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On This Day in History - August 5

Marilyn Monroe

August 5, 1962 - Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery. Born on June 1, 1926, Norma Jean Mortenson's transformation into Marilyn Monroe was not without tragedy. Today we honor her short but stellar life.

Shockingly, Marilyn never believed she was beautiful and struggled with her perceived appearance. She was married 3 times - at 16 to James Dougherty, then to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and finally to playwright Arthur Miller.

Movies that Blow Your Mind!

Were you amazed by Inception? Are you staying up at night trying to figure out the plot twists, dream worlds, and levels of reality?

If so, you might be interested in these other mind-bending movies:

2010 Emmy Nominees

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards airs on Sunday, August 29, with Jimmy Fallon as this year's host. The nominees were just announced! Who are you rooting for?

This year, actor George Clooney will be receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. He will be the 4th person to receive this illustrious honor.

Nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series:

Happy 40th Birthday Kevin Smith!

Born August 2, 1970, Kevin Smith is the wizard behind the characters Jay and Silent Bob. His first film, Clerks, was made for $27,575 and was paid for by selling off a treasured comic book collection and maxing out 10 credit cards but made over $3 million in theaters!

Whether you love or loathe Kevin Smith, he has made an indelible mark on the film world. Candid about his New Jersey upbringing, his autobiography is coversational in tone.

Book to Movie News

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Book Cover Image)

Have you seen the film versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire based on the bestsellers by Stieg Larsson? These films based on books are just two of many recently released or in production.

More Book to Movie News:

Happy Birthday Ken Burns!

Born today in 1953, Ken Burns has been entertaining and educating audiences for 30 years, and is credited with perfecting the long documentary style, epitomized by his opuses Jazz and Baseball.

Calling PBS home, he has directed over 19 films, most recently The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
With only a few minor exceptions, the library owns Burns' complete works.

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

America's Best Idea

Back in the day camping was cheap entertainment for large families.  My dad could fit five kids in a Volkswagen bug (before seatbelt laws) and we'd inch up Golden Gate Canyon.  When the car began to roll backwards, that's when we'd stop and pitch our tent.

Consequently, I am a big armchair traveler and have visited many of the 392 national parks via video and just a few in person. My favorite production produced by Ken Burns was shown on PBS last year and is available at the library: The National Parks: America's Best Idea. I have also been fortunate to visit many parks in person. Given that my bucket list is r-e-a-l-l-y long, I use the library's books and travelogues to help me prioritize my trips.

Graffiti Art Project Unveiling

The Valdez-Perry Branch Library staff and Your Name in Graffiti invite you to the Graffiti Art Project Unveiling and celebration of art, community connections and graffiti project participants' achievement on Wednesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library.

Did you know that the Athmar Park Branch Library also received help from Your Name in Graffiti?

To Be or Not to Be: The Many Faces of Hamlet

Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, has had a wide variety of film interpretations created based on its tragic tale of betrayal, murder and madness. What is it about Hamlet that appeals to us so? How many famous actors who have portrayed Hamlet can you name? I've found eight that the library owns!

  • The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Akira Kurosawa's adaptation projects the familiar Shakespearean plot onto the complex world of Japanese corporate intrigue with legend Toshiro Mifune as the Hamlet-esque character.
  • Hamlet (2009) David Tennant shines in this BBC production filmed on location and starring the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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