May 24, 2018

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Tyrus | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 7 Up –As a nine-year-old boy, Tyrus Wong emigrated to California from China with his father in the early 1900s, experiencing deprivation, poverty, and prejudice during his formative years.

‘Fifty Shades’ Notwithstanding, Librarians Embrace the Great American Read

Any booklist is bound to be picked apart. So it’s no surprise that librarians have opinions about the 100 best-loved novels named in “The Great American Read.”

The Cheetah Children | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4 Up –Having gained the trust and acceptance of a mother cheetah, conservationist and cameraman Kim Wolhuter takes viewers on an 18-month journey into the life of the cheetah and her five cubs.

PBS Releases “America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels” in Advance of “The Great American Read”

What is America’s most-loved novel? PBS gives viewers a list of 100 titles to choose from and an eight-part series to discuss the books and their impact.

PBS KIDS Video App

Chock full of quality children’s programs, the newly updated PBS KIDS Video App is an absolute no-brainer download for families, and for preschool and primary classrooms and libraries. The app is free, easy to navigate and available for both iOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. The attractive, kid-friendly interface offers immediate access to such series […]

Civic-Minded Students Can Win Trip to DC with PBS

As the presidential primaries continue, kids can learn about the election process through a poster competition.

PBS Calls for Entries in “Digital Innovators” Educator Program

K–12 educators across the U.S. who go above and beyond in leveraging technology and digital media to support student learning are eligible to enter the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. All entrants will be eligible for professional development and other perks; one “lead innovator” will be selected from each state.

PBS Launches Emperor Science Award for 10th and 11th Graders

A student in high school today just might become the scientist who develops a cure for cancer. PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) are giving 300 students such an opportunity over the next three years with The Emperor Science Award.

PBS Digital Innovators Program Application Open for Ed Tech Leaders

Tech-savvy K–12 educators can apply for the third annual 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program recognizing the top 100 applicants who are incorporating digital media in classrooms.

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series

The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

PBS KIDS Says School Readiness Is More Than Letters and Numbers

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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 […]