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Did you Return to Cranford?

If you've been keeping up with the current Masterpiece season on PBS, maybe you finished watching Return to Cranford last weekend. I had high expectations after the first Cranford, and while I wasn't disappointed, there were several shocking developments in the course of the new mini-series. Bessie, one of my favorite characters, suffered perhaps more than was deserved. But there were many moments of humor as well, and I enjoyed my second visit to Cranford. Don't forget to check the library's collection for more materials related to Elizabeth Gaskell.
The next feature on Masterpiece will be Emma, which begins this Sunday evening.

Mystery Writers of America Announces 2010 Nominees

Mystery Writers of America announced the Nominees for the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2009. Best Novel Nominees are:

On the Road Again

A little bit of nostalgia arrived at the library this week. Growing up, Sunday nights were always reserved for a wonderful little series called Road to Avonlea. This series expanded on the Story Girl Books by L. M. Montgomery and was filmed on the author's home soil of Prince Edward Island. Watching the stories of Sarah, Felicity, Gus, Felix, Aunt Hetty and many others was my first introduction to period films. The stories always appealed to everyone in our family (including my dad!). It was always fun to see who the guest star was that week, a notable list that included actors like Christopher Reeve, Christopher Lloyd, Stockard Channing, Faye Dunaway, and a young Ryan Gosling.

2009 National Film Registry Inductees

The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2009. Among the titles is Michael Jackson's 1983 video Thriller, which is the first music video to be named to the Registry. Established in 1989, it now contains 525 films selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. Also included among the list of 2009 entries areThe complete list can be found here.

Flurries of Excitement over the Snow

So school started back on Monday, but are you already hoping for a snow day later this week? Are you tired of the little "dusting" and "flurries" we've gotten so far this winter? Have you been waiting for January when the snowflakes will be "ripe" enough to catch on your tongue? Are you ready for a full blown school-stopping, snowman-sustaining, hot-chocolate-inspiring snowstorm? If you are a grown-up did that last sentence strike fear in your heart? :)
Well, if you're serious about that snow day, one of the long standing "rituals" for getting one is to go to bed with your pajamas inside out. If that doesn't work, you can always have a snow day vicariously by checking out one of our Snow-themed movies from the children's library. Good Luck!

Year 2009 Top Movie Picks

Bolt (voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus) Super-dog Bolt is the star of a hit TV show whose life is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue. When he is accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penney, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt immediately springs into action to save her from the forces of evil.

Coraline (voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher) A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

Up in the Air

George Clooney is getting alot of Oscar buzz for his role in the new comedy/drama  Up In the Air which opens today in the Detroit area. Jason Reitman's adaptation of the novel by Walter Kirn tells the story of human resources administrator Ryan Bingham who flies around the country firing people for bosses who don't have the stomach for it. He's also on the verge of reaching his goal of racking up ten million frequent flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel and fire people over the Internet instead. The supporting cast includes Vera Farmiga, Jason Bateman and Anna Kendrick.

Tracking Santa

Have you ever called NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to find out where Santa is on Christmas Eve?  The tradition started way back in 1955, when an error in a Sears Roebuck &Co. advertisement encouraging children to call Santa resulted in children calling CONAD (NORAD's predecessor) instead.  The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff give the children who called an update as to Santa's whereabouts.

Dorothy Gilman Grand Master at MWA 2010 Conference

On Thursday, December 10, the Mystery Writers of America announced that Dorothy Gilman, the 86-year-old American author of the long-running Emily Pollifax (aka Mrs. Pollifax) spy novel series, has been chosen as the group’s 2010 Grand Master. She follows in the footsteps of last year’s prize recipients, James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton.

Read Before Seeing!

The movie adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2006 best-seller Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is in theatres now. Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron and Tim McGraw star in the true story of a homeless teen offered a second chance in life when he is taken in by an affluent family.

Invictus

Opening in the Detroit area tomorrow, the film Invictus tells the inspiring true story of how newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, to help unite their country. Knowing that his nation remained racially divided - as well as economically - in the wake of apartheid, Mandela and team captain Francois Pienaar used the universal language of sport to rally South Africa’s underdog rugby team to an unlikely run to the World Cup Championship

Beautiful Hawaii

Dreaming of a warm climate and place to visit?  You can soak up the sunshine in Maui, Oahu & the big Island in Hawaii.  The Waikiki beach is a great beach to surf or just enjoy the white sand shores.  The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you.

Christmas Time is Here...

Did you, like me, miss A Charlie Brown Christmas last night? :(  Never fear.  ABC will be re-broadcasting it next Tuesday at 8pm.  :)   While you're waiting, CPL just got in a bumper crop of new Holiday movies.   Some of my newer favorites are A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.   And don'

Black and White all over!

It's December!  Which means that the winter penguin display is up in the Children's Library.  This year they're hanging out admidst the snow castle.  Come play a little Library I Spy while you are here.  Can you find the kissing penguins?  How about the Penguin King?  What about the penguin sliding on his backside?  How many penguins are wearing hats?  Then find the ice-skating penguins, and the stuffed animal penguins somewhere else in the library.  Still can't get enough of fun black and white buddies?  There are lots of films starring penguins here in the Children's Library!  And we're not just talking Happy Feet.  T

Online, Web-only TV Series

"Clark and Michael" originated as Clark Dukes' film school project. Its premise is two guys trying to get their TV pilot made. The show, a Web-only series, caught the attention of CBS executives and is now being produced by CBS. It is the most streamed CBS Interactive series and has been nominated for several "TV Guide" Online Video Awards. Check it out at Clark and Michael.

The Prisoner

If you have been watching The Prisoner miniseries on AMC you might want to check out the original British series. The Prisoner aired in the late 1960s and starred Patrick McGoohan who also produced the show. In case you haven't see either version, The Prisoner is about a spy (Number 6) who is held prisoner at a seaside town where everyone is assigned a number and no one asks questions. Number 6 has to figure out who kidnapped him, why they are holding him hostage, and how to escape.

Christmas Memories Movie Night!

Looking for ways to unwind and enjoy a fun filled special evening? Why not reminience over some of your favorite childhood Christmas movies. We have a large selection that is sure to spark some joyous memories. My all time favorite is "A Christmas Carol"; any version and any kind I just love the story! So curl up with a hot cup of cocoa & popcorn and let the classics take you away...you deserve it!

We're on Parade!

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether I make the trek downtown to see it live or watch it on TV while dinner cooks, it the perfect beginning to Thanksgiving Day. My family's perennial favorites? The Captain Detroit Balloon (who looks surprisingly like my Dad) and the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team. This year celebrates our parade's 83rd year. Why not get in the spirit by watching a parade movie? Or by marching about to the "Uninvited Loud Precision Band"? Check out The Parade Company's wonderful website that has a downloadable coloring book for kids.

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant

Darren Shan is just a regular guy who loves to hang out with his friends and ride bikes.  One day Darren is invited to visit Cirque Du Freak and nothing has been the same since. 

If you have seen the movie, want to see the movie, or just love creepy books, then this book is for.  Check out the official movie page here and don't forget to put a hold on the book.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere opened in theaters on October 23rd.  Check out our collection of Amelia Earhart books and movies  to learn more about this adventurous woman pilot.