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 VCR G213

GARBAGE TALE: Churchill Films, 1990.

Summary: A delightful fantasy about a boy who discovers where his garbage really goes. He travels to landfills, incinerators, compost bins and recycling centers. He learns about resources and pollution and ways to live in harmony with our Earth.  (18 min.)

VCR G459

GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK: Weston Woods, 2003.

Summary: Duck rewrites the instructions left by Farmer Brown to his brother Bob who will be in charge while Farmer Brown is on vacation. The animals enjoyed pizza and bubble baths.  Based on the book b Doreen Cronian.  (9 min.)


VCR G619ol


Summary: A mischievous child invades the lives of three bears starring Tatum O'Neil, Hoyt Axton, and Alex Karras.  (47 min.)


VCR G822re


Summary: Presents a reading of the books Gregory the Terrible Eater and Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport. Host LeVar Burton visits a zoo and the Arizona desert to investigate the habits of goats and Gila monsters.  (60 min.)


VCR G973

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS:Hallmark Home Entertainment, c1996.

Summary: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Ned Beatty star in the adaptation of Jonathan Swift's novel where an 18th century physican takes eight years of travel through a variety of fantastical lands, only to have everyone but his wife take him for a madman when he returns home.  (187 min.)


VCR H193is

HALLOWEEN IS GRINCH NIGHT: Playhouse Video, 1985.

Summary: The sleepy peace of Whoville is disturbed by the howling soursweet wind, signaling the beginning of Grinch

Night. Soon the evil Grinch sets forth with his dreaded paraphernalia wagon to terrorize the villagers, all of whom are paralyzed with fear. But one little boy, young Eukariah, sets out to save his family and the town.  (25 min.)


VCR H249an

HANSEL AND GRETEL: Playhouse Video,CBS/F0X, [1987], c1986.

Summary: Two children lost in the woods stop to snack on a gingerbread house and almost become dinner for the witch who resides within. Ricky Schroder, Joan Collins, Paul Dooiey and Bridgette Andersen star in this production.  (48 min.)


VCR H252bi

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOON: Weston Woods Studio, 1985.

Summary: Tells the story of the bear who wants to give the moon a birthday present. He travels to the top of a mountain where he believes his echoing voice to be the moon answering his questions.  (7 min.)


VCR H252pr

THE HAPPY PRINCE: Random House Home Video, 1986.

Summary: Here, beautifully animated, is Oscar Wilde's sensitive story of a statue with a tender heart. The story tells of the friendship between the jewel encrusted statue and a little swallow and how together they give all they have to help feed the poor.  (27 min.)




Summary: Meet Harold, who gets whatever he wants as long as he can draw it with his purple crayon.  Next, Harold is determined to find out why nothing grows in an enchanted garden, but must reckon with a big-footed giant.  Then Harold draws a picture for his room and steps right into it to begin his next adventure.  Finally, Gene Deitch discusses what he learned from author/illustrator Crockett Johnson about the “seemingly simple”.  (30 min.)


VCR H297

HARRIET THE SPY: Paramount, 1996.

Summary: Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O'Donnell star in adaptation of novel by Louise Fitzhugh.  Eleven year old Harriet, an accomplished spy who records everything in her notebook and finds herself shunned by her friends after they read her notebook.  (1 hour & 30 min.)


VCR H323


Summary: Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is entered in a contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.  This is not the feature film; it is J. K. Rowling reading from her favorite passage.  (15 min.)

VCR H323s


Summary: Feature film based on the first in the series of novels by J.K. Rowling.  Rescued from his negligent aunt and uncle, Harry enters the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft where learns he is the son of two powerful wizards and has magical powers of his own.  Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith. (152 min.)


VCR H361

THE HAT: Weston Woods Studios, c1993.

Summary: A black top ht with magic powers blows into the life of a penniless veteran and makes him a wealthy man before blowing away again.  Based on the book by Tomi Ungerer. (6 min.)


VCR H465

HEIDI: Playhouse Video, 1988, 1937.

Summary: The orphan Heidi is sent to live with her unwelcoming grandfather high in the Swiss Alps. A wicked aunt removes Heidi; but her grandfather, won over by Heidi's feisty ways, wins her back.  (1 hour & 28 min.)


VCR H521

HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURGH: Weston Woods Studios, 200?

Summary: Based on book by D.B. Johnson that recounts Henry David Thoreau walking through the woods to Fitchburg while his friend works hard to earn the train fare. (10 min.)


VCR H847

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, c2000.

steal the Christmas celebration of Who-ville. Also included is "Horton hears a Who!" in which a big-eared elephant named

Horton protects the tiny inhabitants of Who-ville. Presents the tale of the mean-spirited Grinch and his attempts to steal the Christmas celebrations.  (52 min.)



INTRODUCING--JANET: Beacon Films, c1982.

Summary: Dramatizes problems of adolescent identity through the story of a fictional girl whose growing friendship with an apprentice comedian forces her to question who she is, not what others want her to be, and eventually to achieve self-confidence as a clever writer and deft comic.  (25 min.)



JACK OF HEARTS: Beacon Films, c1987.

Summary: Plump, preteen Elizabeth is assigned the role of the Jack of Hearts in a ballet recital.  Despite misgivings about her own emerging femininity and the lumpish costume, Elizabeth carries off the performance until the curtain call when a classmate's antics push her to loudly proclaim that she is “not a boy.”  (26 min.)


VCR J12a

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: Rabbit Ears Productions, Inc., c1991.

Summary: Animated version of classic British tale of young Jack, who trades cow for beans and then climbs the beanstalk and encounters series of misadventures with dim-witted ogre and his spouse.  (30 min.)


VCR J12ac

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: Playhouse Video CBS/FOX, c1986.

Summary: Dennis Christopher, Jean Stapleton, Elliot Gould and Katherine Helmond star in adaptation where Jack, after trading a cow for five magic sprouting beans,  climbs the resulting full-grown beanstalk and has an encounter with two giants.  (48 min.)



JACOB HAVE I LOVED: Public Media Video, c1989.

Summary: Wonderworks Video of Newbery Award Winning book by Kathleen Patterson. Sixteen year old Louise dreams of escaping Chesapeake Bay community and the shadow of her talented twin sister Caroline.  (57 min.)



JOHN HENRY: Rabbit Ears Productions, 1992.

Summary: Tells the legend of John Henry, the mightiest, doggone greatest nation builder the country's ever seen, who single handedly defeats the steam drill in a steel-driving competition.  (30 min.)


VCR J65 1998

JOHN HENRY.  Scholastic/Weston Woods c1998.

Summary: Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.  Based on the book by Julius Lester.  (18 min.)


VCR J65h 2000

JOHN HENRY: Disney Educational Productions, c1999.

Summary: Through animation and song, Henry's wife tells the story of her husband and his legend as a "steel driving man." The story begins with the Emancipation Proclamation, relates the Westward Expansion, and conveys African-American heritage.  As John Henry competes with a steam drill to drill through a mountain of rock, he collapses from exhaustion.  Mrs. Henry celebrates her husband's life rather than mourn his death.   (10 min.)


VCR J65 2000

JOHNNY APPLESEED: Weston Woods Studios, c2000.

Summary: Adaptation of the popular picture book written by Reeve Lindbergh and illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen.  Mary McDonnell's expressive voice transforms the poem into a story of John Chapman that will hold children's attention.  (18 min.)


VCR J65a

JOHNNY APPLESEED: Rabbit Ears Productions, c1992.

Summary: The story of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.  (30 min.)


VCR J65ap

JOHNNY APPLESEED: Playhouse Video, c1989.

Summary: "...Johnny Appleseed, the American legend, who traveled the frontier wearing a burlap sack, sporting a pot for a hat, and carrying a pouch full of apple seeds..."  (52 min.)


VCR J65 1997

JOHNNY TREMAIN: Walt Disney Home Video, [1997]

Summary: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York star in movie based on book by Esther Forbes where Johnny Tremain, a silversmith's apprentice, takes part in the Boston Tea Party and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  (1 hour & 20 min.)


VCR J65oh

JOHN BROWN, ROSE, AND THE MIDNIGHT CAT: Weston Woods Studios, c1982.

Summary: Tells the story of the lonely woman, who accepts a cats intrusion into her life, much to the displeasure of her dog John Brown.  (7 min.)



KYLIE'S SONG: Marsh Media, c1989.

Summary: Uses the story of a singing koala to teach children the importance of each one developing it's own talents, and that it is best not to worry about being different.  (12 min.)


VCR L253

LAND BEFORE TIME: MCA Home Video, c1989.

Summary: Littlefoot, a young brontosaurus, sets off on a journey in search of the Great Valley where dinosaurs can live in peace and safety. On this amazing journey, he meets four other young dinosaurs and they have incredible adventures.  (1 hour & 9 min.)


VCR L511

LEGEND OF THE INDIAN PAINTBRUSH: Great Plains National Instructional Television, 1991

Summary: LeVar persues Native-American folklore as he visits Taos Pueblo.  (30 min.)


VCR L511of

LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: Playhouse Video, c1989.

Summary: A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.  (51 min.)


VCR L651

LETTERS, COLORS, AND DUCKS: Apollo Educational Video, c1986.

Summary: A series of short pieces that feature colors, the alphabet and other topics. Narrated by Bill Cosby and intended for ages 3 through 8.  (47 min.)


VCR L763wi


Summary: The adventures of two brothers and two sisters who cross through an enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia.  (1 hour & 35 min.)

DVD  K74

KNUFFLE BUNNY: Weston Woods Studios, c2006.

Summary:  Based on Mo Willems book that relates story of losing a favorite stuffed animal at the laundromat. (10 min.)


VCR L778


Summary: Based on the book by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward that recounts the story of a little red lighthouse's fear of being useless when the George Washington Bridge is built across the Hudson River.  (9 min.) 


VCR L778


Summary:  Relates the adventures of a stowaway boy, including his friendship with captain and crew and their near shipwreck during a violent storm.  (11 min.)


VCR L778re

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: Playhouse Video, 1983.

Summary: A hungry wolf puts excitement and danger into a girl's visit to Grandma's house deep in the woods.  (60 min.)


DVD  L847

LON PO PO: Weston Woods Studios, 2006

Summary:  Based on Caldecott Medal book by Ed Young, this is the Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood where the mother leaves her children as she travels to visit grandmother. The three children outwit the wolf who pretends to be their Po Po, or granny.  (10 min.)


VCR L849

LONG WALK HOME: Miramax Films, 1991.

Summary: Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman, who works as a housekeeper for Miriam Thompson (Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek).  When Odessa honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam offers her a ride.  Defying both Miriam's racist husband (Dwight Schultz) and the powerful White Citizen's Council,  Miriam and Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights.  Their shared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect and lasting friendship forms.  Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground.  (30 min.)


VCR L875or

LORAX: Playhouse Video, c1989.

Summary: "The Lorax" is a lovable creature who speaks for the trees, trying to stop the profit-greedy Onceler from destroying the forest.


VCR M194

MAGIC TREE: Texture Films, [198-?].

Summary: Tells an African folktale about a homely, unloved twin brother who finds happiness and wealth after he discovers a magic tree.   (10 min.)


VCR M235

MAKING FUN!:  Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.

Summary:  Buddy, the Elephant, and Pip the mouse, and a host of loveable puppets bring fun, humor, and songs to delight and stimulate young children's imaginations, while they learn about the world around them.  (30 min.)


VCR M464


Summary: Animated versions of four children's stories. Contents: Max's Chocolate Chicken, Each Peach Pear Plum, Picnic, The Circus Baby.   (30 min.)


VCR M464

MEMBER OF THE WEDDING: Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1992.

Summary: A 12 year old girl learns about life when her sister gets married and a young boy dies. Based on the book by Carson McCullers.  Stars Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Arthur Franz, Nancy Gates.  (1 hour & 30 min.)


VCR M678

MISS RUMPHIUS: Weston Woods Studios, 2000.

Summary: Based on children's classic by Barbara Cooney, this film combines live action with the reading of the book.  A lady dressed to resemble Miss Rumphius begins and ends the video.  The story is read by Clare Danes.  (18 min.)


VCR M687


Summary: Consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab has but one purpose in life---- revenge on the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him. Sailor Ishmael tells the story of Captain Ahab, who sails on avengeful quest to slay the legendary white whale known as Moby Dick.  Stars Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Orson Welles.  (1 hour & 55 min.)

VCR M687 1998

MOBY DICK: USA Pictures, 1998.

Patrick Stewart heads all-star cast featuring Henry Thomas, Ted Levine, and Gregory Peck.  Based on the novel by Herman Melville. Originally broadcast on the Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1998.  (2 hours)

VCR M818

MOON MAN: Weston Woods Studios, [198-?].

Summary: The man in the moon outwits the police in several escapades on Earth with the help of his waxing and waning powers and the friendship of a three-hundred-year old scientist.  (10 min.)


VCR M883

MORRIS'S DISAPPEARING BAG: Weston Woods Studios, 1982.

Summary: Morris, the youngest child, is spurned on Christmas morning by his brothers and sisters. He is not having much fun until he discovers a present he had overlooked--a disappearing bag that makes people invisible.  (10 min.)


VCR M915

MOST WONDERFUL EGG IN THE WORLD: Weston Woods Studios, 1986.

Summary: Tells a story about a king who must choose the most beautiful egg laid by one of three hens.  (6 min.)


VCR M939mi

MRS. MINIVER: MGM/ UA Home Video, 1989, 1942.

Summary: A family in a small English town struggles through the 1940 bombing of England by Germany; the title character exemplifies fortitude for her family. Based on the novel of the same title.  (2 hours & 15 min.)


VCR M949

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: Weston Woods Studios, c1988.

Summary: Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad‑tempered and the other kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.  (14 min.)


VCR M995

MY WAY SALLY: Marsh Media, c1989.

Summary: Uses the story of a young foxhound as she learns to lead the pack, to teach children that leadership requires thought and energy.  (20 min.)


VCR N285

NATURE FRIENDS!: Dorling Kindersley Vision, 1995.

Summary: Buddy, the elephant, and Pip, the mouse, and a host of loveable puppets bring fun, humor, and songs to delight and stimulate young children's imaginations, while they learn about the world around them.  (30 min.)


VCR N688ig

NIGHTINGALE: CBS/FOX video, c1986.

Summary: Despite being neglected by the emperor for a jewel‑studded bird, the little nightingale revives the dying ruler with its beautiful song.  (50 min.)



O PIONEERS!: Republic Pictures Home Video, 1992.

Summary: At the turn of the century, an immigrant daughter inherits her family's Nebraska farm and her father's fierce love for the land.  Fifteen years later she has made the family a fortune through her canny management of the farm, but has never forgotten the young man who left the prairie to seek his fortune. (1 hour & 30 min.)


VCR O58ne

ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH: Random House Video, 1989.

Summary: A story in verse in which one creature after another runs into zany situations. Designed to increase students' awareness of phonemic patterns and verbal and visual imagery.  (30 min.)



OTHER BOSTON TEA PARTY: New England Foundation for the Humanities, c1990.

Summary: This play written by Jack Carroll depicts the moral conflict among the colonists who are attempting to ratify the Constitution.  Samuel Adams disagrees with Harrison Grey Otis who founded a Tea Assembly.  (1 hour)



OWEN:  Weston Woods Studios, 1995.

Summary: Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.  (9 min.)


VCR O97mo

OWL MOON: Weston Woods Studios, 1989.

Summary: On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the great horned owl.  (9 min.)


VCR P123

PADDLE TO THE SEA.  National Film Board of Canada, [1990]

Summary: The odyssey of a toy Indian in a canoe who was carved by an Indian boy and sent down the waterways from Canada's northern forest above the Great Lakes to the sea.  (28 min.)


VCR P187

PANAMA: Weston Woods Studios, [198-?].

Summary: Tells the story of Little Bear and Little Tiger, who leave their comfortable home to go in search of Panama, the land of their dreams, and end up in the most beautiful place in the world.  (11 min.)


VCR P189

PANDA'S BOUTIQUE: BBC TV, Films inc., c1981.

Summary: Chinese story animated and set to music.   (30 min.)


VCR P222ar

PARADINE CASE: Key Video, 1988.

Summary: In a suspenseful courtroom drama, a beautiful woman is accused of having murdered her husband.  (1 hour & 54 min.)


VCR P314

PATRICK: Weston Woods Studios, [c1973].

Summary: Uses animation to tell the story of a fiddler who imbues the creatures of the countryside with color and movement, showing the effect of music on the spirit.  (7 min.)


VCR P369

PECOS BILL: Sony Video Software Co., c1988.

Summary: An animated story about Pecos Bill the brother of coyotes, creator of Great Salt Lake, and rider of cyclones.  (25 min.)


VCR P369bi

PECOS BILL, KING OF THE COWBOYS: Playhouse video, c1989.

Summary: In Texas' early days, Governor Peasely is determined to make the entire state quiet and boring. But he can't stop Pecos Bill, who believes one should "grab life by the horns and get down in the dirt and wrassle with it."  (50 min.)


VCR P438

PERFECT THE PIG: Children's Video Library, 1985.

Summary: Presents a reading of the book Perfect The Pig by Susan Jeschke. Shot on location in Hawaii and features Kermit the Frog. Hosted by LeVar Burton.  (1 hour)


VCR P478

PETER PAN: Goodtimes Home Video, c1990.

Summary: Peter Pan teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly to Never-Never Land, where they share some exciting adventures with Indians and pirates.  (1 hour & 40 min.)


VCR P478an

PETER AND THE WOLF AND OTHER TALES: Vestron Video, Shire Films, 1985, 1982.

Summary: Ray Bolger hosts this retelling of Peter and the Wolf, Beware the Jabberwock, The Ugly Duckling.  (1 hour & 22 min.)


VCR P597

PICNIC: Weston Woods Studios, 1991.

Summary: A nonverbal story about a little mouse who gets lost while on the way to a family picnic.  (10 min.)


VCR P613ie

PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN: Playhouse Video, c1986.

Summary: A wandering piper is hired by a selfish mayor to rid his village of rats; but when the mayor refuses to pay him, the piper plays his way out of town, leading all the children of Hamelin after him--never to be seen again.  (49 min.)


VCR P657in

PINOCCHIO: Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1986.

Summary: Classic fairy tale starring James Coburn, Carl Reiner, Paul Reubens and Lainie Kuzan.  (59 min.)


VCR P957an

PRINCESS AND THE PEA: Faerie Tale Theatre. Playhouse Video, 1987, c1983.

Summary: A prince's domineering mother insists on an unusual test to find a true princess.  Stars Liza Minnelli, Tom Conti, and Shelley Duvall.  (50 min.)


VCR P957pr


Summary: A forlorn princess grows up in a family without humor. Her father, the king, even demands to be called "Your Seriousness." As she becomes more and more morose, the king decrees a Royal laugh-off to make his daughter happy.  (52 min.)


VCR P987us

PUSS IN BOOTS: CBS/Fox Video, c1985.

Summary: Puss dresses up from head to boots and cons fame and fortune to help his master at the court of the king. His master becomes the hit of the court and the heartthrob of the lovely princess until an Ogre threatens to run Puss up a tree.  (51 min.)




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