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(Our Community Reads Series is a selection of books read by community members and filmed for T.V. viewing. See the separate Our Community Reads section for a complete listing of these books.)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Number: VC250 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 27 min.

Travel on the Nautilus, a nuclear-powered submarine controlled by the evil genius Captain Nemo.

A, My Name is Alice
Number: VC1419 Grade Level: P/I Length: 7 min.

Reader: Mike Follett
Author: Jane Bayer
Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
The well-known jump rope ditty which is built on letters of the alphabet is illustrated with animals from all over the world.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Number: VC16 Grade Level: All Length: 2 hrs.

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Aesop's Fables: Ant and the Grasshopper
Number: VC265 Grade Level: P/I Length: 12 min.

An animated fable which points out the familiar moral that we can't play all the time but must work and save for a time of need.

After the Hurricane
Number: VC1659 Grade Level: 4-9 Length: 27 min.

Hurricane Andrew, the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history, slammed into South Florida at 164 miles an hour. Andrew’s winds gusted so hard that they broke the wind gauge at the National Hurricane Center. Andrew left 160,000 people homeless and wreaked environmental damage that will take years to repair. Scientists fear the area may be entering a new cycle of major hurricanes. Visit South Florida, and meet some of the people who are rebuilding their lives in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. (Closed Captioned)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Number: VC1457 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.
Reader: Kenneth (Chip) Damato
Author: Judith Viorst
Illustrator: Ray Cruz
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Almo's A Man
Number: VC256 Grade Level: J/H Length: 39 min.

LeVar Burton plays David, a black teenager farm worker in the Deep South during the late 1930s. He persuades his mother to give him part of his earnings for a used handgun. He accidentally kills a mule and his father demeans him in front of the land owner who demands that he work 25 months to pay for the animal. At nightfall, armed with vague notions of manhood and independence, Dave retrieves his gun and hops aboard a passing train.

Alphabet (Rock ‘N Learn)
Number: VC1672 Grade Level: P Length: 35 min.

Developed by educators and pop musicians, this program includes: 1) Highly visual, colorful action; 2) Catchy songs with a fun, pop sound; 3) Letter recognition; 4) Simple word/letter associations; 5) Vocabulary enrichment; and 6) Practice writing letters and numbers.

Alphabet Train
Number: VC1673 Grade Level: P Length: 60 min.

From A-to-Z, “Amtrak-to-Zephyr”, packed with one full hour of fun and learning, this exciting video enhances children’s natural learning ability while exploring some of the coolest aspects of real trains. The student will develop skills in vocabulary and phonics, and while interacting with the children on the video will explore: “in & out”, “over & under”, “teamwork”, “above & below”, “off & on”, “same & different”, all sorts of really cool trains and their sounds, train safety, railroad jobs from “Brakeman-to-Yardmaster” and of course, The Alphabet.  

Amazing Mallika
Number: VC1649 Grade Level:P Length: 15 min.

A tiger cub who lives in India’s Ranthambhore Park wild life preserve learns some ways to control her quick temper. End pages in the accompanying book give factual information about India. The instructional goals are: 1) To explore strategies for coping with anger; 2) To help students develop techniques for anger management; 3) To familiarize students with the concepts of endangered habitats and species; 4) To introduce information about tigers; and 5) To introduce students to the culture of India and its people. 

Amy and the Angel
Number: VC261 Grade Level: J/H Length: 30 min.

Depressed about her lack of social life and her parents' divorce, 17-year-old Amy considers suicide. Then her guardian angel shows her how dismal life would have been if she'd never been born. Amy realizes that things really aren't as bad as they seemed, and she now faces life with new optimism and self-esteem.

Apples
Number: VC1062 Grade Level: K-J Length: 30 min.

Come on an exploration of our favorite fruit, the apple! Visit an apple orchard over the seasons from winter pruning to fall harvesting. Hear the story of important apple pioneers, Johnny Appleseed and John McIntosh. Look at apple cells through an electron microscope. Share in the Halloween excitement of apply bobbing and candied apple making.

Baby Animals on the Farm
Number: VC1694 Grade Level: P Length: 30 min.

This video features an up-close look at the world of farm animals.

Baby Farm Animals and Friends
Number: VC1674 Grade Level:  P Length: 30 min.

Join Teddy and his pal, Bunny, in their fun-filled day of adventure as they discover the world of Baby Farm Animals. You’ll meet Brownie the calf, Katie the kitten, Thimble the bunny, Arnold the piglet, Lightning the colt and so many more. See them in their natural beauty as they run and play in a wondrous farm setting.  

The Baker’s Dozen
Number: VC1430 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.

Reader: Dan Hundrup
Author: Heather Forest
Illustrator: Susan Gaber
A greedy baker who offends a mysterious old woman suffers misfortune in his business, until he discovers what happens when generosity replaces greed.

Bartleby
Number: VC863 Grade Level: J/H Length: 28 min.

The enigmatic, haunting story of the man who "preferred no to" has been imaginatively translated into film, with authentic locales and period sets.

Basic Grammar Series: Modifiers
Number: VC567 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.

This video teaches students how to test given words to find out if the words are adjectives or adverbs.

Basic Grammar Series: Nouns
Number: VC565 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.

This video teaches students how to test given words to find out if the words are nouns.

Basic Grammar Series: Verbs
Number: VC566 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.

This video teaches students how to test given words to find out if the words are verbs.

Bea’s Own Good
Number:VC1650 Grade Level:P Length:15 min. 

A young French honeybee learns the rules to keep the honeycomb strong, to make the best honey, and to keep the bees safe. Endpapers in the accompanying book feature factual information about bees, the Chateau of Villandry, and France. The instructional goals are: 1)To investigate the function of rules at home and at school; 2) To promote responsibility and self-control; 3) To explore the lives of bees and other insects; and 4) To present information about the culture and geography of France.

Beauty & the Beast
Number: VC273 Grade Level: P Length: 19 min.

Puppet animation tells the story of the handsome young prince who has been changed into an ugly beast by an evil witch and of the young girl whose love for him, despite his appearance breaks the spell.

Beauty and the Beast
Number: VC1465 Grade Level: P/I Length: 28 min.

Reader: Mike Divilbiss
Author: Marianna Mayer
Illustrator: Mercer Mayer
Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Number: VC276 Grade Level: J/H Length: 48 min.

Shelly Duval plays Bernice, who is transformed from a reticent "ugly duckling" to a sought-after vamp by her manipulative cousin Marjorie. Bernice becomes so adroit in using the social cliches and conventions that she wins the hearts of all Marjorie's suitors. However, when she is trapped into bobbing her hair to prove her mettle, Bernice loses her new-found beauty. Her revenge gives the story a delightful, ironic twist.

The Big Red Barn
Number: VC1270 Grade Level: P/I Length: 8 min.

Barnyard animals are introduced in charming rhyme from Margaret Wise Brown's popular book.

Big Work Trucks
Number: VC1675 Grade Level: P Length: 29 min.

You will tour the world’s largest truck factory in Kentucky to learn how bug trucks are built. Then it’s off to learn about various types of big trucks, their drivers and the important work they do. You will get to take a ride with Tami in the 210 ton dump truck she drives into and out of a large mine. Meet Rocky as he drives you through a logging operation. Follow along with George as he brings his beautiful tractor-trailer rig in for maintenance before he starts off on another trip across country.

Biggest Bears!
Number: VC1676 Grade Level: P Length: 22 min.

Through beautiful animal photography, original music and song, and through a fun-filled educational story narrated by a five-year-old Alaskan boy, we discover the mighty Alaska grizzly and take a really great romp through some of the wildest places in The Last Frontier. Visit giant Alaska grizzlies and their friends including: eagles, dall sheep, caribou, fox, black bear, sea otter.  

The Blue and the Gray
Number: VC1458 Grade Level: P/I Length: 10 min.
Reader: Frank Bruneel
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Ned Bittinger
As a black boy and his white friend watch the construction of a house which will make them neighbors on the site of a Civil War battlefield, they agree that their homes are monuments to that war.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Blue Hotel, The
Number: VC280 Grade Level: J/H Length: 55 min.

The time is the 1880s. A young Swede arrives at the hotel of a moody, frontier Nebraska town. He anticipates the Wild West of dime novels - and parlays that anticipation into his own death. Unable to relate positively to his new environment, the Swede is antagonistic to the hotel keeper and his fellow guests. A fateful card game results in accusations of cheating, a fight and a violent climax.

Boarded Window, The
Number: VC281 Grade Level: J/H Length: 17 min.

Through flashback sequences, viewers see scenes from the lives of a hunter and his wife who lived in a one-window cabin: the wife, fretful and feverish, in her last illness; the grief-stricken husband who lovingly prepared her body for burial and dug her grave; and finally, the terrifying flash in which a macabre incident explains why the window was boarded forever against the world.

Book Connections: Exploring Friendships
Number: VC900 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 21 min.

Some of the most important experiences in students' lives involve their circle of friends. This video examines such important topics as: peer pressure, honesty, loyalty, sacrifice and building better friendships. Students will learn how to deal with these issues by enjoying a combination of contemporary and classic adult fiction.

The Bunyans
Number: VC1460 Grade Level: P/I Length: 11 min.

Reader: James Hottois
Author: Audrey Wood
Illustrator: David Shannon
Paul Bunyan, his wife, and their children do some ordinary things which result in the formation of Niagara Falls, Bryce Canyon, and other natural monuments.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Call of the Wild
Number: VC17 Grade Level: I/J/H Length: 14 min.

Set in Alaska, this beautiful tale of friendship is adapted from the classic novel by Jack London.

Can’t Drown This Town
Number: VC1660 Grade Level: 4-9 Length: 30 min.

The summer of 1993 brought disaster to areas of the Midwest. Floods destroyed homes and property in a dramatic show of the Mississippi River’s catastrophic potential. Ste. Genevieve has long struggled to contain the river’s rising waters during flood season, and the problems faced in Ste. Genevieve illustrate the larger problem of river management. Examine the disastrous impact of the 1993 flood in Ste. Genevieve, an astonishing illustration of the Mississippi River’s great untamed power. (Closed Captioned)

Casey at the Bat
Number: VC292 Grade Level: P/I/J Length: 9 min.

Score high on interest with the poetic saga of the Mudville Nine. With two men out and two on base, Casey steps up to the plate and learns a striking lesson about overconfidence and false pride!

The Cat in the Hat
Number: VC1129 Grade Level: P Length: 30 min.

It's a rainy afternoon, and two kids with nothing to do are surprised and delighted to discover a Cat in a Hat at their door. The Cat in the Hat is filled with tricks, and when he's not busy searching the house for his missing moss-covered, three handled, family gredunza, he plays the piano, and even gets the kids to sing along. Later, when mom returns home, the Cat in the Hat proves that he's a kid's best friend by magically cleaning up the mess they all made!

Chaucer and the Medieval Period: English Literature
Number: VC731 Grade Level: J/H Length: 13 min.

The purpose of this video is to provide a visual background that will enliven and make more meaningful the study of medieval English literature.

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones
Number: VC1442 Grade Level: P/I Length: 4 min.

Reader: Martin Bochenek
Author: Ruth Heller
A pictorial introduction to the animals that lay eggs, including chickens as well as other birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects, and even a few mammals.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)

Christmas Carol
Number: VC1592   Grade Level: J/H Length: 100 min.

George C. Scott stars in this critically acclaimed version of Charles Dickens' holiday classic in which one man discovers the true meaning of Christmas.  Filmed entirely on location in the historic English town of Shrewsbury, this lavish production vividly brings to life one of the world's best-loved Christmas stories.

Christmas Gift, A
Number: VC595 Grade Level: P/I/J/H Length: 15 min.

This is a short claymation about a little street boy who stares in peoples windows watching their Christmas celebrations and then shares his one piece of bread and cheese with an old woman who has no food.

Colon, Semicolon and Quotation Marks
Number: VC759 Grade Level: I/J Length: 14 min.

Three separate and amusing sequences tell viewers about the colon, semicolon and quotation marks.

Cop and the Anthem, The: The LCA Short Story Library Series
Number: VC306 Grade Level: J/H Length: 23 min.

Soapy is a bum desperately trying to go to jail for the winter so he can stay warm. Despite a number of escapades, he fails to get locked up. Inspired by a hymn he hears outside a church, Soapy decides to mend his ways - then, ironically, he is arrested for "loitering."

Country Cousin, The
Number: VC308 Grade Level: P Length: 9 min.

Abner, a country mouse, visits his cousin Monty, a city mouse. At first impressed by the splendor of the city, Abner later becomes overwhelmed by the mass confusion and high-tails it back to the simplicity of the country.

Creation, The
Number: VC597 Grade Level: P/I/J/H Length: 15 min.

This video is a claymation version of the Biblical story of creation.

The Cricket in Time Square
Number: VC1413 Grade Level: P/I Length: 14 min.

Reader: Bob Fulton
Author: George Selden
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.  (Our Community Reads 1998 Series)
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