Death

The Outsiders

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This two-disc special edition is Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel about two rival teen gangs in rural Oklahoma. When the gangs get into a brawl, and it ends with the death of one of the members, they have to face the consequences and come to terms with their violent ways of life.

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01:53
The Outsiders

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Unabridged)

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An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

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1230L
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08:00
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Unabridged)

Art Through Time: Death

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Death is one of the few experiences common to all people and all societies. But how different people have conceived of death and how those conceptions have shaped their behaviors and practices has varied over time and across cultures. Through art, people have expressed attitudes toward death that are in some respects universal, while in others personally and culturally specific. They have, moreover, used a wide range of objects, images, and structures to negotiate the processes of aging and dying, grieving, and commemorating.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Copies: 1

Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!

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820L

The Cellist of Sarajevo

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Sarajevo in the 1990's, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre.

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05:23

Charlotte's Web

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Copies: 25

Wilbur is the runt of a litter born to a pig on the farm of Fern Arable's father. When it is announced that her father is going to kill the pig, Fern rushes forth to save it, asking of her father: "If I had been very small at birth, would you have killed me?" Her father spares the pig, but only if Fern agrees to care for it. Falling in love immediately with the little pig, she feeds him regularly with a bottle, and names him Wilbur.

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680L

Bullfight: La Fiesta Brava (English) (2004)

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To understand Spain, one must understand the spectacle of the bullfight -- la fiesta brava. Explore the history of bullfighting, as actual bullfighting footage is used to explain each step of the ritual.
1) Students will learn about the history of bullfighting.
2) Students will understand the relevance of bullfighting as a cultural phenomenon.

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High
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00:51
Bullfight: La Fiesta Brava (English)

The Matador

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The Matador is the epic tale of David Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter. Heart-wrenching setbacks and thrilling successes dramatize "El Fandi's" three-year journey across Spain and Latin America and into the pages of bullfighting history. More than one man's quest for greatness, The Matador is a story of love―of a son for his family, of audiences for their heroes, of a people for their cultural traditions, and of the bullfighter's paradoxical love for the majestic beast that he must kill to create his art.

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High
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01:15
The Matador

Eggs

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Copies: 4

Nine-year-old David has recently lost his mother to a freak accident, his salesman father is constantly on the road, and he is letting his anger out on his grandmother.

Sarcastic and bossy 13-year-old Primrose lives with her childlike, fortuneteller mother, and a framed picture is the only evidence of the father she never knew.

Despite their differences, David and Primrose forge a tight yet tumultuous friendship, eventually helping each other deal with what is missing in their lives.

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610L
Eggs

The Summer of Riley

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William's new dog, Riley, is in trouble. He chased a neighbor's horse, and local law punishes any animal that chases livestock. William will do anything to save his dog's life. Riley has become the friend he's needed after his grandfather's sudden death and his parents' separation.

Will William and his friend Grace be able to save Riley—even if several citizens and the bully Ellis Porter think Riley deserves the most severe punishment possible?

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540L
The Summer of Riley

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