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Thursday, February 11, 2016

DVDs to go with your books

by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian

The next time you come in looking for our nonfiction DVDs, you might be surprised to find them missing from the DVD shelf.  This is because we are now shelving them with the nonfiction books. 

Because we are running out of room, we are going to be rearranging some of the sections in the children’s department, and one of the changes is going to involve moving the children’s DVDs over to the movie shelf on the adult side of the library.  We will still keep them separate so that it’s easy for little ones to browse DVDs.  You can also tell that a DVD is rated G or intended for a very young audience by a pink dot sticker we put on the spine. 

In order to create space for the children’s DVDs, we needed to move the documentaries.  I’ve also heard that shelving nonfiction DVDs with books on the same topic actually helps people find what they’re looking for.  Maybe you wouldn’t think to look in the DVDs when you’re planning a trip to Europe, but if you found a related DVD while looking in the travel books, you might want to borrow it.  So we will give this a try.

Brand-new nonfiction DVDs will still be featured next to the other new DVDs.

So what are some of the recent documentaries we have at the library?  One is Antarctica: A Year on Ice.  This New Zealand film shows what it’s like for research teams to live year-round in the most severe environment on earth.  When this DVD is no longer new, it will be shelved with books on Antarctica in the 998 section.

He Named Me Malala tells the story of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.  This documentary tells about the events that led up to the Taliban’s attack on her at age fifteen and her activist work for children’s rights afterward, leading to a speech to the United Nations and her Nobel Peace Prize.  Once this movie is no longer on the shelf of new DVDs, it will be shelved next to her book I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban in the 371 section. 

The new film Amy is nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar this year.  This is the story of the late Amy Winehouse, featuring previously unseen footage of the musician and previously unheard songs.  Amy won five Grammys for her album Back to Black and died in 2011 at the age of 27.  When this movie isn’t brand-new, it will be shelved in the 782 section with books on vocal music, including biographies of singers.

The Drop Box is a documentary that shows the work of Pastor Jong-rak Lee in Seoul, South Korea.  His church has a “baby box” where mothers can anonymously leave babies they don’t want or can’t care for.  His work began when he found an abandoned infant on the steps of his church, and he created this ministry to meet a need in a city where hundreds of babies are abandoned on the street every year, especially those who are disabled or born to single mothers.  When this movie is no longer new, it will be in the 305 section with books on babies and children. 

I hope that this new system will allow you to find more of what you’re looking for.  If you have any trouble, please ask a staff member and we’ll be happy to guide you to the right place.