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Older Adults: Go4Life January 2012

The American Library Association has joined the National Institutes of Health promoting Go4Life. Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help individuals fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.

Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant; produced by FitFlix Productions

Lilias! yoga: your guide to enhancing body, mind, and spirit in midlife and beyond by Lilias Folas

…and a Happy New Year

Looking for a film to ring in the New Year for your kids? One that you can show early? Like around 8? Look no further than CPL! Here are some options:

Winnie the Pooh [videodisc]: a very merry Pooh year by Walt Disney Home Entertainment — Winnie the Pooh and friends make New Year resolutions not to bother Rabbit

Year without a Santa Claus [videodisc]: Nestor the long-eared Christmas donkey, Rudolph's shiny new year — Rudolph helps Father Time locate a missing New Year baby

Harry Morgan, 1915-2011

Acclaimed actor and Michigan native Harry Morgan passed away on Wednesday, December 7 at the age of 96. Morgan might be best known as the beloved Colonel Potter in the long-running series M*A*S*H. If you wish to honor his memory but haven't seen M*A*S*H and his other works, or even if you have, we have many on our shelves for your choosing:

Inherit the wind [videodisc] by Metro-Mayer-Goldwyn Studios, Inc

High noon [videodisc] by Republic Entertainment, Inc

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.

Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams

Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson

60th Anniversary of "A Christmas Carol"

A Christmas carol — You know the holiday season has arrived when we receive another copy of A Christmas Carol for the collection. The original version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special edition, which includes an introduction by Leonard Maltin. So take time out from the holiday shopping, gather up the family and make some popcorn and enjoy this holiday classic.

Read the Book, See the Movie

The upcoming weeks will see several new films released that are based on, or inspired by popular books. Here are some of the most anticipated:

The adventures of Tintin: the chapter book by adapted by Stephanie Peters — Directed by Stephen Spielberg

Extremely loud & incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer — Starring Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock

New Holiday Videos

Every year in December a bumper crop of new Holiday Kids Movies makes their debut. This year is no exception with many of the new films starring characters kids recognize from their favorite movies. Many of these movies are available at CPL now, with more on the way in the coming weeks. These are great solutions when you need some down time to make dinner (or squirrel away to wrap some gifts). Here are some of this year's offerings:

Merry Madagascar [videodisc] by DreamWorks Animation LLC

Penguins of Madagascar [videodisc]: The all-nighter before Xmas

Christmas with the chipmunks [videodisc] by Bagdasarian Productions LLC

Thanksgiving Movies

Are you in the Thanksgiving mood? While you'll have to look elsewhere for the greatest Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever, we have a number of movies from Moviefone's list of 21 Films About Turkey Day:

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Pieces of April [videodisc] by United Artists and IFC Productions present an InDigEnt production in association with Kalkaska Productions

The Hunger Games Trailer is Here!

If you loved the The Hunger Games as much as I did, you may be wondering about the movie. The official Hunger Games movie trailer has been released and you can watch it on the Hunger Games website. The movie will be in theaters beginning March 23rd. Will you be there?

Fables and Fairy Tales on DVD

If you've enjoyed watching The Monkey's Heart puppet show that was posted on our website this week, there are many more similar resources here at the library! The Grammy Award winning Rabbit Ears series are narrated by celebrities and cover a broad range of stories. Animated Tales from Around the World by Schlessinger Media combines two short native stories from one country. You can find both of these series in our fairy tale section of the children's library.

J. Edgar Hoover

The highly anticipated new film J. Edgar opens this weekend. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer, it explores the public and private life of J. Edgar Hoover — one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. Hoover was considered the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years.

Looking for Crazy, Stupid Love?

Unfortunately, fans of this popular new DVD will have to wait an extra 28 days to check out a copy from the Library due to a new policy recently instituted by Warner Home Video:

Warner Home Video will no longer distribute theatrical releases to libraries or home video rental stores until 28 days after they release the movies for sale at retailers. This Warner Home Video policy applies to all public libraries and video rental outlets such as Redbox, Netflix, and Blockbuster. In addition to being released 28 days after the retail version, Warner's rental version DVDs will not contain bonus features or extras. Please note that Warner’s new policy will only impact titles that have a theatrical release, perhaps amounting to about 12 titles per year. Non-theatrical Warner releases will not be affected by this policy.

The first three Warner theatrical titles affected by this new policy are Crazy, Stupid Love, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt.2, and The Hangover, pt.2. If you would like to express your opinions to Warner Home Video you can call toll-free at 1-866-373-4389 or by email.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Do you mind if I use my blog today to plug a fellow bear? One of my heroes, (for his ability to come up with brilliant ideas and eat lots of hunny) Winnie the Pooh, had a new movie come out next summer. It's aptly named Winnie the Pooh! If you haven't seen it yet, Miss Ruth tells me it will be here at the library very very soon. And if you can't wait, there are lots of Pooh's other adventures to check out as books or movies! I think I might just check out a couple myself! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Halloween Horror

After all the candy is given out, and all the trick or treaters are home eating their candy, what better way to spend Halloween night than to curl up and watch a scary movie? Check out of one the Library's many horror films and be prepared to scream!

Murder Will Out: Mystery Movie Night

On Tuesday, November 29 TNT introduces Mystery Movie Night with six films based on the works of Scott Turow (11/29), Sandra Brown (11/30), Lisa Gardner (12/6), Richard North Patterson (12/7), April Smith (12/13), and Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark (12/20). Three additional films will be announced in 2012.

Innocent by Scott Turow

Ricochet by Sandra Brown

October 7th is Ada Lovelace Day

Today, October 7th, is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, is regarded to be the first computer programmer. In honor of her, this day is designated for the recognition of the achievements of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It would be a great day to check out a book on women inventors, astronaunts, or mathematicians. Or stimulate your own daughter's interest in one or more of these subjects with one of our many science films from here in the library. My favorite is the Disney Imagineering Series. Another good option is The Way Things Work, based of the David Macauley book by the same name.

Voice Control

At today's Let's talk iPhone event, Apple VP Phil Shiller announced Siri, an advanced voice-activated control system included with the new iPhone 4S. Even though this is an exciting step forward, computers have had speech recognition for years, and movies and television have simulated it for even longer. Here are some examples of fictional computers in movies that could hold a conversation:

2001 [videodisc]: a space odyssey by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer

Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One, Frank Miller's classic, gets the animated DVD treatment. Dark, gritty, game-changing, this story helped redefine the origin for the dark hero we now all know and love. There's lots of extras on this DVD too, including several new animated shorts. If you are in need of a batman fix while waiting for the next Dark Knight movie to come out, then look no further.