Obituary

In 1963, Apted was a 22-year-old Cambridge law student from southeast England who aspired to be a filmmaker. He found a job as a researcher for a TV documentary called Seven Up! ...The documentary evolved into a pioneering social experiment. Every seven years, the filmmakers checked in with the children as they aged. Over nine episodes, the subjects — originally 14 of them — found careers, experienced heartbreak and success, got married and divorced and in some cases, died. - NPR

You can find all episodes of Apted's "UP" series at the library as well as his other critically-acclaimed films.

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The latest installment of ITV's landmark documentary series returns to visit the people whose lives have been followed since they were just seven-years-old. The original '7 Up' was broadcast in 1964 as a one-off World in Action Special featuring children chosen from different backgrounds to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future...Director Michael Apted, who has since moved to Hollywood to direct films including 'The World Is Not Enough' and 'Gorillas in the Mist', has returned every seven years to chart the children's progress through life.

The life of the "Queen of Country Music" from her backwoods Appalachia home to the Grand Ole Opry and super stardom.

"Breaking from the James Bond mold, he turned the spy novel into high art as he explored the moral compromises of agents on both sides of the Iron curtain." (New York Times)

From page to screen, check out the library's selection of works by this master of dark, emotional intrigue.

The spy who came in from the cold by 1931- John Le Carré
Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by 1931- John Le Carré
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The indelible classical actor and action star, Sean Connery, passed away at the age of 90. Connery was a powerhouse of stage and screen, versed in Shakespeare, thrillers, drama, and even romance. But it was his singular portrayal of James Bond that exposed the character and the actor to the world. Connery will live on in our hearts and minds as our King Arthur, our Russian submarine captain, the father of Indiana Jones, and the coolest Brit spy of the 20th century. 

After a remarkable career in law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, only the second woman to join the Court. Much of Ginsburg's career was dedicated to gender equality and women's rights, as well as working as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU. In her later years, Ginsburg was well-known for her dissenting opinions and often wore elaborate collars when dissenting in Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant in the landscape of American law and will remain an icon for generations to come.

Celebrate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with one of the many books and movies about her in CPL's collection.

Children's Materials

Chadwick Boseman will be long remembered for playing powerful Black icons. Boseman had starred as multiple historical and popular figures including Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. But he is best know for inspiring movie-goers of all ages worldwide as The Black Panther. You can find all these films and more in the library collection. RIP and Wakanda Forever!

 

In the late 1960s, after serving in the Air Force during the Korean War and writing copy for a marketing firm, Clive Cussler decided to try his hand at writing fiction. His debut novel, The Mediterranean Caper, was published in 1973 and introduced leading man Dirk Pitt to the world. This started a writing career that lasted up to present day. While Cussler is no longer with us, he has left behind decades of stories to keep the adventure alive.

Valhalla rising by Clive Cussler
Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler
Reaching for the Moon book cover

 

Katherine Johnson was a talented mathematician in a field dominated by white men.

After graduating high school at the age of 15 in the midst of the Great Depression, she earned a full scholarship to West Virginia State Institute's math department. Johnson briefly taught high school and then in 1940 was one of the first Black graduate students chosen to integrate West Virginia University.

In 1953 she began work as a research mathematician for what would become NASA. Katherine Johnson shattered barriers for all women, but particularly for Black women, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

To celebrate the inspirational life of Katherine Johnson, check out the resources below or explore NASA's website. Learn about her and other amazing barrier-breaking mathematicians and scientists.

This is Johnson's autobiography, but there are many books to introduce readers to her life in the Children's Biography collection.

Kirk Douglas will be remembered, in death as in life, for his enduring lead roles of the mid 20th Century. Most recognized for playing historic Roman revolutionary Spartacus, Douglas is also known for another Stanley Kubrick film, Paths of Glory, and for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life. Check out the list below for his works in film and in print.

Kobe Bryant was one of the most talented and influential athletes of the 20th Century. He was revered around the world for his physical abilities as well as his intellectual prowess. Bryant inspired a generation while encouraging the youth to excel beyond the expectations of others. For more about Kobe and his contributions, check out these materials. 

Ernest J. Gaines was born outside of Baton Rouge, LA in 1933. At age 15, Gaines moved with his family to California, where he encountered greater equal access to education. After attending San Francisco State University, he was awarded fellowship at Stanford. Gaines returned to Louisiana in 1963 and garnered critical acclaim with his 1971 book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. That book and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, were both made into feature films. You may find these titles and other powerful works by Gaines in our collection.

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