The Merryville branch will be closing early today, February 24, 2020. They will close at 5:00 pm. The branch will return to its regular hours tomorrow, February 25, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you enjoy learning about history while being entertained, check out a few of the new DVDs the library has to offer.
Recently, PBS aired the series The Roosevelts: an Intimate History. This seven episode program by highly acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Elinor Roosevelt. It spans over a century and shows how these three individuals shaped America and its relationship with the rest of the world. Check out the DVD set for the complete series, along with extras including the making of the program and deleted scenes.
Also check out the BBC documentary Royal Cousins at War. This two part mini-series tells the story of the three monarchs who reigned over Europe’s greatest powers at the outbreak of World War I - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. The divisions and rivalries between these cousins brought change and tragedy to all of Europe and the institution of the monarchy itself.
If you prefer your history presented in a more dramatic fashion, try 37 Days. This docu-drama, also by the BBC, has an all-star cast and presents the catastrophic chain of events from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany 37 days later. Leading the cast are Ian McDiarmid from Star Wars and Tim Piggott-Smith from Downton Abbey.
The first two DVDs are located in the non-fiction section because they are documentaries. The third is in the fiction section because it is a fictionalized account of an historical event. These are just a few of the history-themed DVDs the library has, so come browse the shelves and learn while being entertained.