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Learning doesn’t have to end after formal schooling or retirement. There’s a world of knowledge out there just waiting to be discovered. Explore our Great Courses DVDs or CDs as one resource. Read more about Lifelong Learning--Great Courses
With a mission of protecting children by strengthening and supporting families, the Family Advocacy Center of Champaign is available to families who are involved with the child welfare system, children in foster care, and families in crisis that may need encouragement while they change their lives. Read more about Family Advocacy in Champaign County
Like to listen to tunes? Enjoy delving into facts about your favorite musicians? Do exciting behind-the-scenes musical performances thrill you? Watch a music documentary! Besides music on CD, the library offers an entertaining collection of music on DVD. Some films are concert or music videos, but quite a few are documentaries—real tales of the musical world. Introduce yourself to the lives and motivations of those who’ve lived to perform. Discover firsthand how an album or tour was created. Read more about Watch your music!
If you are a movie lover, you are probably already familiar with the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection has been publishing special editions of notable classic and contemporary films since 1984. Their selections include films from around the world, and encompass everything from experimental films to cult classics, documentaries, and even musical performances. Their editions always have cool supplemental materials (interviews, short films, commentary, etc.) and are often also accompanied by a booklet with additional information about the film. Read more about New DVDs from the Criterion Collection
All of us in this age of media have watched dozens of trailers—those thrilling and attention-catching filmed excerpts used to advertise and promote movies and television programs.
A recent marketing phenomenon is the book trailer. A broad variety of little videos out there celebrate individual books. Publishers, authors, teachers and plain old enthusiastic readers have embraced this strategy of creating visual book ads. Seems nonsensical, doesn’t it? Using moving images to promote reading? Yet, in a similar way, music videos promote sound recordings. Read more about Book Trailers