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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!

It's raining meatballs!

One of my kids' favorite books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This amusing story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow where the townspeople get all of their food from the sky.  Everyone loves living in a town where they don't need to shop for groceries, until one day when things take a turn for the worse.  If you enjoy the book, a movie version is being made which opens on September 18th.

Happy Birthday Christopher Robin!

Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne was born today, August 21st, in 1920. He and his teddy bear were the inspiration for everyone's favorite boy and bear duo, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Why not celebrate with a Winnie-the-Pooh movie or book?
Need More Winnie? Try A Bear Called Winnie, which tells the story of the real life bear that Christopher's teddy was named after. You can also find more information about the Milnes and Winnie here.

Kay Scarpetta On Film

Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta mystery series is coming to the big screen. None other than Angelina Jolie will play Ms. Scarpetta. Producers Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski are hoping for a franchise out of Ms. Cornwell's books, though none of the films will necessarily follow the plotline of any particular tome. According to Variety,

This film won't be tied to a specific Cornwell mystery title. Much the way that Jason Bourne morphed into an action hero in plots not rigidly locked into the Robert Ludlum book series, the opera-loving coroner Scarpetta will be the lead in a suspense thriller in the vein of "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Seven."

Movies in Michigan

Did you hear that the movie of the book Flipped is being filmed here in Michigan? It's true. They are doing some shooting next to Thurston Elementary School in Ann Arbor! Take a look at this article if you haven't seen it.

Some Pig!

You may have noticed our book display over the Children's CDs. Who knew there were so many great pig characters in Children's Literature?! Some of these characters have even made it to film, like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, Babe the Gallant Pig, and, coming soon, Olivia! Don't forget those other "hams" on film, like Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show and Piggley from Jakers.

Wish your Wii could do more?

Well, it looks like it soon will. Netflix may soon be available streaming on your Wii on it's own "Wii channel". Just think, no more having to send back your movies after you are done, or wait for your next title to arrive. Check out this article for more information. Would you be interested in this feature?

Marvel Anime Series

Did you know Marvel is teaming up with japanese animators to create 'anime' versions of marvel storylines? Check out the video teasers for the Wolverine and Iron Man anime here. It's a strange mix to say the least -a very, very different take- but interesting none the less. Check it out.

Traverse City Film Festival

The 2009 Traverse City Film Festival opens today at the historic State Theatre. Originally opened in 1918 the theatre has been the main venue of the festival since it began in 2005. This year's offerings include The Answer Man starring  Michigan's own Jeff Daniels, and Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The festival ends on August 2.

From Page to Stage

I always enjoy movie adaptations of favorite books. Even when I don't agree with the director's interpretation of the work (the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince had me downright angry!) there is a special magic in seeing beloved characters come to life on screen. If you also enjoy books and their film adapations, here's a list for you.

Atonement: Book / DVD

Caution! Big Trucks (and other vehicles) ahead!

While their parents may cringe at the sight of the orange and white striped construction barrels, little tykes get excited knowing this is their chance to see their favorite big trucks up close.  For a chance to see the big rigs up close without the hassle of stop and go traffic, head to bookshelf 13 in the Children's Library.  There in the J620's you'll find trucks of all kinds, a

You Can't Judge a Movie by its Trailer - or Can You?

Have you ever sat through a seemingly endless parade of  previews at your local cineplex waiting to see the film you just paid for, only to wonder if the ones that are coming out in the next few months  are really  as good (or bad) as they seem to be?

AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to actor Michael Douglas by the  American Film Institute on June 11.

New Shojo Anime!

The high energy magic and mischief of Gakuen Alice is now here in anime form! Also, check out Hayate the Combat Bulter for an over the top, slapstick, fourth-wall breaking, romantic comedy...on its way for the end of July.

Mosquito Free Summer Camp

Mr. Troop Mom recently premiered on Nickelodeon, and now you can check it out here at the library! George Lopez is a widower who volunteers to chaperone his daughter's scout troop's camping trip. Hillarity inevitability ensues. Of course, this is not the first film that is set at camp. The Jonas Brothers went to Camp Rock last summer. Way back in 1969, Charlie Brown visits camp in It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown.

Bookmarks for Summer Reading

Looking for book recommendations for Summer Reading? Need something to keep your page? Our librarians have compiled great bookmarks with lists of books and authors; you can get them at the library or print them from your computer. We also maintain a big list of bookmarks for many genres if you don't find what you're looking for.

Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a well done feature, filmed here in Metro Detroit, and shows what a great actor and director Clint Eastwood is. It involves an older man that realizes relationship ties with his neighbors of other cultures, who realizes that they are no different from his own self.