Liza at the Plaza

On a recent edition of Inside the Actor’s Studio it was revealed that the antics of Eloise, the free-spirited 6-year-old living in New York’s Plaza Hotel, were based on the adventures of Liza Minnelli as a child. Author Kay Thompson was Liza’s godmother and she witnessed the red-ribboned imp whirling around in designer shoes and calling room service for a meal. Julie Andrews plays the “rawther” fabulous and loving Nanny in the film.

Adieu, Barney Fife!

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America's favorite deputy, Barney Fife, died last Friday of pulmonary and respiratory complications. From 1960-1965, Don Knotts was pitch-perfect as the nervous ninny sidekick to Mayberry's unflappable Sheriff Taylor--a legendary pairing, if endless re-runs of "The Andy Griffith Show" on TV Land are any indication. "Three's Company" aside, I was always happy to see Knotts as a kid, whether on the small or big screen. In the latter category, Knotts starred in the partly-animated The Incredible Mr. Limpet and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Knotts was 81.

While You're Waiting...

...to see Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener or David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, try Cronenberg's 2003 film Spider, starring Fiennes as a tormented and mentally imbalanced man who mutters through his memories and paranoid fantasies in Cronenberg's characteristically strange world.

...to see Good Night, and Good Luck., catch The Best of See it Now and The McCarthy Years, two parts of a new documentary series profiling Edward R. Murrow's life and groundbreaking journalism.

...to see Capote, read the book, watch the 1967 film, or see a few other reasons why Philip Seymour Hoffman deserves the Academy Award for best actor.

...to see Brokeback Mountain, check out 1971's The Last Picture Show for another example of screenwriter Larry McMurtry's deft handling of love and loss in rural western America.

Superhuman Strength

Did you hear the recent story about the mother in Canada who fought off a polar bear to protect her 7-year old son? After reading about this incredible event, I now firmly believe that a mother would actually be able to lift a car to save her child.

The library has many items on the subjects of parenting and motherhood, including:
The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars
Supernanny: How to get the best from your children
Whatever, Mom: Hip mama's guide to raising a teenager
Confessions of Super Mom (Fiction)

The Happiest Toddler on the Block (DVD)
Child Development: The first two years (DVD)
The Baby Whisperer (DVD)

We also have plenty of materials about polar bears!

New dvd on a topic of parental and teen concern

teens at risk

Teens at Risk.Wasting Away is a dvd that will be of interest to parents, teens and those who work with teens who are affected by the devastating conditions of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Young people who have been there and back tell their stories in the film.

Andy Goldsworthy's Grand Rapids Arch

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‘Using the often fragile and fleeting objects and elements of the natural world — snow, stones, twigs, streams—sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy has emerged as among the most respected and influential artists working today.“

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park’s newest treasure - The Grand Rapids Arch, is now permanently in place.

Check out Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time and images of his other installations the world over. Looking for a little outing over spring break? Bring the family.

Grace Shackman presents Ann Arbor in the 20th Century

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Grace Shackman, local historian, author, and freelance journalist, whose articles on Ann Arbor history have frequently appeared in The Ann Arbor Observer, can be viewed on Community Access Cable Channel 17 next week, as she presents a slide lecture on her book Ann Arbor in the 20th Century: A Pictorial History. The program can be viewed on Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 23 at 1:30 p.m.; Friday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m. She is also the author of Ann Arbor in the 19th Century: A Pictorial History. Videos of talks on both books are also available for borrowing at the library.

The NBA...It's Fantastic!

The NBA's All-Star Weekend is upon us and that means we'll see plenty of incredible dunks, fancy passes, and long-range threes. And let's not forget the sloppy, playground moves and the non-existent defense!

The library has many books and videos related to the NBA, including the following:
Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar
Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture
Basketball's Best Shots: The Greatest NBA Photography of the Century
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Ballroom dancing sizzles on screen

When pre-teens from New York City schools learn and compete in ballroom dancing, the visual results are magnificent. Simply the expressions on the kids' faces make this film worthwhile, but there also are plenty of rich, human stories. On a winter night at home, this DVD could provide family entertainment for children about 8 and older. Enjoy Mad Hot Ballroom!

Dangerous Mining

Mining and mining accidents have been very much in the news lately, with four separate accidents claiming lives in the past weeks. As NPR’s Morning Edition discussed this morning, some critics of mining industry regulations are beginning to wonder about the industry regulators’ efficacy. The Federal Mining Safety and Health Administration is charged both with ongoing industry regulation and supervision as well as rescue efforts in mine emergencies. However, as the film Salt of the Earth explores, it takes a lot more than a federal agency to make real changes in miners’ lives.

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