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New at Peter White Public Library

What’s New at Peter White Public Library? “What It’s Like to be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing — What Birds are Doing, and Why” written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley, another great addition to his bibliography. In short essays, Sibley has explored some of ...

Quotes from Stephen King interview with The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Stephen King spoke recently to The Associated Press recently about his new novel, “Later,” but he also covered topics ranging from the famous people who have turned up at his readings to what happens when he looks up his own name on the Internet. And he think he has a good idea ...

La Vie Boheme: ‘Rent’ musical celebrates 25th anniversary

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK— Twenty-five years ago, stage actors Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega had been cast in a new, edgy musical downtown and wondered if anyone would remember it. "Can you imagine us in 25 years talking about this show and singing these ...

As ‘Kimye’ become Kim and Kanye, will it stay peaceful?

LOS ANGELES — Initial signs suggest a smooth and amicable split between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. As “Kimye” becomes just Kim and Kanye with Kardashian filing for divorce Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, they do so with a prenuptial agreement in place, independent ...

New at Peter White Public Library

The Michigan Notable Book list is released annually at www.michigan.gov featuring “works of fiction and non-fiction published during the previous calendar year that are about, or set in Michigan; or are written by a Michigan author.” There are 20 books on the 2021 list; eight of which are ...

A compellingly cruel Rosamund Pike in ‘I Care a Lot’

An air of mystery surrounded Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” but there’s no mistaking her in “I Care a Lot.” Sporting designer suits and a bob cut so sharp that you tremble for her stylist, Pike’s Marla Grayson is ruthlessly imperious from head to toe. The title of J Blakeson’s ...

European deep freeze serves up fun, frustrations and danger

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Three workers in a boat hacked away at ice Thursday to create a watery barrier around the Dutch prime minister’s office, while others in the Netherlands tentatively tested the frozen surfaces of lakes and canals to see if they were safe to skate on. The deep ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Books for babies and books for young children just learning to read are so important! They help distil a love of books and reading that will hopefully remain with children throughout their lives. Here are some brand new books great for the baby in your life, and the little one just learning how ...

Hunting ‘90s killers again in ‘The Little Things’

Even before the pandemic, “The Little Things” would have been a throwback. Star-laden thrillers, with studio scale and high-priced craft, are one of those genres that’s been mostly squeezed out by the mega-sized movies that crowd Hollywood’s assembly lines. A movie directed by John ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Many new films originate from the storylines of very old books. Other books have the film rights scooped up as soon as they are published. Check out some of these pairings from PWPL’s newest DVD acquisitions. The books may be found in various library collections, but the “New” DVDs will ...

Dry January is moist for some at the rocky start of 2021

NEW YORK — A raging pandemic, tumultuous presidential election and deadly Capitol insurrection have combined to make the annual tradition of Dry January more moist than air-tight for some. Not Sarah Arvizo. She considers it her easiest yet. As much as the 32-year-old Manhattanite would ...

Tom Hanks heads special celebrating Biden’s inauguration

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. "I was left speechless ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Currently I am finishing the last book, “Empire of Gold,” in the Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty. The series, which reads like any classic fantasy, is set in the Muslim world. The main characters are Djinn or Daeva and represent factions of a magical subculture with settings that ...

Neil Young becomes latest artist to sell stake in his songs

NEW YORK — Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company in a deal announced on Wednesday. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund said it had acquired half of the copyright and income interests in ...

Winter walks: New snowshoe trail opens at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MUNISING — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has a new trail for snowshoe users. The trail has been a year in the making, and travels through a variety of habitats of beech, maple and conifer forests. The trail offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the quiet and solitude of the ...

Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous. After five consecutive years of North American revenues exceeding $11 billion, this year they’re expected to cap out at an almost 40-year low of around $2.3 billion. ...

Trebek’s last new ‘Jeopardy!’ episodes airing with a tribute

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air this week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. The first of the five episodes will air today and start with Trebek’s “powerful message about the season of giving,” producer Sony Pictures ...

A message of love: Man named ‘Teacher of the Year’ shares experiences

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — At first glance, Anthony Swann’s fifth grade classroom is no different from any other. Students sit at their laptops on a recent December morning, completing reading assignments as the Rocky Mount Elementary teacher walks around the room answering questions. A white ...