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Celebrate Betty MacDonald's Birthday Today!

Mrs.%20Piggle-Wiggle.jpgSometimes I wanted to be really bad so I could visit Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s upside-down house, hunt for treasure and get cured by super-smart animals. So celebrate Betty MacDonald’s birthday by reading about some really naughty kids. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series and the Mary Poppins stories offer a wealth of mischief. Max from Where the Wild Things Are is another naughty child who will be coming to the big screen in the fall.

Detroit's Classic TV

White Fang? Black Tooth? Bill Kennedy's Sunday movie? If any of these bring back fond memories of growing up in Detroit then you should definitely check out the exhibit currently running at the Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's Classic TV Personalities pays tribute to several of the entertainment and news broadcasting legends that many of us grew up watching. Included in this exhibit are salutes to Soupy Sales, movie host Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

Going to the Dogs

Bolt, Beverly Hills ChihuahuaHotel for Dogs.  There have been a lot of family films released with dogs in them lately.  But they've always been a surefire Hollywood hit all the way back to the days of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Friday was an important day!  Not only was it  the first day of Spring, it was also National Sweater Day, in honor of what would have been Mister Rogers' 81st birthday.  If you missed it, there is still time to celebrate! Canton Public Library has several episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.   Wear your favorite cardigan sweater, put on your tennis shoes and watch one wit

From Page to Stage for April is "Into the Wild"

Into the WildCome join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 2pm as we view the movie and discuss the book "Into the Wild", a true story about a college graduate who hitchhiked the U.S., culminating in his Alaskan experience. Copies of the book are available for signout on the "From Page to Stage" bookshelf. Ask a librarian for a copy and register online to come!

Persepolis

An interesting DVD about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is Persepolis, which was a 2007 Academy Award nominee for best animated feature. It is told from writer and director Marjane Satrapi's experience and point of view.

You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

"I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'sad meals' no one would buy them." If this quote brings a smile to your face, chances are you grew up watching Pinky and the Brain.

From Page to Stage

Pursuit of Happyness DVDCome join us in the Community Room on Wednesday March 18th at 2p.m. as we view and discuss The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. This is the saga of Chris Gardner's life struggle from homeless, jobless poverty to Wall Street success. Online registration required.

Rock and Learn!

Do you want to be a better writer? Want to polish those school assignments and make them sound great? Rock n' Learn: Writing Strategies can help! With this DVD, you will learn how to come up with good ideas, organize your ideas and sentences clearly, and more.  If you're ready for your writing to rock, check out this DVD today!

Sesame Beginnings

Do you like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street? Now, you can meet them all over again - as babies! Sesame Beginnings: Beginning Together is the perfect DVD for parents and young children to enjoy together. Little ones will love seeing their favorite characters sing, dance, and play, while parents can learn how specific activities stimulate their child's curiosity and development. Check out a copy from the Parenting section in the Children's Department!

A Little More Maximum Ride

If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?

Making Movies in Michigan

Have you spotted George Clooney at Metro Airport this week? Or maybe Drew Barrymore at the Lafayette Deli in Detroit earlier this year? Despite these recent "star sightings," making movies in Michigan is not a completely new phenomenom. It was 50 years ago this spring when Anatomy of a Murder was filmed in the Upper Peninsula town of Ishpeming.

Independent film celebrated

The Oscars weren't the only celebration of film that occurred this weekend. This year's Spirit Awards  - given out  annually by Film Independent - were held Saturday night. The winner for Best Female Lead was Melissa Lee for Frozen River, and the Best Male Lead was awarded to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler - which was also named Best Feature.

Common Sense Media

Wondering if the latest movie is appropriate for your kids? Need help determining if a game is too violent for your family before you check it out? Search for reviews, ratings and advice at Common Sense Media, an online resource with information on web sites, books, games, movies, TV and music. One of the niftiest features are the lists of media by age group. This feature is sure to help those of you concerned about age-appropriateness. You can also submit your own review. Hey, they've just added a review for High School Musical 3!

Countdown to the Oscars

Nominated for eight Academy awards, the biographical film Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official. Elected as a San Francisco supervisor in 1977, he was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White in November, 1978. The nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Director.

Betcha didn’t know…

That Lucas Grabeel (Ryan of HSM fame) starred in a little known 2008 film called The Adventures of Food Boy.  He plays Ezra, who learns (at a rather inopportune time) that he has the power to make food appear in his hands.  Like every super hero, Ezra struggles to decide whether he will use his powers to benefit himse

Global Warming Severity Underestimated

DroughtIn a recent article in The Guardian, scientists warn that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) substantially underestimated the severity of global warming over the rest of the century in their most recent report on climate change. In reponse, former US vice-president Al Gore called for a globally coordinated stimulus to tackle climate change.

Countdown to the Oscars

OscarsNominated for Best Documentary Feature, Man on Wire relates the story behind "the artistic crime of the century." In 1974 tightrope walker Philippe Petit attempted a daring, but illegal, high-wire walk between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers.

Countdown to the Oscars

The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, has been nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Art Direction and Best Costume.