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2010 National Film Registry Inductees

The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2010. Among the titles is George Lucas' 1967 short film which inspired the movie THX 1138. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. Also included among the list of 2010 entries are:

The complete list can be found here.

RoboCop Statue a "Rocky" Proposition?

RoboCop, a cinematic gem of the 1980s, exemplifies the attitude of many people toward Detroit: crime-infested urban ruins. So, despite the title character being [spoiler alert] a hero, the movie's setting is not depicted in such a positive light.

This is in contrast to Rocky, which shows Philadelphia in a mostly-neutral light; along with a glorious training montage that made the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps an icon and tourist attraction. Given the positive effect of Rocky on Philly tourism, the strong identification of that film with a particular filming location, demand for a statue for photography purposes, and the pre-existence of a bronze Rocky statue (which was created as a prop for Rocky III), the permanent installation of the prop statue seems natural.
Now, in Detroit, with the resurgence of civic pride and national recognition:

Some people have come forward to have a statue of Detroit film history erected.

But where? The Detroit in the film bears little resemblance to the rising-Phoenix-Detroit we see today. Additionally, no location in the film was particularly memorable above others. Maybe RoboCop isn't the right fictional Detroiter for a statue. Here are some films set in Detroit for your sculptural inspiration:

Google Art Project

The Google Art Project allows the user to tour 17 of the world's most famous museums like Google Street View. Interested in New York's Frick Museum, MOMA, or Versailles? This is a new look at museums which allows you to go from room to room and then select a painting to view. With high-resolution technology you can look at featured paintings in amazing detail. This is a unique resource for the tourist, the student, or the art lover. To learn more about the Google Art Project, check out this article from the New York Times.

Motown Museum

Note: This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Kick off Black History Month by reminiscing about Motown greats, such as the Temptations, the Supremes, the Miracles and Smokey Robinson and many more. It was an era of unique Detroit sound shared around the country. Lina Stephens, chief curator of the Motown Museum, shares the history, the personal stories and music with us.
No registration is needed

Do You Love Writing?

Do you want to find a way to connect with authors, readers, and writers? If so Figment.com was created for you and people just like you. It is a website that has blogs, contests, forums, new and more all directed at teens who like to read and write. If you want more information, check out the website, or this fabulous article all about Figment.

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.

In Your Dreams at the DIA

The DIA is hosting many wonderful exhibits this winter/spring and one of them that you should not miss is In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints running now through January 2, 2011. The DIA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check out their website for the latest information on their hours and the cost for this special exhibit. Enjoy!

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

Art That Moves

Art That Moves: Animation Around the World by John Bliss is a new book in our Children's Nonfiction collection. Not only does it explore the history of animation, different types of animation, and how animation works; but it also has cool photographs and activities you can try at home! Be sure to keep an eye out for it on our New Book Shelf. Enjoy!

Seniors Share Your Creativity

Do you love to paint, sculpt, write, carve, dance, bead, play an instrument, sing, embroider, metalwork, or anything in between?

The Institute of Gerontology (IOG) at Wayne State University wants to showcase the creativity of Michigan’s older adults (55 or older) at the Twelfth Annual Art of Aging Successfully to be held on March 24, 2011. For an entry form click here or for more information contact: Donna MacDonald — Institute of Gerontology — Wayne State University — 87 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202. Phone: (313) 577-2297 or Email: ba8841@wayne.edu

[Logo: Wayne State University/Institute of Gerontology. 2010]

Romantic Gardens

Romantic gardens : nature, art, and landscape design by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Elizabeth S. Eustis, John Bidwell — Gardening season is winding down here, but we can always go to a book like this to tide us over. The authors focus on gardens of all types in the Romantic period and include drawings, paintings, and hand-drawn landscape plans of the era. Art lovers and history buffs will enjoy this just as much as gardeners.

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

Quilting Night

Quilting group meets on the first Wednesday night of each month from 7:00-8:45PM in the Community Room. Bring your quilts to show and ideas to share with the other quilters. The library has a large collection of books on quilting. Browse through our collection and enjoy your evening.

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

American Jazz Songbook with Paul VornHagen

The Paul VornHagen duo will perform at the Canton Public Library on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in the library Community Room. Stop by for special selections from the American Jazz Songbook… it will have you tapping your toes and swaying to the music!

Larceny and Old Lace

Come see the Spotlight "Still Got It" Players in their rendition of Larceny and Old Lace. A show that promises enjoyment for all ages. It will be playing from August 25-29 at Canton's own Village Theater in Cherry Hill Village. Ticket prices range from $11-$15.

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM

2010 Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

We had over 50 people enter our 2010 contest with some of the most amazing art we've ever seen! This year, for our 'Making Waves' theme, bonus points were awarded to those who incorporated something 'water related'. Kudos to all the creative ways you guys did this, including those who used water colors! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners and 4 honorable mentions for each age group. Take a look at all of 2010's manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners: