Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Legacy in Stone

In 1961, an amazing discovery of ancient Clovis points (a projectile point similar to an arrowhead, knapped from flint or a similar mineral) was uncovered on the Bill Simon farm in Fairfield, Idaho. Twin Falls residents Jim Paxton, Al Frost and Jim Woods team up with producer Mark Bork for a documentary about what is known today as the Simon Collection. Estimated to be 12,000 years old, this cache of more than 30 Clovis points is now on display at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science at the College of Southern Idaho. Northwest archeologists come together in the film to demonstrate the art, science and skill of flintknapping, which created these exquisite ancient artifacts.

Airs 3/7 at 3 a.m.


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A Harpist’s Legacy: Ann Hobson Pilot and the Sound of Change  – profiles the inspirational life and distinguished career of the revered harpist. This compelling documentary follows Ann Hobson Pilot’s trailblazing journey as the first black female principal player in a major symphony orchestra and also as an international soloist, teacher, mentor and driving force behind music-education programs for underserved minorities. A HARPIST’S LEGACY uses her professional journey to explore the increasing racial diversity and shift in attitudes toward musicians of color in the classical music world.  Airs 3/22 at10:30 p.m.

Even More SAFARI Montage Content

For those districts participating in the Multimedia Service, SAFARI Montage has frequently been adding new content. The packages listed below are already now available to you in our SAFARI Montage system.

Grade K-5

  • SciShow Kids Web Links Content Package: 18 new web streaming links for Grades K-5. Topics include: earth science, space science, animal science and more. New titles include: How Do Computers Work? and The Power of Circuits. Web links to fun and engaging videos which explain elementary science concepts.

Grades 3+

  • Mathispower4u Web Links: 11 new web streaming links for Grades 3-Adult. Contains web links access to arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus video mini-lessons. Topics include basic operations, integers, exponents, ratio and proportion, area, volumne, linear equations, quadratic equations, rational equations, radical equations, trigonometric functions, probability, statistics, limits, derivatives and integrals. Hosted on YouTube.

Grades 6+

  • Khan Academy Web Links Content Package: 185 new web streaming links for Grades 6-12. Includes web links to Pixar in a Box computer animation videos and lessons, and computer programming and computer science videos and lessons. Other topics include: physics, biology, elementary math, geometry, trigonometry, American civics, finance, art, architecture and sample SAT reading, writing and math questions. All Khan Academy content is available for free at
  • The Numberphile Web Links Content Package: 12 new web streaming titles for Grades 7 – 12. Provides access to math videos in which innovative teachers explore math applications in the real world. Topics include: prime numbers, pi, probability, algorithms and more.
  • TED-Ed Web Links Content Package: 85 new web streaming links to fascinating TED Talks and TED-Ed videos spanning all subjects, hosted on YouTube. Grades 7-Adult.
  • The New York Times Video Web Links Content Package: 71 new web streaming titles for Grades 7 – Adult. Includes web links to videos which combine cutting-edge research from the world of science with stunning footage of the natural world in action.
  • Oyez Supreme Court Web Links – 125 web links to information about notable Supreme Court cases. Grades 9-Adult.
  • Crash Course Web Links Content Package: 303 new web streaming titles for Grades 9 – Adult. Topics includes: astronomy, anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry, ecology, big history, psychology, U.S. government & politics, U.S. history, world history and literature. New series includes: computer science, world mythology, study skills, sociology and philosophy. Links to irreverent, fast-paced and humorous videos presented by John Green, Hank Green and more.

We will keep you updated with any further additions they make!

Lost Bird Project

Charts sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to memorialize five birds – the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen – driven to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The captivating nature documentary follows McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy, as they embark on a road trip in search of the last-known locations of the birds and seek permission to install McGrain’s six-foot-tall bronze sculptures on those sites. Travelling from the tropical swamps of Florida to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, the men spend more than two years scouting locations, talking to park rangers, speaking at town meetings and battling bureaucracy in their effort to gather support for the project. An elegy to the five birds, THE LOST BIRD PROJECT is a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission.

Airs 3/6 at 2 a.m.



Library Advocacy Day


If you are in Albany today, thank you for standing up for our profession. If you are unable to make it to Albany, you can still participate! How?

  • Call your legislator’s office, either at his or her district  office, or in Albany and tell him or her how important libraries are to communities and schools. Explain that increased funding is essential and critical to serving our communities.
  • Join virtually by posting to your Facebook wall or tweeting about Library aid.
  • Follow the effort at #NYLALAD19
  • Visit the NYLA Virtual Advocacy Day Activities page at:


Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Uncovering America

The program celebrates the life and work of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and literary scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A leading figure in American cultural life and one of its most renowned, respected and popular cultural historians and personalities, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored 22 books and created 18 documentary films. His award-winning programs on PBS have helped history come alive to tens of millions of people, often telling surprising and unexpected stories of our collective heritage.

Airs 3/5 at 8 p.m.



NOVELNY Databases

The New York State Library has confirmed that the current collection of NOVELNY statewide e-resources  will continue through the coming year, and will be extended for an additional year through June 30, 2021.

Barring unforeseen circumstances and pending availability of funds, the following databases will be available July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021:



*Business Insights Essentials (Gale, a Cengage company)



*Educators Reference Complete (Gale, a Cengage company)


General Periodicals:

*Academic OneFile with InfoTrac Collections (Gale, a Cengage company)

*Expanded Academic ASAP with InfoTrac Collections (Gale, a Cengage company)

*General OneFile with InfoTrac Collections (Gale, a Cengage company)

*General Reference Center Gold with InfoTrac Collections (Gale, a Cengage company)

*Informe Académico (Gale, a Cengage Company)


Elementary Level General Periodicals:

*Kids InfoBits (Gale, a Cengage company)


Secondary Level General Periodicals:

*Research in Context (Gale, a Cengage company)



*Encyclopedia Britannica (Britannica Digital Learning, a division of Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.):  Includes Britannica School, Britannica Academic and Britannica Escolar.



*Health Reference Center Academic (Gale, a Cengage company)



*Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale, a Cengage company)



*InfoTrac Newsstand including New York State Newspapers (Gale, a Cengage company)



*Computer Database (Gale, a Cengage company)