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New Documentaries on the Shelf

The world before her [videodisc] by Kinosmith, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program present a film by Nisha Pahuja ; writer and director: Nisha Pahuja

The house I live in [videodisc] by Charlotte Street Films presents an Edgewood Way production ; producers, Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin ; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki

The reluctant fundamentalist [videodisc] by IFC Films and Doha Film Institute present a Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic production ; produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher ; screenplay by William Wheeler ; directed by Mira Nair

Defiant requiem [videodisc] by Partisan Pictures ; the Defiant Requiem Foundation ; PBS ; producers, Peter Schnall & Doug Shultz ; director/writer, Doug Shultz

Why ships sink [videodisc] by produced by Jonathan Challis, Olly Jones, Lisa Mirowitz ; directed by Jonathan Challis ... [et al.]

California Statehood

California was admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850. Originally colonized by the Spanish in the 17th century, it became part of Mexico in 1821. In 1846, a group of American settlers declared an independent California Repulic shortly after the beginning of the Mexican-American War. The California Gold Rush of 1848 led to a huge increase in Califronia's population and started an economic boom. Some of the many figures connected to the state's rich and complicated history include Sir Francis Drake, Junipero Serra, John Fremont, Leland Stanford, Upton Sinclair, and William Randolph Hearst. Learn more:

Teachers in the Movies

Just in time for back to school!

Freedom writers [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures ; Double Feature Films ; MTV Films ; Jersey Films ; Kernos Filmproduktiosgesellschaft & Company

Goodbye, Mr. Chips [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

The great debaters [videodisc] by The Weinstein Company presents a Harpo Films production

A lesson before dying [videodisc] by Spanky Pictures production in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions

Like stars on Earth [videodisc] by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents a PVR Pictures and a Aamir Khan Productions film

School Days

Now that school has begun for another year, this would be a good time to learn about some extraordinary teachers both past and present:

A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece by edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs

Nothing daunted: the unexpected education of two society girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

The water is wide by Pat Conroy

Teacher man: a memoir by Frank McCourt

Beyond the miracle worker: the remarkable life of Anne Sullivan Macy and her extraordinary friendship with Helen Keller by Kim E. Nielsen

In the sun's house: my year teaching on the Navajo reservation by Kurt Caswell ; afterword by Rex Lee Jim

The March on Washington, 1963

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. One of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history, it was the site of Martin Luther King's historic I Have a Dream speech. In a year marked by racial unrest and numerous civil rights demonstations, Dr. King pleaded to "let freedom ring."

Nobody turn me around: a people's history of the 1963 march on Washington by Charles Euchner

Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation by Drew D. Hansen

The 1963 civil rights march by Scott Ingram

Computer Basics

Do computers confound you? We can help! Get an introduction to the world of computers and technology in our Computer Basics class. We'll talk about what a computer is and how it works, and how to tell it to do what you want. Learn the very basics, such as turning it on and using the mouse, and prepare for more advanced uses. No experience required! Join us Friday, September 13 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM. Space is limited so register here.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Australia's first 4 billion years [videodisc] by Essential Media and Entertainment ; WGBH ; written, produced, and directed by Richard Smith

Bill Moyers [videodisc]: On the Hudson by Thirteen/WNET ; Public Affairs Television ; produced and directed by Monica Lange, Tom Spain, Kathleen Hughes, and Tom Casciato ; written by Tom Spain, Tom Casciato, Kathleen Hughes, and Bill Moyers

The ghost army [videodisc]

Great Barrier Reef [videodisc]

Last shop standing [videodisc]: rise, fall, & rebirth of the independent record shop by produced Rob Taylor ; directed by Pip Piper

Letters from Jackie [videodisc]: the private thoughts of Jackie Robinson by MLB Productions

Living downstream [videodisc] by a film by Chanda Chevannes

Mars landing 2012 [videodisc]: The new search for life by Cerebellum Documentaries

Doctors and Nurses in War

The new book Surgeon in Blue is the biography of Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War surgeon who, as chief medical officer for the Army of the Potomac, revolutionized combat medicine during four major battles of the war. Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg resulted in an unprecedented number of casualties, and his innovations saved countless lives. Among them was the first organized ambulance corps, and the establishment of hygiene and dietary standards. Learn about other brave doctors, nurses, and medics whose bravery and medical care saved lives while risking their own.

Revolutionary medicine, 1700-1800 by C. Keith Wilbur

Medics at war: military medicine from colonial times to the 21st century by John T. Greenwood, F. Clifton Berry Jr

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett was born on August 17, 1786. While he is probably best known for having perished at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas in 1836, he also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1827 to 1831, representing the 9th district of Tennessee.

Born on a mountaintop: on the road with Davy Crockett and the ghosts of the wild frontier by Bob Thompson

David Crockett: the Lion of the West by Michael Wallis

Davy Crockett [videodisc] by A & E Television Network

The Alamo: an illustrated history by Edwin P. Hoyt

The blood of heroes: the 13-day struggle for the Alamo— and the sacrifice that forged a nation by James Donovan

Low Winter Sun

Detroit will be the setting for the new drama Low Winter Sun which will begin airing on AMC on Sunday, August 11 at 10 p.m. The new drama is based on a 2006 British miniseries of the same name and stars Mark Strong and Lennie James. The story begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective that will eventually pull him into the heart of the local underworld. Not only will the drama be set in the Motor City, but it will also be filmed there with much of the casting coming from the Detroit area. The pilot episode was shot last September, 2012 and nine more will be filmed for the first season. AMC is also home to such groundbreaking programming as Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. View the trailer here.

Go West!

In 1890 the U.S. Census Bureau declared the American frontier to be "closed" - ending one hundred years of expansion. In July, 1893, Frederick Jackson Turner delivered his essay The Significance of the Frontier in American History at the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago, explaining his views on how the idea of a frontier helped to shaped America's characteristics. Beginning with the mountain men and Lewis & Clark, and ending with the closing of the frontier, the Library has a great collection of resources available about our country's westward movement. Start with some of the titles below:

Across the Great Divide: Robert Stuart and the discovery of the Oregon Trail by Laton McCartney

After Lewis and Clark: mountain men and the paths to the Pacific by Robert M. Utley ; maps by Peter H. Dana

The American West by Dee Brown ; photos edited by Martin F.Schmitt