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In The Stacks

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

'Life Breath & CPR and CPR Review for Infants and Children'

Learn or review CPR techniques that could save someone's life. From clearing blocked airways and emergency breathing, to recognizing warning signs of heart attacks and strokes, this is indispensable information delivered clearly.

'The 10th Mountain Division'

During World War II, a handpicked division of mountain-climbing soldiers was formed specifically to free Italy's mountains from the Germans. Soldiers climbed, single-file and in the dark, up 1500-foot cliffs to seize, occupy, and defend Riva Ridge and Mount Belevedere, earning them their reputation as one of the most feared divisions. This film blends rare film footage from American, Italian, and German sources.

'Unleash Your Dog's Potential'

Said to improve dog's behavior, aid in recovery from illnesses and injuries, and enhance the quality of dog's lives, the Ttouch bodywork shown in this video is being used by dog breeders, trainers, owners, and veterinarians around the world. Learn specific touches, leading exercises, and confidence courses to help your dog be the best he or she can be.

'Iditarod: A Far Distant Place'

This documentary records the struggles of three very different mushers and their teams as they compete to win the Iditarod. Mike Williams, a Yup'ik Eskimo, calls himself the Sobriety Musher: He uses the race as a platform to promote sobriety. Lynda Plettner is running her sixth Iditarod, this time with a new, untried dog team. And Mike Nosko has to balance his desire to place well with the knowledge that his dogs' well-being comes before winning the race.

'Poles Apart'

In 1992, a group of four women took off across the ice of Antarctica on skis, heading for the South Pole, relying only on themselves to ferry their equipment and supplies. Through interviews before and after the event, interspersed with video and still shots during the trek, viewers get a sense of the hard work and comraderie that made the trip successful.

Contrasted with the women's trek is the account of the journey of the two-man team who reached the South Pole at the same time.

'Backpacking through Europe with Bryan Roe'

Wanna travel in Europe but think you're too broke to have a good time? Let Bryan prove you wrong!

Aimed at young and restless twenty-somethings, this guide will show you how to travel on a budget, find safe, inexpensive places to stay, and suss out the good parties and festivals.

'Pilobolus Dance Theatre'

Think kinetic sculpture with bodies. Beautifully arranged compositions that move and flow from one pose to the next, dancelike, but unlike any dance you've seen before. Maybe Cirque de Soleil, without the Cirque, but this came first. Sit back on the couch and prepare to ooh and ahh.

'Introduction to Freehand Drawing'

Have you wanted to teach yourself to draw, but found the introductory books too dauntingly thick? Try this video, which offers 60 minutes of instruction from a veteran high school teacher. You'll learn to draw the four basic shapes (cone, cylinder, cube, and sphere) and, more importantly, recognize how they make up the real-life objects that surround us. If you can see the shapes inside the object, you can draw it.

'Snow Sense' and 'Avalanche!'

Two great resources for living and playing in snowy climes. "Avalanche" gives a great overview of how, where and why avalanches occur and shows footage of slides in action. Juneau even makes a guest appearance as a city (instead of a remote area or village) that has a high avalanche danger. "Snow Sense" follows the Whistler Mountain Pro Ski Patrol as they try to defuse avalanches before they happen.

Shots of extreme skiers in beautiful backcountry areas make this an entertaining as well as informative film.

If you are a 6th through 12th grader and go for winter hikes and hunts, or if skiing and snowboarding are your thing, find out more about staying safe by coming to the free avalanche awareness classes taught by Eaglecrest ski instructors this week at the downtown, Mendenhall Valley and Douglas libraries. Check the flyers on each branches' bulletin board for days, times and libraries, then come on by for hands-on experience with safety and rescue equipment.

Author Alert - Megan Whalen Turner (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia) will speak at 7p.m. Sunday, March 9 at the downtown library. Come hear her talk about the travels that inspired her books, ask questions and get your books signed.

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to www.juneau.-lib.ak.us/library and looking at our catalogue. The In the Stacks column is now archived. Go to the Juneau Public Libraries' Web site and look for In the Stacks.



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