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Cazenovia library offers 'DVDs galore'

Modern libraries offer much more than books, and the Cazenovia Public Library's expanded DVD collection is a prime example.

Those looking to buy or rent a popular film can check it out first for free at the library. Taking the time to browse can be rewarding; in addition to the box office hits, the library offers award-winning independent and foreign films that are not available in video stores.

Mystery enthusiasts will be able to match wits with England's greatest detectives in the "Midsomer Murders" series. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, the modern master of the English village mystery, these contemporary British television mysteries reveal the most sinister secrets of the cozy villages of Midsomer County.

While browsing, mystery buffs will also find the popular "Sally Lockhart Mysteries." PBS's "Masterpiece Mystery" recently presented "The Shadow in the North" from the novel by Philip Pullman, where it is 1878 and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When her client loses a fortune from the unexpected collapse of the Anglo-Baltic shipping line, Sally is determined to find out why so many of their ships have mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

In the nonfiction realm, "Lost Boys of Sudan" is a must-see. Winner of an Independent Spirit Award and named Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "Lost Boys of Sudan" follows two teenage Sudanese refugees on an incredible journey from Africa to America. A sobering glance into the myth of the American Dream is revealed.

"The Singing Revolution" is a David and Goliath-type struggle. "Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But in Estonia, song was the weapon of choice when, between 1987 and 1991, Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. During those years, hundreds of thousands gathered in fields to sing forbidden patriotic songs and to rally for independence."

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