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  • Monet's painting 'water lilies' with the words April National Poetry Month.

    April is National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, and to our complex poetic heritage.

    DCMP can help with media related to famous poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and William Wordsworth. We also have poetry in ASL by deaf poet Peter Cook, a profile of legendary deaf literature professor Robert Panara, and many more!

  • A beagle puppy stands on a small barrel in a field of flowers, smelling a buttercup.

    Spring

    Many people think that Spring is the best time of year. Nature awakes, and there is a wonderful smell in the air.

    It is also a great time to study plants and animals, and to answer students' questions about nature. Students are our most precious natural resource, and DCMP helps provide learning nourishment through our free-loan accessible media.

    Don't miss our Spring titles and make these last few weeks of school a growing time.

  • A grocery shopper holds a bag of organic lettuce in the produce aisle.

    Earth Day (April 22)

    Eco=Kids: The Earth Needs Your Help discusses some of the biggest problems facing the environment today. Eco=Kids: Things You Can Do explains how to become “power police,” put a stop to the wasteful things people do every day, and promote the use of “green power.” Eco=Kids: How “Eco” Are You? outlines how to conduct an eco-investigation of homes, schools, and communities. These DCMP titles are described and captioned.

  • Blue Ribbon with words Stop Child Abuse. Illustration of stained glass window with adult and child holding hands.

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect, and we know that child abuse cases are vastly underreported.
    Importantly, research establishes that the risk of violence to children with disabilities is routinely 3 to 4 times higher than that of non-disabled children. This month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children. DCMP has terrific resources for your use.

    » Child Abuse and Neglect Flyer [PDF]

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child is Bullied?

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Blind or Visually Impaired Child is Bullied?

    Also, check out the Child Welfare Information Gateway and the 2014 Prevention Resource Guide from the Children's Bureau on child abuse and neglect.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission

    Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission - 2011 - 57 minutes

    Visionary oceanographer Scott Glenn leads a team of scientists as they race against time to launch the first autonomous underwater robot across the vast and dangerous Atlantic Ocean. Destined for Spain, the 8-foot bright yellow robot named RU27, or "Scarlet," is launched off the coast of New Jersey. Throughout her journey, data collected by Scarlet is fed into oceanographic navigation and forecasting models. Engulfed by the powerful ocean, our robot hero faces extreme weather conditions, ship traffic, and aggressive sea life that can terminate her mission. If Scarlet can successfully cross the vast Atlantic Ocean, her historic mission will inspire a future robotic oceanographic observation network critical for monitoring and predicting climate change. If Scarlet can successfully cross the vast Atlantic Ocean, her historic mission will inspire a future robotic oceanographic observation network critical for monitoring and predicting climate change.

  • Image from Anna, Emma and the Condors

    Anna, Emma and the Condors - - 24 minutes

    In a world of climate change and environmental challenges, two sisters Anna and Emma and their companions, the California Condors, stand out as a beacon of hope. Together with their father, Chris Parish, the director of the Peregrine Fund at Vermillion Cliffs, and their mother, Ellen Parish, teacher and leader for the environmental organization Roots and Shoots, they fight for the survival of the California Condors.

  • Image from Dying Green

    Dying Green - 2011 - 27 minutes

    Living green is something many of us strive for in today's world, but did you know that you can die green as well? Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, the film explores one man's vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town's only physician, has radically changed our understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell's dream is to conserve one million acres of land. This film focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves.

  • Image from Flying People

    Flying People - 2004 - 24 minutes

    "I think what your eyesight does is confirm other senses," says James Robertshaw, a world champion kite flyer and for two years personal assistant to Rory Heap. Heap has been blind from birth, but with Robertshaw’s assistance pursues his ambition for kite flying--particularly of complicated figure eight patterns. Using all of his senses except for sight, Heap learns how to fly a kite with the same dexterity that Robertshaw uses to guide him through busy city streets.

  • Image from Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle?

    Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle? - 2012 - 29 minutes

    Part of the “Economics USA” series. The nation's cycles of economic booms and busts were considered intrinsically capitalistic by Joseph Schumpeter who called them "methodic economic growth," and by Karl Marx who lambasted capitalism as inherently flawed. John Maynard Keynes held that recessions depended on the balance of aggregate demand and aggregate supply. Economist Hyman Minsky provided an explanation for the Great Recession of the 21st Century with his theory that the financial system plays a role in economic cycles.

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