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The Science of Disney Imagineering (DVD)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My boys and I have watched a couple DVD's in the new series The Science of Disney Imagineering. This past week we watched Energy, a few weeks ago we watched Newton's 3 Laws of Motion to help my 3rd grader prepare for his science test. It is an amazing series. The topic is presented by a fun young man and they use several rides at Disney parks to illustrate the topic. In Energy they use the Mad Tea Party spinning teacups to show how work is applied to an object and how energy conservation is demonstrated.

The series is designed for upper elementary, but it is a very fun way to see the topic in action. They also have two great additional items. There is a quiz covering the material. If you get the incorrect answer it plays the segment form the video as a review. They also include a try at home experiment-in Energy - it is how to make your own Newton's Cradle to demonstrate conservation of energy. My boys ask to see these DVD's numerous times-how often does that happen? You and your kids will learn a lot and have fun.

Cindy A. Circulation

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The Namesake (DVD)

Friday, June 17, 2011
The Namesake (DVD)

This movie is based on the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. I enjoyed this story which begins in India with the marriage of Gogol’s parents, continues in America with the birth of Gogol and his sister and moves on to Gogol’s life as a teen and young adult as he tries to fit in as an American but is pulled by the traditional values of his Indian parents. The end brings it all together. It is beautifully done. I heartily recommend this DVD for your enjoyment.

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Betsy H., Reference

 

 

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (DVD)

Friday, June 17, 2011
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (DVD)
I really enjoyed this story of Ben Carson, staring Cuba Gooding, growing up in a broken home with never enough money and facing prejudice. His single mother kept the family together with her love, wisdom, and hard work. How Ben overcomes great odds to become the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeon is an inspirational story. This is based on a true story.
 

Betsy H., Reference

 

 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (DVD)

Friday, March 4, 2011
A Disney fun family adventure from the creators of National Treasure. Balthazar Blake (Cage) discovers that Dave (Baruchel), a geeky kid interested in physics, has hidden potential power to help him defend Manhattan against the dark forces. Balthazar takes Dave on a crash course in magic to become a powerful sorcerer’s apprentice. The special effects are very entertaining
 
Kathleen Z., Library Director
 
 
 

Dear John (DVD)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I had heard a lot of people talking about this DVD and I enjoy the author Nicholas Sparks so I took this home. It was what I had expected, the test of time of a relationship with the man in the Army and the woman going to college. It wasn't thrilling but I enjoyed it as a light movie.

Sue N., Youth Services

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The Horse Boy (DVD)

Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Horse Boy (DVD)

I so recommend the DVD The Horse Boy. It’s a documentary filmed and narrated by the father and mother of a small autistic boy and their approach to healing by a Shaman in Mongolia after intense years of traditional medicine and procedures in the U.S. It is so exquisitely filmed – it’s not "smaltzy" or sad – just so profound. It really shows what extreme lengths parents will go to for their child. The scenery is truly breathtaking and the final outcome for the boy is very positive.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

 

Seven Days in September, 7 Days, 27 Filmmakers, 1 Powerful Story About 9/11 (DVD)

Friday, August 6, 2010

I found this DVD while browsing and decided to watch it.  It was moving as well as distressing. Amateur filmmakers and citizens share their videos of the week of the terrible terroriest attack on our country. It was uplifting to see how the New York residents pulled together, prayed together and wept together.  In spite of the grimness and horror, the film showed triumph.  I felt really good after viewing this DVD.



Sue N., Youth Services

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Dr. Who New Television Series One, Two and Three (DVDs)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Top 10 Reasons to Watch Dr. Who:
 
1.    David Tennant
2.    Dr Who is Not cool, it’s beyond cool
3.    The Tardis, best space ship ever
4.    It’s Time Travel!
5.    It’s Funny AND Scary AND that’s just the Aliens!
6.    Fantastic female characters
7.    The Daleks – the best alien villains made out of pepper pots
8.    The theme music
9.    Your kids will learn something and they won’t even know it      
10.    David Tennant
 

Diane, Administration

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Love Happens (DVD)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I thought this Jennifer Anniston movie would be another formula chick flick. True, a romance develops after the main characters have a chance encounter, a la chick flicks. But the backstory of a self-help guru needing help himself to overcome a personal tragedy broadens Love Happens into an appealing drama.

Doris, Reference

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The Book of Eli (DVD)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Like the movie “9”, the “Book of Eli” takes place “after the end of the world” as we know it today. The existence for humans consists of searching for drinkable water and edible food. In some cases, cannibalism is a means of subsistence. The landscape is bleak.

Eli is walking west carrying a special book as part of a mission. Whenever he encounters “a community,” he is considered an outsider, so he has to fight his way “out” to survive. Eli’s skills with weapons are amazing. He is joined by a follower that is intrigued by his manner and the fact that he has read from the same book “every day” for 30 years. One entrapped community has a leader that is searching for a particular book that will
give him renowned powers. His underlings are always on the lookout for any book so that they can show their leader to receive praise. Eli’s book is identified, so he has to step up his means to stay alive and protect his treasure.

The book becomes in possession by the wrong hands. But once it is unwrapped and opened the greedy leader cannot read how to gain worldly powers because the book is written in Braille. Eli is wounded while protecting his treasure. Questions are raised about how he survives. Once Eli is in a safe place, he verbally recites “The Book” (Bible) so it is written in a more universal language and kept in a protected archive. His follower continues walking west to fulfill “His” mission.

Geralyn, Technical Services

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