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Are you looking for a fantastic movie for the entire family? Here's a list of my favorite too-often-forgotten DVDs that your entire family can enjoy!

1THE IRON GIANT
dir. Brad Bird
(1999)

Hogarth Hughes just rescued an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. Now young Hogarth has one very big friend and an even bigger problem: how do you keep a 50-foot-tall, steel-eating giant a secret?  

2JUMANJI 
dir. Joe Johnston
(1995)

When Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan tries to outwit the game's powerful forces.    

3KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
dir. Hayao Miyazaki
(1989)

On her 13th birthday, a young witch named Kiki must fly away from home to a new city to find her niche in life. Accompanied by her chatty cat, Jiji, she starts a flying delivery service and discovers lots of fun-filled escapades and meets plenty of new friends.  

4BABE
dir. Chris Noonan
(1995)

An orphaned piglet, Babe, is cared for by a sheepdog and soon thinks he is one too. The farmer senses something special in Babe and enters him in the National Sheepdog Championships.  

5A LITTLE PRINCESS
dir. Alfonso Cuarón
(1995)

An imaginative young girl is forced to be a servant at a boarding school after her father is killed in WWII.

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True Confessions of Carla: I secretly want to own an entire set of encyclopedias.  I do not think I am alone in this desire.  If you are over the age of thirty, you may remember the days of researching for a school report without the aid of the internet.  Having your own set of encyclopedias was homework gold!  I don’t actually own a set because, really, where would I put it? And also, like my cell phone and laptop, it would be outdated by the time I peel off the packaging.

Fortunately, the Provo City Library has us covered.  Not only do we keep a current edition of the World Book Encyclopedia in our reference collection, but we subscribe to the online version which our residents have access to 24/7!   While Wikipedia and Google are great for answering some questions, World Book Online has some great advantages:

  • You have access to scholarly articles, primary and secondary source documents and loads of images, illustrations, maps and videos relating to your research subject.
  • Articles are authored by expert contributors and researchers.
  • Information is updated regularly and consistently.
  • Information is accessible through age appropriate platforms which adjust for reading levels.
  • Citations, those pesky things only students have to worry about, are included on the same page making research papers a little bit easier.

If you have never taken a look at it, you really should because it is marvelous!  To access our subscription to World Book Online, visit us at www.provolibrary.com and select “World Book Encyclopedia” under the “Learn” menu.  If you are at home, follow the link for “Home Access” and supply your Provo City Library Card number and PIN and Boom!  Homework gold is once again yours!

I’ll admit, it’s not the same thing.  You miss out on that shiny paper, the heft of each volume, and that musty smell which I nostalgically link with the desperation of a fast approaching due date.  But it is possibly, the very next best thing. 

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