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  1. The Library DVD Shelf

    The Story of Math Collection
    Hosted by Professor Marcus du Sautoy
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288902 $79.99 www.acornonline.com

    The Story of Math Collection is a five-DVD documentary about the
    extraordinary history and beauty of the discipline of mathematics.
    From ancient surveyors in the cradle of civilization who needed
    mathematics to keep track of farmland and taxes, to modern-day
    contributions that expand our understanding of the universe itself,
    The Story of Math Collection is not only about equations, but also
    about the creative and often unusual individuals who advanced
    humanity's collective understanding. The DVDs include "The Story of
    Math" series, "The Music of the Primes" which focuses upon the quest
    to learn about harmony in the prime numbers, and "The Code", which is
    about patterns that often recur in nature. Bonus materials include
    brief viewer's guides, short biographies of notable mathematicians,
    and three "math shorts". Accessible to viewers of all ages and
    backgrounds, The Story of Math makes learning about science fun, and
    is worthy of the highest recommendation especially for high school and
    college library DVD collections. 5 DVDs, 484 min. plus bonus,
    widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    My Digital Life
    Learning ZoneXpress
    667 East Vine Street
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    $79.95 www.learningzonexpress.com

    Intended both youth and adult viewers, My Digital Life is a DVD
    overview of challenges endemic to the digital age. Topics addressed
    including being aware of privacy concerns online, one's digital
    footprint (the internet is "written in ink" in that anything posted
    there is potentially archived forever, saved on a vast multitude of
    people's computers), common misconceptions about "multitasking" and
    how it can interfere with learning, the risk of neglecting
    interpersonal skills in an era where social media are increasingly
    prevalent, and much more. My Digital Life does not demonize the new
    wired world, but it does put forth the value of taking time to unplug,
    and ensuring that technology does not encroach upon one's need for
    sleep, or other valuable aspects of life. Printable teaching materials
    are available online for this excellent, educational DVD, ideal for
    homeroom viewing and high school or public library DVD collections. 28

    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    193777242X $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Licensed for public performance, Detropia (a tell-all fusion of
    "Detroit" and "dystopia") is a documentary of Detriot, one of
    America's cities hardest-hit by deindustrialization. Detropia tells of
    how Detroit became the destination of African-Americans fleeing from
    racist Jim Crow laws in the South; how manufacturing bolstered the
    middle class; and how America's love affair with the automobile shaped
    the economic foundations of the "Motor City" - with devastating
    results when the industry all but collapsed. The Great Recession of
    2009 onward put Detroit on the brink, hollowed out its middle class,
    expanded its slums and exacerbated its ills. Yet there are those who
    will not give up hope, and envision a revolutionary new future for a
    postindustrial Detroit. A striking portrayal of human resilience and
    ingenuity grappling with the fallout of an all but broken economic
    system, Detropia is highly recommended. 86 minutes (58 minute version
    on disc), SDH captions.

    She-Wolves: England's Early Queens
    Athena Learning
    c/o Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598287677 $34.99 www.acornonline.com

    As seen on public television, She-Wolves: England's Early Queens is a
    documentary on DVD based on the book by historian Dr. Helen Castor,
    about the women in England's history who dared to assume the throne -
    or at least, make the attempt. 800 years ago, Matilda (daughter of
    Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conqueror) was the first to
    seek to wear the crown; others followed, despite the fierce opposition
    of a male-dominated world. Women who sought rulership were demonized,
    called "she-wolves", stymied, betrayed, imprisoned, and worse. A 16-
    page viewer's guide complements this extraordinary exploration of the
    lives of seven early English Queens in a staunchly patriarchal
    society. She-Wolves: England's Early Queens is as fascinating as it is
    educational, and highly recommended especially for public and college
    library DVD collections. 185 min., widescreen, SDH subtitles.

    Unfinished Spaces
    a film by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
    Bullfrog Films, Inc.
    PO Box 149
    Oley, PA 19547
    193777239X $295.00 www.bullfrogfilms.com

    Unfinished Spaces is an award-winning documentary offering a glimpse
    into Cuban cultural history. In 1961, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara
    tasked three bright young architects with constructing Cuba's National
    Art Schools upon a former golf course in Havana. The school's first
    classes, instructing dancers, musicians, and artists from across the
    country, began while construction was still unfinished; yet work on
    the schools was abruptly halted when the political climate turned
    against the project. Forty years later, the unfinished schools remain
    in use, though suffering from the ravages of time and wear. Castro
    personally invited the exiled architects to return to Cuba and finish
    their masterpiece. Unfinished Spaces is a wonderful addition to
    library DVD collections about art and art history, highly recommended.
    86 minutes (an abridged 58 minute version is also available on the
    DVD), with optional English SDH Captions or Spanish subtitles.

    Wodehouse Playhouse: The Complete Collection
    Acorn Media Group
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 620
    Silver Spring, MD 20910-3403
    9781598288971 $59.99 www.acornonline.com

    Wodehouse Playhouse: The Complete Collection gathers twenty of the
    funniest BBC television shows by celebrated writer P.G. Wodehouse.
    Oscar nominee Pauline Collins and her real-life husband John Alderton
    are an acting tour de force, bringing Wodehouse's witty insights and
    devious comedy to vibrant life. Bonus features include photo
    galleries, a biography of P.G. Wodehouse, and an insert with
    background notes about stories and characters. Wodehouse personally
    offers introductions to the first seven stories in this mockingly
    mirthful collection, highly recommended especially for gift-giving!
    The stories are "The Truth about George", "Romance at Droitgate Spa",
    "Portrait of a Disciplinarian", "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court",
    "The Rise of Minna Nordstrom", "Rodney Fails to Qualify", "A Voice
    from the Past", "Anselm Gets His Chance", "Mr. Potter Takes a Rest
    Cure", "Strychnine in the Soup", "Feet of Clay", "The Nodder", "The
    Code of the Mulliners", "The Smile That Wins", "Trouble down at
    Tudsleigh", "Tangled Hearts", "The Luck of the Stiffhams", "The Editor
    Regrets", "Big Business", and "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo". 6 DVDs, 628
    min., fullscreen, English subtitles.

    Saint Barbara
    Ignatius Press
    PO Box 1339
    Fort Collins, CO 80522
    9781586178161 $19.95 www.ignatius.com

    Saint Barbara: Convert and Martyr of the Early Church is movie on DVD
    about the inspirational life of Saint Barbara. In 303 A.D. Barbara was
    the pagan daughter of a Roman governor; she converted to Christianity,
    and spoke up for her fellow Christians. She was tortured and martyred
    for her faith, yet her serenity, compassion, and conviction are
    idolized to this day. Saint Barbara: Convert and Martyr of the Early
    Church recreates a Roman setting with a solid, historical
    understanding of the time period, though some fictional characters are
    interspersed with the historical characters in this dramatic tale of
    sacrifice and redemption. 100 min., English/Spanish subtitles,

    Religious Mysteries, Volume One
    Ignatius Press
    PO Box 1339
    Fort Collins, CO 80522
    9781586178154 $27.95 www.ignatius.com

    Religious Mysteries, Volume One is the beginning of a documentary DVD
    series examining mysteries about Catholic saints, apparitions, Popes,
    and sacred sites. Volume one has three fascinating featurettes: "The
    Secret of Bernadette", about Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879)
    and her miraculous visions of the blessed Virgin Mary; "The Pope of
    Mercy", about Pope John Paul II and the Polish nun St. Faustina
    Kowalska, whose visions formed the foundation of the Divine Mercy
    devotion; and "The Lost Ark", about the legendary Ark of the Covenant,
    the Ethiopian claim to possess and cherish this sacred object, and
    testimony from an Italian architect who photographed it. Captivating
    photography blends with the soul-stirring narratives in this choice
    pick for Christian DVD collections.150 min.


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