New DVDs: Wednesday, April 14

The library currently has two ways to borrow books: “Grab and Go” service allows you to choose your books online in the online catalog (you’ll need to log into your account to place a hold on the books you want). Staff members will pull them and leave them in the cabinet outside the library doors. You can find more detailed instructions here. We are also allowing appointments for in-person browsing for individuals or families. If you’d like to make an appointment to browse in person, call us at 315-986-5932.

Here are a few more of the new videos we’ve received lately:

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A Perfect Planet: The Story of Earth’s Power and Fragility

Planet Earth is perfect. It orbits at the perfect distance from the sun; it tilts at just the right angle, and it has a moon just large enough to hold it in place. On top of that, the day-to-day workings of the planet naturally serve to nurture its plants and animals. The five-part series will show how the forces of nature, weather, ocean currents, solar energy, and volcanoes, drive, shape, and support Earth’s great diversity of life.

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Beyond the Elements

Episode One: Reactions. Just about every solid, liquid, or gas in the world begins with reactions between individual atoms and molecules. David Pogue dives into the transformative world of chemical reactions, from the complex formula that produces cement to the single reaction that’s allowed farmers to feed a global population. Episode Two: Indestructible Scientists and engineers have created virtually indestructible versions of common materials by manipulating the chains of interlocking atoms that give them strength, but have they made them too tough? David Pogue explores the fantastic chemistry behind the everyday materials people depend on, and how the quest for durability can be balanced with products’ environmental impact. Episode Three: Life without the chemistry of photosynthesis, ozone, and a molecule called Rubisco would be impossible. So how did one get so lucky? To find out, host David Pogue investigates the surprising molecules that allowed life on Earth to begin.

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Finding Your Roots. Season Five.

Renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. weaves together genealogical detective work with cutting-edge DNA analysis to trace the ancestry of a diverse array of trailblazing public figures. The result is a captivating cross-section of history, illustrating that diversity is both America’s strength and its constant.

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