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Once again the Murphy Library is honoring The Great American Read by showing a movie based on one of these books. Aspiring young authors, especially teenagers may feel emboldened in their work when they find out that the author of this American novel was 15 years old when she finished it, and 19 years old when it was published.

This Thursday at 6 p.m., the library is showing The Outsiders, a 1983 drama about a family of three poor orphan boys in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who struggle to survive, hoping the working class gang they belong to will help. But there is another gang full of rich kids and the future does not look good, especially when a killing occurs. The film is rated PG. Running time is 91 minutes.

Francis Ford Coppola directed this film with actors who were unknown back then: Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Diane Lane, and Leif Garrett.

This movie was made because the novelist kept getting advice from a school librarian and the students who read the novel. As a result she dedicated the film to “the people who first suggested that it be made… Librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and the students of the Lone Star School in Fresno, California.”

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You may have heard that PBS has created a new series called The Great American Read about America’s 100 best-loved novels, and is encouraging everyone to vote for their favorite. Many of these have had a second life as a film.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Murphy Library is screening one these:  To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic film based on Harper Lee’s novel. It is 1932 in a small Alabama town. A lawyer, who has lost his wife and is raising his two small children, is defending a black man who is unjustly accused of rape. The lawyer is Atticus Finch and his children are Jem and Scout.

The film is not rated.   Running time is 129 minutes. It won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Writing and Best Art Direction and was nominated for five more.

Celebrating our freedom doesn’t have to end on the 4th of July, it can continue on the 5th of July watching a movie and enjoying your right to laugh at silly jokes.   This week’s library movie is about a bunny and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and their need to harvest fresh vegetables from a neighbor’s garden.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Peter Rabbit, the 2018 film based on Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebel who likes to eat veggies someone else grows. The film is rated PG and running time is 95 minutes.

This film is a combination of animation and live action, and reviewers have noted that children laugh raucously at the goings-on. Their parents do too.

Mexican producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez have created an animated film you don’t want to miss. The story follows a young man who is pulled in many directions as he tries to live his life. His family has high expectations, but so does his heart when he meets a special young woman.

The Murphy Library is showing The Book of Life, a comedy adventure that uses animation in creative ways with the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead, this Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 95 minutes and it is rated PG.

Music fills the air, especially when opera star, Placido Domingo, who plays “Skeleton Jorge” sings “Cielito Lindo.” This is just one of the many acts you don’t want to miss.

 

National Library Week runs from April 8-14 and if the Murphy Library led you to something of value in your life, this is a good time to let the librarians know.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the library is showing Matilda, a film about the incredible effects both a librarian and a teacher have on a young girl. Rated PG. Running time is 102 minutes.

Roald Dahl wrote the story about a smart kid born to two very boorish parents.   They encourage her not to do anything but watch television. In spite of them, she teaches herself to read at the age of 4, and soon finds her way to a magical place, her local library. She starts to go there every day. Then the librarian tells her about library cards and the young reader is thrilled she can take books home.

In addition, she wants to go to school. When her parents finally send her, she discovers her teacher is gentle and loving. And soon she finds her own magical powers. The question is: can she control them?

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Did you ever want to be a kid again? Or know a kid who wants to have all the benefits that come with age?   Take a look at an older movie that reminds us of the ups and downs of growing up.

This Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Big, a Tom Hanks movie made when he was 30 years younger than today. The film is rated PG and running time is 104 minutes.

This was one of Hanks’ first movies and he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor. One scene that never gets old is when Hanks and his boss, played by Robert Loggia, go to the FAO Schwartz toy store and play music by dancing along a keyboard.

Harry is in his third year at Hogwarts and having trouble at home. Then he learns that a dangerous criminal has escaped from prison and is out to get him. While trying to protect himself and his friends, he learns more about life and his future.

Harry Potter is visiting the Murphy Library again after all the fun he had with Bridget Wilson and her young readers at the book night in his honor. This time the Murphy Library is showing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , directed by Alfonso Cuaron in 2004.

Filmed throughout Scotland and England, it has been nominated 47 times with 14 wins for its excellent actors, director, special effects, and the music by John Williams.

The library is showing this family fantasy adventure Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 142 minutes and the film is rated PG.


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