Movies & Television
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.
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.
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.
If you watch So You Think You Can Dance, maybe you've wondered where you can find all the music. You can find some information on fan sites, some on the SYTYCD music wiki, but if you want to listen to those tunes again or dance to them yourself, check your library!
Do you like "The Goldfish Song" by Laurie Berkner? Maybe Dan Zanes more your style. Or do you really like to sing along with Raffi? Or the Imagination Movers, or the Biscuit Brothers? We have music videos and filmed concerts of your favorite children's singers right here at CPL. Check them out while your signing up for summer reading.
Gustafer Yellowgold has arrived at the Canton Public Library. Who is Gustafer? He's a creature that moved to Minnesota from the Sun. He has a pet Eel and a Pterodactyl best friend. And in his free time he jumps on cakes and punches cheese. The DVDs in this collection include stunning artwork and original songs and are for ages 3 and up. Of course, if you can't wait to check out the DVDs, the creator of Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Barnes and Noble in Rochester Hills next Friday, June 12th. Gustafer's website also includes short songs and fun games to play.
The Walt Disney Studios has recently begun releasing a new line of DVDs called the Walt Disney Animation Collection Classic Short Films. Included in this series is the Three Little Pigs, Mickey and the Beanstalk, The Reluctant Dragon and the Tortoise and the Hare.
Memorial Day was established in 1868 following the end of the American Civil War as General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters:
II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
Over the past two centuries, wars continue to be fought, and Hollywood has immortalized them on film:
Memorial Day is this weekend! If your plans lean more towards grilling at home than campfire hotdogs and smores, don't forget to stop at CPL for a movie! It's perfect for a family movie night at home. It's also great for that long car ride to the cabin up north. Here are some vacation themed films to get you started.
We’ve got them on video, Here at the library
Hickory Dickory Dock!
We get many requests for Nursery Rhymes videos. My favorites are Jim Henson’s Mother Goose Stories, but there are many others to choose from here at CPL!