reach out to his pretty new upstairs neighbor.

Avatar — Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.

The blind side — Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama.

Celebrate Dr. King

Saturday, January 15 would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday. We celebrate his life, his message, and the spirit of the Civil Rights movement on the third Monday of every January. For some, this means a day off of work or school; for many others it's a day of community service (Find volunteer opportunities on the All for Good site). Whether you choose to serve, attend special community events, or simply reflect, Canton Public Library has useful resources for you:

Martin Luther King — Books

Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

The Word of the Lord is upon me: the righteous performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Jonathan Rieder

What would Martin say? by Clarence B. Jones and Joel Engel

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Underrated Christmas Movies

These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time.  Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.

The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.

Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?

Never Too Sick to Enjoy These Holiday Movies

It seems like the holidays are also peak sickness time. After spending my Thanksgiving under the weather, I came up with my favorite holiday movies that I'm never too sick to enjoy.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas!





White Christmas





Christmas in Connecticut




Batman: Under the Hood

It's hard to talk about Batman: under the red hood without giving anything away, but suffice it to say this comic forever changed the Batman mythos. "The Red Hood", a moniker once used by the Joker before he became "The Joker", is now being used by a new, mysterious figure in Gotham City who's killing off drug lords, and Batman has to stop him. DC has now brought this classic comic to life as the next in their series of animated, comic movies! Check it out!

Rapunzel hits the big screen

Disney's new animated movie, Tangled, is releasing next week for Thanksgiving. It happens to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Rapunzel. If your kids aren't familiar with the tale, now would be the time to check it out! For a more off-beat introduction, try Falling For Rapunzel. It's a loose adaption of the story, but the pictures, the rhyme and the humor appeal to all ages. For older readers there's Rapunzel's Revenge, a graphic novel authored by Shannon Hale, who also wrote Princess Academy. This retelling sets the tale in the Wild West, and spunky Rapunzel's hair makes a great lasso.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Join The Cat and the Hat knows a lot about that! (Wings & Things) on dvd as he takes his young friends exploring around the world, learning about Bees, Birds and other Critters.

30 Favorite Religious Thrillers Like The Da Vinci Code

A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:

Cross bones by Kathy Reichs

Salvation in death by J.D. Robb

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

When It Drops

When it drops is an attractive, concise website for seeing all the new movies, albums, DVDs, video games, and books that come out in a given week. It also features an RSS feed. [via kottke and The Daily Dish]

Looking for a quick way to see what's in our catalog on other websites, such as When it drops? Try our bookmarklet, available on our Tools page. Not familiar with bookmarklets? Read how to use them.

30 Best Films You've Never Seen…

…but I have because co-workers and library patrons have recommended them.

Alphaville: une étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution by Chaumaine Production-Film-Studio

The band's visit by July August Productions; Bleiberg Entertainment; Sophie Dulac Productions

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

Got Goosebumps?

Looking for something creepy, ghostly, or haunted to get you in the Halloween mood? While Goosebumps are the usual go to movies for kids looking for a movie of this variety, we have lots of other options here at CPL
  • Grizzly Tales: These are compilations of many short stories cartoons with a slightly creepy bent
  • Ruby Gloom: This new series stars a cheerful girl and her rather gloomy friends
  • Cartoon Network Halloween specials: With so many cartoons to choose from, there's definitely going to be something that appeals to everyone
  • Halloweentown: The premise of this Disney Channel series of movies is that Halloween creatures exist in a alternative universe. The fourth installment stars Lucas Grabeel, in his pre-High School Musical Days.
There are lots more spooky films to check out! Just look up Halloween Juvenile films in our catalog!

Made in Michigan

Last night's premiere of the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 was just the latest sign of the success of the burgeoning film industry in the state of Michigan. Although parts of the pilot episode were filmed in Atlanta, future episodes will be shot entirely on location in the Detroit area. The gritty police drama — which stars Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel — joins the HBO comedy-drama Hung — which although not filmed entirely in the area, is set here — in using the Detroit metropolitan area as a backdrop for interesting storytelling. These two programs join a growing list of films that were shot in Michigan over the last couple of years — several of which have already been released.

Back to School!

Some of your favorite TV characters are heading back to school! We have new school adventures from old favorites Curious George and Elmo. Martha Speaks also make her CPL debut with a back to school offering. Your favorite character not on the list? We have lots of other Back to School videos.

And Don't Call Me Shirley

Looking for a lighthearted comedy movie? If you're browsing our feature film section you don't have to get very far into the 'A's to find Airplane! This absurd classic, a near shot-for-shot parody of the 1957 not-meant-to-be-a-comedy film, Zero Hour!, has the big-punch appeal of hilarious lines along with elaborately-detailed gags.

Check it out today. And if you have the choice of steak or fish, spring for the lasagna.

Happy Birthday, P. D. James

P. D. James celebrated her 90th. birthday on August 3. The author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries, Ms. James best known character is Adam Dagliesh, who has over the years risen to the status of Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard. The first novel in the Dagliesh series, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962. Ms. James recently wrote Talking About Detective Fiction a history of the detective novel.
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