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Have a Happy Hogmanay!

What’s Hogmanay? Well…watch this video and see. And have a happy one!

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Thursday Thirteen #97

I admit it. I’m addicted to blog statistics. So, as it’s nearing the end of the year, I offer you our 13 most popular posts (to date.) Happy Holidays!

13 Popular Posts:
1. 13 Versions of Cinderella
2. Preschool crafts fun!
3. 13 Children’s Books Made into Academy Award Winning or Nominated Films
4. 13 Pulitzer Prize Winning Novels
5. Thirteen Famous Librarians (Real and Fictional)
6. 13 Books with Dogs on the Cover
7. 13 Facts About Sacramento, CA
8. 2009 Summer Programs at Centerville Library
9. 13 Old West Outlaws
10. 13 More Books Becoming Films
11. Reading Adventures
12. 13 Facts About J. R. R. Tolkien
13. Five Famous Twitterers

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Join NORAD in tracking Santa on his yearly flight…

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Thursday Thirteen #96

The new year is just around the corner. Isn’t that crazy? Let’s see what Chase’s Calendar of Events 2010 says that January has in store for us.

13 Events:
1. January 2010 is Celebration of Life Month. This is a month for celebrating new beginnings.

2. January 1-7 2010 is Diet Resolution week. Think about what you’re putting on your plate.

3. January 2010 is International Creativity Month. Get out there and flex your creative muscles.

4. Edward Morgan (E. M.) Forster, author of A Room With a View among others, was born on 1 January 1879.

5. January 2010 is Book Blitz Month. Apparently, this is when authors concentrate on improving their relationships with the media.

6. Happy Birthday to James McAvoy! He was born on 1 January 1979.

7. January 2010 is National Hot Tea Month. Take a break and have a cup of tea.

8. Happy Anniversary, Ellis Island! Ellis Island was in operation starting on 1 January 1892.

9. Don’t forget to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade on 1 January 2010 at 8am PST.

10. 1 January 2010 is Z Day, to give recognition to people and places that start with the letter Z.

11. January 2010 is Oatmeal Month. Do you add brown sugar to yours?

12. Happy Birthday to J. D. Salinger, who is 91 years old on 1 January 2010.

13. January 2010 is National Get Organized Month. Maybe I’ll finally get organized this year…

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The Next Sherlock Holmes

The next film version of Sherlock Holmes is due in U.S. theaters on 25 December 2009. Judging from the trailer, it seems like things have been updated a bit, but it also looks like a rollicking good time. It should be interesting to see what kind of modern spin that the filmmakers put on the source material.

While we’re waiting, here the trailer to entertain you.

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There are so very many languages in this world. Over six thousand reportedly. But word is that many of them are threatened with extinction. Yikes! Some languages are only spoken in an academic context, and some just aren’t being taught to the next generation. Just think of all of that history and culture dissapearing. I know that these days money can me a bit scarce, so I began wondering how it would be possible for us to expand our horizons through language study and not break the bank. The following list is the result of that pondering. Some of the links listed take you to entire language courses, while others only list useful phrases, but all of them should be free to use. So, choose a language and give it a try.

If you know of any other good, free internet resources for a particular language, especially one not listed here, please comment and tell me about it. I will continue to add to the list.
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It took Phileas Fogg, Jules Verne’s fictional hero, 80 days to get around the world. In 1889, Nellie Bly went around the world in just 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, beating Fogg by more than 7 days. Nellie Bly was a daredevil reporter, often working undercover for her assignments, at a time when women were not expected to make themselves heard. For most of Nellie’s life, women were not even allowed to vote.
Other people’s ideas of a woman’s proper role never stopped Nellie, however; whatever she could dream, she did. Hers was an exciting and very public life, one that Sue Macy captures with spirit and compassion in Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly.

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Thursday Thirteen #95

I recently discovered that the IMDB has re-added its sorting by date functionality to its keyword search. What does this mean? It means that I am once again able to look at upcoming film projects, and more specifically, book adaptations. So, here are thirteen book adaptation projects in development. Mind you, this doesn’t mean that the film will ever get made, but there is an author out there that is a little bit richer from the money paid to option their book.

Let’s take a look at what’s headed our way.

13 Book Adaptations in Development:
1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: In development with a 2013 release date.

2. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill: In development with a 2013 release date.

3. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason: In development with a 2013 release date.

4. Curveball by Bob Drogin: In development with a 2013 release date.

5. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares: In development with a 2012 release date.

6. The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin: In development with a 2012 release date.

7. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: In development with a 2012 release date.

8. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre: In development with a 2012 release date.

9. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott: In development with a 2012 release date.

10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: In development with a 2012 release date.

11. The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton: In development with a 2012 release date.

12. Startide Rising by David Brin: In development with a 2012 release date.

13. Septimus Heap: Magyk by Angie Sage: In development with a 2012 release date.

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So why join a book club?  Well,  it is fun to talk about books and that is the main reason I’ve joined book clubs.  There  is  another  reason.  Joining a book club might  mean reading something you  wouldn’t normally read.  Now  the Centerville book  Club is for kids, and usually I choose the books.  This month one of  the members chose the book and most of the kids have  read the book.  I have never read it.    I’m looking forward to discovering a new book. So  you  can join us this Thursday  from 4 to  5 and discuss Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis. Can’t  join us  for the book club, how about a movie?  You  can  also  join us on  the 29th of December for a showing of the movie based on the book Prince Caspian.

Check out the library calender for more details.

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Book Adaptation Update: December

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Here is the December update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned on this blog to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

As always, if you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let me know.

The current “books to film” list:

1776: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Airborn: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Airman: In development with a release date in 2011.

Alice in Wonderland: This Tim Burton film is in post-production with a US release date on 5 March 2010.

The Amulet of Samarkand: No longer on IMDB. Le Sigh.

Anita Blake: No IMDB information as yet, nor do we know what they will be calling the project. Personally, I want to know who will be playing Edward. (more info here)

Atlas Shrugged: This project is now listed as “Announced” again. Release date is still listed as 2011.

Beastly: In post-production, with a U.S. release date of 30 July 2010.

The Bell Jar: The status for this project is currently listed as in development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2011.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2010.

The Box of Delights: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Breaking Dawn: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

Chariots of the Gods?: In development with a tentative 2012 release date.

Chocky: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010. (I’ll be very interested to see this one as I saw the old TV miniseries of this title.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Currently filming with a U.S. release date of 10 December 2010.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: Not yet on DVD.

City of the Beasts: In development with a 2011 release date.

The Cry of the Icemark: It looks like the IMDB is cleaning house. This record is gone as well.

Daughter of Fortune: No longer on IMDB.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2011.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: In post-production with a U. S. Release date of 2 April 2010.

Dinotrux: In development with a 2012 release date.

Discipline: In development with a 2010 release date.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. U.S. theatrical release expected sometime in 2010.

Dragonriders of Pern: In development with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

Dune: (Yes, another version of Dune.) Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Eclipse: In post-production with a release date of 30 June 2010.

The Eye of the World: In development with a release date in 2011.

Fahrenheit 451: In development with a release date in 2012 sometime.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Currently in U.S. theaters.

Far from the Madding Crowd: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said: In development with a 2011 release date.

Game of Thrones: This TV series looks to be appearing on HBO in 2010.

Gimme a Call: In development with a 2011 release date.

The Giver: In development with a 2011 release date.

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Gulliver’s Travels: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 22 December 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 19 November 2010.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Currently filming and due in theaters on 15 July 2011.

The Hobbit: Announced with a release date currently set for December 2011.

The Host: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

House of Night: In development with a theoretical 2011 release date.

The Illustrated Man: In development with a theoretical 2010 release date.

The Immortality Factor: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

It: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Life of Pi: In pre-production with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Lorax: In development with a release date in 2012. Word is that this will be in 3D.

The Lovely Bones: Due in U.S. theaters 15 January 2010.

Magic Kingdom for Sale: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2010 sometime.

Mars Needs Moms!: Currently filming with a release date in 2010.

Maximum Ride: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. U.S. theatrical release sometime in 2010.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: In development with a 2013 release date.

Neuromancer: In pre-production with a release date in 2011 sometime.

The NeverEnding Story: In development with a 2012 release date.

New Moon: Currently in U.S. theaters.

On the Road: In development with a theoretical release date listed as 2011.

Paradise Lost: This version is in pre-production with a 2011 release date.

Paradise Lost: And this version is in development with a 2012 release date.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief : In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release scheduled for 12 February 2010.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: In development with a release date sometime in 2011.

Queen of Babble: In development with a 2011 release date.

Ramona and Beezus: In post-production and due in U.S. theaters on 13 August 2010.

The Screwtape Letters: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart: In development with a release date sometime in 2010.

Shantaram: In development and due in U.S. theaters sometime in 2011.

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

Stargirl: Gone from the IMDB.

The Stoneheart Trilogy: In development with a 2012 release date. Mind you, I’m not sure which one of the trilogy they mean to start with.

The Subtle Knife: Gone from the IMDB.

The Sword of Shannara: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

The Thirteenth Hour: In development with a release date in 2011.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: In development with a theoretical release date in 2011.

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: In post-production with a U.S. theatrical release on 23 December 2011.

Tomorrow, When the War Began:In post-production with a 2010 release date.

The Tripods: In development with a 2012 release date.

Uglies: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2011.

The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag: In development with a 2011 release date.

Where’s Waldo?: In development with a theoretical release date in 2010.

Wicked: Witch Not sure how they are going to divide up the five book series and make it into films, but it looks like the first film may be called Curse. It’s in development with a 2012 release date.

World War Z: In development with a 2010 release date.

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