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Character Education

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Lending Library - Books (8)

Lending Library - DVDs (33)

Books

Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope
by Donna O'Toole
This picture book is perfect for children, but deeply touches the hearts of adults as well. It is a moving story about loving and losing, friendship and hope. It provides a gentle and loving way to learn about the grief process and has been used at workshops to help adults feel and express their grief. (6 & up)

Exploring Anger With Your Child
by Ilene L. Dillon, M.S.W.
This book along with a parent guide helps your child understand their angry emotions and encourages them to release their anger and translate its energy into a more positive emotion. Grade level: K-6

Hands Are Not For Hitting
by Martine Agassi
This board book with its simple words and charming pictures invite even the youngest children to use their hands for fun and caring actions and to understand that hitting is never okay.

I'm Gonna Like Me
by Jamie Lee Curtis
Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, the kids take turns describing exactly how and why "I'm gonna like me." This book shows kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Ages: 4-8 Children's Library

Journey into the 21st Century
by Reiko Uchida
This book is a guide for teenagers living through the uncertainties of the 21st century. The world's survival depends upon youths realizing and applying truth in their lives.

Jumpin' Jake Settles Down
by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D.
There are many ways that impulsive children can learn to "settle down" and improve their work habits, and Jumpin' Jake knows them all. This hilariously illustrated story tells how Jake changed from an itchin-kind-of-frog to a responsible, thinkin' kind of frog. (6 & up)

Perfectionism: What's Bad About Being Too Good?
by Miriam Adderholdt, Ph.D. and Jan Goldberg
Perfectionism is a problem for many teenagers today. This thought-provoking, encouraging book helps teens discover if they're perfectionists, explore possible reasons why they are, and try useful strategies for learning how to ease up on themselves and get their perfectionism under control.

Showing Our True Colors
by Mary Miscisin
Playfully illustrated, this fun, easy guide for identifying personality styles provides insights as to why people behave as they do. Based on Don Lowry's True Colors model, you will discover tips for understanding, appreciating and relating to each style. Lighthearted anecdotes convey concepts in 'real life' situations, offering immediately useful methods for resolving conflicts, opening lines of communication, and enhancing personal effectiveness.

DVDs

Auto B Good #1
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--punctual, prompt, and ready.

Auto B Good #10
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics-Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Self-Discipline.

Auto B Good #11
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics-Independence, Resourcefulness, and Cleanliness.

Auto B Good #12
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics-Courtesy, Fairness, and Confidence.

Auto B Good #2
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Responsible, Respect, and Dependable.

Auto B Good #3
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Obedience, Self-Control, and Polite.

Auto B Good #4
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Truthfulness, Honesty, and Kindness.

Auto B Good #5
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Thankfulness, Generosity, and Goodwill.

Auto B Good #6
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Joyfulness, Patience, and Cooperation.

Auto B Good #7
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics-Tolerance, Consideration, and Uniqueness.

Auto B Good #8
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Patriotism, Citizenship, and Loyalty.

Auto B Good #9
30 minutes
In every child's imagination, the inanimate come to life. What if it was possible for those imaginations to become a reality and also teach important life lessons? There is such a place, the little city of Auto, just off of County Road "B" in the State of Good. This DVD addresses the following three topics--Courage, Initiative, and Self-Reliance.

Be Cool - High School - Coping with Criticism (Module 3)
High School
Knowing how to cope with criticism will help your students improve their performance while maintaining their self-confidence.

Be Cool - Losing It! Disrespect Part 1 (Module 1)
Middle School
In part 1, Billy faces the disrespect of two classmates who decide to use him for spit wad target practice. After allowing his fantasies of retaliation to run their course, Billy realizes that losing it would only turn a problem he could handle into a problem he couldn't. Instead, Billy chooses to use Be Cool self-talk strategies to keep his dignity and his cool. Modeled after the recent school shootings, Part 2 illustrates the ultimate form of losing it! Josh and Ryan have been brought to the breaking point by two bullies. We see how irrational self-talk encourages them to violence and self-destruction while rational self-talk helps them keep perspective and find an appropriate response.

Can I Have A Turn? Learning About Sharing
15 minutes
This program helps students think about what it means to share with others and how it feels when someone won't share with you. Youngsters learn three important ways to resolve conflicts that often arise when two or more people want to do the same thing.

Excuses, Excuses: Give It Up!
21 minutes
By middle school it is time to accept responsibility and give up the excuse habit. Program follows the stories of three teens who learn the hard way that completing assignments and doing what`s expected is part of growing up.

I Didn't Do It Because: Excuses, Excuses
2005 (18 minutes)
Using real-life situations, I Didn't Do It Because: Excuses, Excuses helps students see that making excuses to justify not meeting a responsibility can have unwanted and even regrettable consequences, and makes a strong pitch for why they should give up the excuse habit. Discussion questions invite students to ponder and talk about the issues raised in the program, while related activities expand on and reinforce the concepts presented.

Peace Talks 5: Respecting Yourself and Others
30 minutes
Whether you call it dissing, busting, capping or snapping, showing disrespect is probably the most common source of conflict and violence in the teen years. Respecting Yourself and Others examines both the humor and pain inherent in the put-downs and status games that typify so many teenage relationships, and reveals how they can easily move from innocent fun to hurtful attacks - particularly when used against different social, racial or ethnic groups. Discussion centers on how to handle perceived disrespect in potentially violent situations, and how a positive self-image can provide the confidence and composure to ignore insults and walk away from threatened violence.

Popcorn Park 1: Trustworthiness
22 minutes
Groark and Muggsy learn how important honesty and trust are in building good friendships. When Muggsy tries to impress Groark by stealing an expensive birthday present for him, Groark struggles to figure out the right thing to do, and teaches Muggsy that it is better to have friends you can trust than expensive toys. In this series, kids explore essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. This DVD contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the program.

Popcorn Park 3: Responsibility
23 minutes
Groark and Burna learn that being irresponsible can be unfair and hurtful to everyone, including themselves. When Burna neglects an important responsibility by dumping it on Muggsy, and Groark makes a mistake and lets Muggsy take the blame, the result is a tangle of hard feelings that nearly brings their friendships to a painful end. In this series, kids explore essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. This DVD contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the program.

Popcorn Park 4: Fairness
27 minutes
Essie learns that being fair to everybody can be a lot harder than it seems. When she has to decide which of her friends will get the starring role in the annual Popcorn Park play, Essie has a lot to consider - including the not-so-fair actions of the two competitors. In this series, kids explore essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. This DVD contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the program.

Popcorn Park 5: Caring
23 minutes
Burna discovers (by being a "reading buddy") the personal rewards that come from giving of yourself to help somebody else. When Burna has to make a hard choice between doing a community service project and playing soccer, she learns that caring is more about what we do than about how we feel. In this series, kids explore essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. This DVD contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the program.

Popcorn Park 6: Citizenship
28 minutes
Nubbs becomes a hero to his friends by helping them tap into their power to make an important difference in their community. When Nubbs leads his friends in a successful effort to transform an ugly vacant lot into a beautiful grove of shady trees, they all experience the satisfaction and the benefits that come from being good citizens. In this series, kids explore essential character virtues with the Popcorn Park Puppets. In each video the puppets become entangled in problems that require them to sort out right from wrong. This DVD contains both the English and Spanish language versions of the program.

Surviving Peer Pressure: You Can Do It!
22 minutes
For teens and pre-teens, staying true to oneself can be a tough act to pull off. This program, presented in a drama format, presents five scenarios where teens are asked to make critical decisions in typical peer pressure situations - whether to raid a liquor cabinet when the parents are not home, teasing and bullying a vulnerable kid out of sight of teachers and parents, excluding a girl from their regular lunch table, being pressured to shoplift in a local mall and being tempted to cheat on an exam because other teens got advance copies of the test. In each scenario, the action stops at a critical juncture and students review six steps to making the right choice: listen to your inner voice, what would you do if you were alone, take a time out, imagine your parents are watching you, is it against the law and finally, is it worth the risk?

The Wumblers: #1 Fear/Worry

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #2 Self-Acceptance

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #3 Bullies/Anger

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #4 Being and Having Friends

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #5 Understanding/Respecting Differences

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #6 Family/Community Involvement

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #7 Good Sportsmanship/Finishing What You Start

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

The Wumblers: #8 Being Responsible

The Wumblers are sweet-natured, multi-colored characters who live in an exciting world where food falls from the sky and babies come from watermelon. Each story blends an important lesson with inspiration, imagination, and fun. Culturally and globally conscious. This is an 8 DVD series:

Tolerance: Responding to Differences
18 minutes
Middle school years are the prime time when kids "make fun" of each other for differences in clothing, speech, physical traits and ethnicity. This video, consisting of four dramatic scenes and real-life interviews will challenge your students to look at each scene and determine what they would do in each situation. The program demonstrates that the tools of empathy, respect, acceptance, and forgiveness can be used to develop more tolerant attitudes.

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