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March 2016 - Staff Edition

March Madness

The brackets are pouring in, and the big screen TV is hooked up and ready for Round 1. The glue gun is ready to secure the brackets to the walls, and fresh highlighters are waiting for the first winners to be announced. Let the madness begin!

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New DVDs

The Bible: the Epic Miniseries

This 10-part miniseries meets the overwhelming challenge of bringing the story of the Bible to film in a way that embraces modern technology and makes the stories seem relevant and fresh to today's audiences.

4 discs, 481 min., not rated

Deadly Ascent

A team of researchers, doctors, and mountaineering experts ascend Mt. McKinley to investigate the cause of the mysterious and lethal sickness that afflicts climbers in high altitudes.

56 min., not rated

Everest: 50 Years on the Mountain

Half a century ago, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to stand atop the highest mountain on earth. Now their sons and Brent Bishop, son of the first American to summit Everest, make a historic expedition to face Everest's unforgiving heights.

90 min., not rated

The French Revolution

Encapsulates this heady (and often headless) period in Western civilization vividly unfurled in a maelstrom of violence.

100 min. not rated

The Girls in the Band

The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.

88 min., not rated

Muscle Shoals

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound.

111 min., rated PG

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New in the Professional Library

Lit Up

Can screen-obsessed teenagers be turned on to serious reading? David Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York City public school for an entire academic year and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester County. Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance of and inspiration provided by great books.

Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets

Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later--after a friend at a late-night party in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country.


Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated--and even more determined to report on what she saw.

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Did You Know?

In this presidential election year, how well do you know our nation's history and government? You can find out by going to our reference database, INSPIRE, and taking a U.S. Citizenship practice test. If you have not already created a login for the site, you will need to register in order to take a test. You can click on the links above, or click on the INSPIRE logo on your launcher and then choose the green Testing and Reference Center button. The citizenship practice tests can be found under International Tools.

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