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October 31, 2014

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PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

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A new study from PBS KIDS reveals that parents value their children’s learning of social and emotional skills over academic performance in early learning.

Pick of the Day: Never Forget to Lie | DVD

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Documentary filmmaker Marian Marzynski revisits his Polish roots to tell the story of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of those who were children during World War II in Never Forget to Lie. Read the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Defiant Requiem | DVD

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Defiant Requiem is a powerful film that presents first-hand accounts by survivors who sang in the Thereseinstadt concentration camp and highlights the efforts of conductor Murry Sidlin to bring the Requiem back to Terezin six decades later with a full orchestra and his chorus. Check out the starred review of this moving DVD.

Pick of the Day: Constitution USA with Peter Sagal | DVD

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Constitution USA with Peter Sagal broadly examines our Constitution in both historical and contemporary contexts in a manner that will transfix viewers. Check out the starred review.

Pick of the Day: Silicon Valley (DVD)

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Silicon Valley will be quite “useful in a number of classroom settings as well as for individual research or casual viewing, especially by those with a curiosity about how today’s technology revolution actually began.” Check out the rest of this starred review.

‘TED Talks Education’ to Air May 7 on PBS

Host John Legend at the taping of TED Talks Education. Photo by Joe Sinnott, courtesy of WNET.

Bill Gates, John Legend, and Sir Ken Robinson are among some of the bigger names joining TED next week to discuss education in the conference series’ first ever televised special. Here is a preview of the event, which was recorded earlier this month in New York City.

Pick of the Day: The Man Who Saved the World (DVD)

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Learn how one man changed the course of history during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis in The Man Who Saved the World, a starred DVD from PBS.

Lambda Book Awards, Audie Award Finalists Announced | News Bites

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Finalists for the Lamda Book Awards and Audie Awards were announced; Illustrators and Authors honored with Ezra Jack Keats Awards; March is Music in Schools Month, and other news tidbits for librarians.

Pick of the Day: The Dustbowl (DVD)

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The Dustbowl. 2 DVDs. 4 hrs. Prod. by The Dust Bowl Film Project. Dist. by PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-608883-718-2. $24.99.
Gr 9 Up–Ken Burns, whose name is synonymous with the highest quality of documentary filmmaking, has turned his camera’s eye to the environmental and economic catastrophe that struck America’s heartland in the 1930s. After detailing the calamity’s prelude involving the easy credit available to farmers and the general lack of respect for the ecology of the land, the production methodically [...]

Pick of the Day: The First Ladies (DVD)

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The First Ladies. 2 DVDs. 7 hrs. PBS Dist. 2012. ISBN 978-1-60883-724-3. $34.99.
Gr 7 Up–Five of the most influential and controversial First Ladies are profiled in this production. The segments on Dolley Madison and Eleanor Roosevelt feature narration accompanied by photographs and re-enactments of historic events. The biographies of Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, and Nancy Reagan are principally first person narratives that also incorporate commentary by historians, relatives, and friends with video footage of the time. Dolley Madison is considered our nation’s [...]