“Off the Shelf” column for Nov. 25, 2012

Wonder what people are reading, watching, listening to or want to know about? Here’s a report from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library staff.

MOST CHECKED OUT BOOK: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

MOST REQUESTED BOOK: “I, Michael Bennett” by James Patterson

MOST CHECKED OUT AUDIO BOOK: “Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition”

MOST CHECKED OUT CD: A tie between “19” and “21,” both by Adele

MOST CHECKED OUT DVD: “The Hunger Games”

FUN FACT:

In addition to more than 150,000 local visitors to the library’s website, http://www.ebrpl.com, patrons clicked in from around the globe. The largest number of visitors outside the United States were patrons in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada and India.

REFERENCE QUESTION:

What are the top Thanksgiving movies?

The top Thanksgiving movie is the 1973 animated, Emmy winner, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.”

Second is the 1987 film with Steve Martin and John Candy, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.”

Source: The Learning Channel, http://www.tlc.discovery.com, or http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/10-best-thanksgiving-movies.htm

REFERENCE QUESTION:

When did Thanksgiving become an official national holiday?

On Oct. 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said the nation would celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 1863, in recognition of the pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg.

The speech, written by Secretary of State William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be the official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.

Source: http://history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-proclaims-official-thanksgiving-holiday

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer