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Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. CPL has many children's films that explain the origins of Thanksgiving holiday to little wondering minds. We also have several films that encourage having an attitude of gratitude. Families with older children may want to check out the Academy Award winning film, Molly's Pilgrim. When her teacher gives the assignment to create a doll based on a Thanksgiving character, recently immigrated Molly and her mother create a doll that looks like their Russian Jewish culture, because they are pilgrims too. Happy viewing!

Chick Flicks You May Have Missed

I absolutely love chick flicks. Mostly I adore romantic comedies, but I don't mind a three hankie film now and then. The only problem I have is finding new titles to watch. If you feel the same way, read on to find a list of some of the more obscure chick flicks I have found here at CPL. If you know of some chick flicks I may have missed, let me know!

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - February 24, 2010

This month, the Canton Seniors Book Group will discuss the Everyone's Reading 2010 selection, Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow.  Copies of the book will be distributed at the January 27, 2010 meeting or can be picked up at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk after January 27th.  Participants must register with the Senior Adult Department at the Summit by calling 734-394-5485. If you have questions, contact Joyce Simowski or Elaine Skrzynski at the Canton Public Library (734-397-0999).

Knuffle Bunny on Film

You've read and love the book, but you can't get enough Knuffle Bunny? Check out this video, narrated by Mo Willems and his daughter Trixie! The animation of this short film is so true to the book, it's almost like the pictures came alive. Originally produced by Weston Woods, Knuffle Bunny was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2007. The Carnegie Medal is like the Newbery or Caldecott Awards, except for children's films. Now combined with several other great stories, it's one of many of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures here at CPL, so once you've watched Knuffle Bunny, try one of the other films in the series.

Bouchercon 2010

Bouchercon 2010 will be held in San Francisco this year, October 14 - 17.  Bouchercon is the World Mystery Convention. Every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of both education and entertainment. Panel discussions, author signings, awards, and more are available throughout this four day conference. This year's Guests of Honor are Lee Childs, Denise Mina, Laurie R. King, Eddie Muller, and Maddy van Hertbruggen. 

For more information visit Bouchercon by the Bay 2010.

Everybody Loves Zombies!

I don't know if you've heard, but Robert Kirkman's survival horror comic book series The Walking Dead is soon going to be a TV series on AMC! Really. I'm not joking. I decided to pick this up recently, and man is it entertaining. I recommend checking it out before the series airs. I'm hooked enough that I'm now digging into book two. Kirkman basically explores what might happen if a zombie movie kept the camera rolling. After the initial survival frenzy, what would it be like trying to live your life in a Zombie apocalypse? What would that do to people? It makes for interesting reading, let me say. Can't wait to finish book two and get into book three...

It was a dark and stormy night...

Perfect for gathering the everyone on the couch for Family Movie Night! But if you're going to have Family Movie Night, you absolutely must have popcorn! October is National Popcorn Popping Month. Here's an interesting thought: Since most popcorn is made in the microwave these days, most kids have never seen popcorn pop before. Be adventurous and make it on your stove (Make sure you put on the lid!) or show them this short YouTube clip of how a kernel pops in slow motion.

Moribito

You may not know that the epic, fantasy anime Moribito: guardian of the spirit (shown occasionally late night on Cartoon Network) was originally a kids book by Nahoko Uehashi, and that there is now a sequel, Morbito II : guardian of the darkness! This series follows a wondering female bodyguard Balsa, and is set in a world similar to ancient Japan. If you dig a little historical fiction with sword fighting, or if you just want see the original inspiration for the anime, you might want to take a look.

Happy Birthday, Colin Dexter

Author Colin Dexter, the creator of British Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse and his onetime “sidekick,” Robbie Lewis, who is now the star of his own excellent TV series (Inspector Lewis) celebrated his 79th birthday this week.

Code Geass

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of giant robot shows normally, but I gotta say Code Geass is some good stuff. If you haven't watched it yet you are missing out. Think Gundam crossed with Death Note. Tight, ingenious plotting, lots of action, but also good tense moments of character development. It's just so enjoyable watching Lelouch mysteriously pull himself out of one impossible situation after another. We will be getting the 2nd two discs of the 2nd season in pretty soon (R2).

Hollywood comes to Library's rescue

According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, Hollywood is coming to the aid of the McGregor Library in Highland Park, Michigan. The library was forced to close in 2002 because the city couldn't afford to keep it open. Actor Danny Glover will reportedly star in a film - titled Highland Park - which will tell the story of the struggle to reopen the library. Significant restoration will be done on the building as part of the film project, and it is hoped that this will eventually lead to the library reopening.

More Prince of Persia

You've played the Prince of Persia video games, you've heard there is a movie in the works, now read the graphic novel. It's written by the same creator as the award winning video games. The Prince of Persia storylines have always been some of my favorite bits of storytelling, and this new tale in graphic novel form is no exception. Check it out.

Books by Mail

Are you a Canton resident who is unable to come to the library due to a permanent or long-term illness or disability? Are you an older adult (65+) without a way to get to the library? The Canton Public Library offers Books by Mail service to Canton residents. Every month a librarian will select 4 books based upon your reading preferences, to be delivered to your home postage free. Read the books, then return them to the Canton Public Library in the postage-paid mailer provided. To enroll you will need a Canton Public Library card and complete the Books by Mail application available at the Adult Reference Desk, by mail, or online.

What's inside the food we eat?

Ever wondered what's in those delicious fast-food hamburgers? Just beef right? Not exactly. Check out the documentary film King Corn to watch two friends as they return to the land of their ancestors, small-town Iowa, to uncover the corn industry and its impact on the American diet. The film also discusses the environmental impact of industrial farming. The film may not answer all of your questions but it will surely get a conversation started.

Reading Rainbow

Reading RainbowReading Rainbow has been a staple on many PBS stations for decades, but as of today, that contract expires and it will no longer be aired.
But don't fret! You can still check out DVDs of past Reading Rainbow episodes here at CPL.

Actors' Birthdays

Macaulay Culkin and Keke Palmer share a birthday today, August 26th. Both have starred in numerous kid's movies. Macaulay as Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, a role created with him in mind. Keke has starred as a National Spelling Bee contestant in Akeelah and the Bee, and currently stars in the popular Nickelodean series True Jackson VP, coming soon to CPL.

Help from Mister Rogers

Wondering what to do with your little one as the rain falls and the sky turns gray? Why not share play time with Mister Rogers? There are games, activities and craft projects in Mister Rogers' Play Time: Encourage Your Child to Create, Explore and Pretend with Dozens of Easy-to-do Activities. If you miss Mister Rogers like I do, guess what? You can still find DVDs of his television shows in our library. There is even one on going back to school. Enjoy!

Wizard of Oz Film Turns 70

On this date in 1939, the classic film The Wizard of Oz was released in theaters. More popular than ever today, MSNBC.com featured an interesting article on how the movie has influenced pop culture over the years. You can check out the original book and/or movie here, or one of many other items this iconic classic inspired!