In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

New videos for kids are here, including several exciting new sets!

• "Bug City" series - For all you insect fans out there, we've got a new series of beautifully filmed videos that will answer all those questions that have been bugging you! In "Amazing Insect Warriors" you'll get to meet a beetle with startling gassy powers, a wasp that can hypnotize its prey, and others. "Ants" features just a few of the more than 10,000 varieties of ants in the world. "Bees" lets you look inside a beehive and watch a newborn hatch. And "Ladybugs and Fireflies" takes you up close and personal with the lovely ladybug and that animated flashlight, the firefly. Each video gives you the facts, scientific experiments, and projects to do.

• "Bob the Builder" - Meet Bob and his friends in "Busy Bob and Silly Spud," "Pets in a Pickle," and "The Big Game." Each title contains several episodes (45 minutes worth), so there is lots to enjoy!

• "Maurice Sendak's Little Bear" - These three videos feature Little Bear from Else Holmelund Minarik's beginning readers. "Campfire Tales" takes Little Bear outside to sleep under the stars for the first time. In "Little Artist Bear," Little Bear explores his creative side by painting and photographing his friends and family. "Winter Tales" features a snowball fight, Winter Solstice, and the North Pole.

• "Bear in the Big Blue House" - Bear and his friends learn about sharing, taking care of their health, and shapes and colors in these three videos from the Jim Henson Company.

• "Telling Time" - Gotta problem with time? Watch this and learn to tell time using clocks with hands and clocks with numbers (that's analog and digital to you adults). You'll learn to tell time to the hour, the quarter hour, and the half hour, then go on to master the art of the exact minute! Also, learn about calendars, days of the week, and stopwatches.

• "Sock Lobster" - Songs to get you jumping, dancing, and wiggling, from the widely popular Eddie Coker. Learn to dance the Woo-woo and sing silly songs that even your parents will enjoy!

• "Madeline" videos - Four new Madeline videos are here! In "Madeline at the Eiffel Tower," Madeline tries to prove to Pepito that she can drop an egg off the Eiffel Tower without breaking it. "Madeline's Best Manners" features Madeline and her friends learning about bragging, etiquette, obsessiveness, and being a good hostess. Madeline turns detective when hats and coats start disappearing in "Madeline and the 40 Thieves." And in "Madeline at the North Pole," Madeline and her friends give Santa a hand when all the elves come down with the flu.

Next week I'll be unveiling a few of our new DVD titles!

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 our Web site ( 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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