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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.

Books to Movies

Some new photos from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland have just been released. Are you as geeked about this movie as I am? Check out this shot of Johhny Depp as the Mad Hatter. That's not the only book to movie on the horizon: The Princess and the Frog based off E. D. Baker's Frog Princess, and, of course, Percy Jackson and the Olympians both hit early 2010. Next year is going to be a good year....

New DVDs

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

Now available from Canton Public Library and delivered directly to you, the New DVDs BookLetter. You will learn what films have been added to the library's collection when the New DVDs monthly BookLetter is emailed to you. The selections are linked to the library's catalog making it easy to find out if the DVD is on the shelf or to request a hold on it.

I Want Braincandy!

Candy for the brain? You got it...Braincandy is a great series of DVDs for kids 6 months to 4 years old. They'll be introduced to different concepts like sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. And don't forget to check out Eyecandy, which is part of the Braincandy series, too, and is all about the sense of - you guessed it - sight! Pick up a few and start feeding your kids some sweet stuff for the brain!

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.

The Return of Die Hard's John McClane

In 1988 Director John McTiernan and writers Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza revolutionized the action movie with "Die Hard". The film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman introduced movie goers to John McClane, a charismatic New York City Cop who was different than your typical action movie hero because he was very human and had a sharp sense of humor.

Girl With a Pearl Earring is Showing Here on July 15th!

Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Come see the movie on July 15th at 2p.m. in the community room. Register now for this awe inspiring film which is a work of art itself!

35th Annual Saturn Awards

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films recently announced its nominations for the 35th annual Saturn Awards.  Awarded every year in the categories of film, television and DVD, the film The Dark Knight tops the list with 11 nominations.

Life on Mars?

A reseach team from the University of Colorado at Boulder announced on June 17, 2009 that "the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars" was found. Though no firm evidence suggested that life does or did ever exist on the red planet, the scientists concurred that life would have been possible.Is There Life on Mars, a 60-minute DVD, showcases the latest scientific revelations from a planet, once alien, now poised to reveal provocative new clues in the tantalizing quest to plumb its past for signs of water and, perhaps, even life.

Master the Art of...Education

blackboardSummer Reading ideas and inspiration for the teacher-at-heart...

Master the Art of Reading 2009

Adult Summer Reading is in full swing and we have compiled many resources to help you figure out what to read next. On the Books & More page you will find links to the NYT Bestseller Lists, Staff Recommendations, as well as lists of New Materials. Our Bookmarks page has all the recommended reading lists you will need to, "Master the Art of Reading." Still can't find what you are looking for? Then don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask a Librarian for a suggestion!

Southern Recipes With A Touch Of Spice

June 21st is the beginning of summer. Get out the Bar-B-Que grill and try some of Pat and Gina Neely's flavorful grilled dishes. Down home with the Neely's, a southern cookbook has everything from how to soak woodchips for grilling, to the Neely's signature spice rubs as well as their southern recipes with a kick, and If that's not enough to satisfy you, the Husband and Wife team host their own cooking show Down home with the Neely's on the Food Network channel which airs Saturday's @11:00 a.m.