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The Library DVD Shelf

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Acorn Media Group
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
9781598289107 $49.99

A seven-part miniseries on DVD, adapted from the classic novel by Muriel Spark and originally broadcast on PBS in 1978, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie tells the story of a strong-willed, unconventional teacher of a 1930's school in Scotland. Brodie's efforts to prepare the impressionable young women at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh reveals the difficultiesof the times - though Brodie adores her students and strives to show them the wonders of art, culture, and self-confidence, she crosses the highly conservative Miss Gaunt, exasperates the headmistress... and attracts the amorous intentions of a married art instructor! A complete collection featuring all seven episodes (and not to be confused with the movie adaptation of the same name), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a treasury of wit, unforgettable characters, and zeal for rising to the challenges posed by life itself. Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 366 min., fullscreen, SDH subtitles.

Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583695 $29.95

Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier is an instructional DVD that works well either stand-alone or as a companion to Toensmeier's book "Perennial Vegetables" (9781931498401, $35.00). A lengthy program teaches gardeners about more than 100 species of lesser-known edible perennial plants, including ground cherry, ramps, air potatoes, and much more. Tending, harvesting, and cooking with perennial vegetables are all covered, and viewersare also invited to tour Toensmeier's beautiful Massachusetts garden! A searchable database of perennial vegetables rounds out this wonderful how-to DVD. Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier will bring joy to active gardening enthusiasts and "armchair gardeners" alike, and is highly recommended for both private and public library gardening DVD collections. 143 min.

Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
85 North Main Street, Suite 120
White River Junction, VT 05001
9781603583275 $24.95

Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (3 hours 13 min.) is an instructional DVD in which Vermont beekeeper Ross Conrad teaches the viewer about organic and natural means to keep honeybees healthy and free from parasitic mites. Today, the chemicals often used to protect beehives are starting to breed resistance in pests, with the potential to cause increasing harm in the future. Natural Beekeeping offers invaluable alternatives, as well as fundamentals that every beekeeper must learn, such as how hive equipment works, and the basic process of harvesting and processing honey. Natural Beekeeping isa "must-have" for aspiring beekeepers, or anyone simply curious to learn more about the process! Also highly recommended for the bee-curious is Chelsea Green's Top Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell (9781603584807, $14.95, 50 min.), an instructional DVD focusing on the top-bar beehive design, in which bees naturally construct their own wax combs, rather then using the prefabricated, plastic cells of common box-hives. Top-bar hives can also be used to facilitate beekeeping without antibiotics or miticides; New Mexico beekeeper Les Crowder draws upon his 30 years of experience to show just how it's done!

Measuring Methods for Artists
Larry Withers
On Air Video Inc.
8203 Westminster Rd.
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Measuring Methods for Artists is a DVD guide designed to teach artists useful techniques for calculating relative sizes and proportions, the better todraw more realistic images of everything from still lifes and landscapes to poses and figurative art. Expert Larry Withers (who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) demonstrates comparative, sight-size, and triangulation measuring methods, using common and inexpensive artists' tools (recommended materials to make optimal use of this DVD include drafting tape, a small carpenter's level, a straight edge/ruler, and a weight attached to a string). A solid, easy-to-use resource, Measuring Methods for Artists is enthusiastically recommended for hobbyists and aspiring professional creators alike.

T-Ball Skills & Drills
Marty Schupak
Youth Sports Club
9 Florence Court
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
9780983924258 $24.95

Veteran youth coach Marty Schupak presents T-Ball Skills & Drills: Tips forT-Ball Coaches & Parents, the latest in an excellent series of DVD resources for youth sports. T-Ball Skills & Drills provides over 30 T-Ball drills ideal for teaching children as young as 5-7 how to improve at the game. Techniques for instructing children in skill such as throwing, catching, hitting, baserunning, and fielding are covered, as are important safety tips. Aninvaluable resource for coaches and parents, T-Ball Skills & Drills is highly recommended especially for public and school library DVD collections. 36 min.

The Golden Age of Toy Trains 1945-1966
A McComas/Stachler Production
TM Books & Video
PO Box 9228
Michigan City, IN 46361
9781936890347 $14.99

The Golden Age of Toy Trains 1945-1966 (65 min.) is a DVD tour of the memorable toy trains created by Lionel and American Flyer (also Marx and Kusan) during the late 40's and 50's. Filled with treasured toy train collections and full-color catalog images, The Golden Age of Toy Trains 1945-1966 evokes nostalgia for when owning these replicas was every boy's birthday dream! Also highly recommended for model railroading enthusiasts is Tinplate Legends in Action 4 (9781936890361, $14.99, 60 min.) an incredible DVD tour of the gigantic model railroading layouts of three devoted hobbyists, featuringboth Standard and O gauge miniature trains.

Intro to Yoga
Tamal Dodge
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2401 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 200
Troy, MI 48084-3304
No ISBN DVD, $14.99,

INTRO TO YOGA offers two yoga programs on one DVD: one teaching the fundamentals and step-by-step basics ad the other moving to an intermediate level.From the basics of yoga breathing and foundation postures to intermediate sequences and programs, this offers a strong survey that moves viewers fromvery basic introductions to more advanced postures and routines, explaining the core movements and their values at every step of the process. It comes from a long-time yoga instructor raised on the family's yoga ashram in Hawaii, and is a top pick for any interested in beginning yoga.

Merrithew Entertainment
c/o Merrithew Health & Fitness
2200 Yonge Street, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M4S 2C6, Canada

Three DVDs pack in descriptions of specific kinds of exercise programs and will prove welcome additions to any DVD exercise holding interested in versatile programs for home or professional studio use. ZEN GA FLOW WITH THE MINI STABILITY BALL ($14.99) teaches the basics of exercising core muscles and challenging balance through the Mini Stability Ball workout program, which promotes Mindful Movement. This workout is lead by instructor Kim Kraushar who specializes in Scott Pilates and Zen Ga. Stott Pilates routines are covered in PILATES TOWEL WORKOUT FOR STRENGTH & MOBILITY ($14.95, lead by instructor Moira Merrithew who teaches using a Conditioning Towel to help create resistance and support movement during exercise. It's a simple routine that can be done anywhere - even in a hotel room when traveling - and this DVD covers the five basic principles and also provides a satisfying workoutwith music only. TOTAL BODY TONE WITH TUBING: UPPER BODY & CORE ($14.99) is taught by Master Instructor Trainer John Garey, who teaches how to develop core and general upper body tone through using resistance tubing to target specific muscles. Again: workouts with music only follow guidelines of the basic principles and practices, making all these exceptional picks for any exercise library.


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