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.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word "documentary" as “factual, realistic, based on real events or circumstances.” The Library has a singular collection of feature documentary films that are informative, humorous, and fascinating.
Among the library’s latest additions are two films that provide a unique international point-of-view.
Every week new and wonderful books join the collection of The Urbana Free Library. We librarians select a wide variety of titles, providing a little bit of everything to tempt our favorite readers—you, our library users.
Here are some standouts from this week’s arrivals in the Adult Department:
While library visitors enjoy our educational DVD collection because of the travel or how-to or exercise titles, many borrowers are fascinated with the variety of stories presented in our feature documentaries. Sometimes the stories feature controversy, as in these two recent DVD additions to our collection.
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“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
If these words resonate with you, you’re not alone. The Star Trek movies and TV series are immensely popular, here in Urbana and all over the world.
Besides travel, cooking and how-to titles, our educational DVD collection contains deep, wonderful documentaries offering glimpses of people’s real lives, issues and struggles.
Here’s a selection of notable films we’ve added to our collection recently.