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VBPL to host free movie showings

Van Buren Public Library will have free movie showings for kids and adults throughout the summer months.

Two movie programs will be running during the summer at the library, one for families and one geared more toward adults.

Movie Mondays will be every Monday at 1:30 p.m. from June 3 to July 29, except June 10. Movies chosen for this program are more “family friendly,” said Bridgette Waid, children’s librarian.

“I wanted to give the family something to do that would be free, and to bring them to the library,” Waid said.

Waid knows many families struggle to find less expensive ways to entertain the entire family, she said.

Movies that will be shown each Monday, starting with the next showing June 17, are “Hoot,” “The Smurfs,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” “Holes,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” “How to Eat Fried Worms” and “National Treasure.”

For those seeking more adult entertainment, the Books 2 Movies matinees each Saturday at 11 a.m. may be more on point.

Like the title suggests, the showings are of movies that started out as books.

Each of the summer months will have three showings with its own theme, said Lily Clegg, the library assistant who organized the program.

June is the month for cult classics, with showings such of “Jaws” on the 15th, “The Crow” on the 22nd and “Stand By Me” on the 29th.

“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” on July 6, “The Outsiders” on July 20 and “The Basketball Diaries” on July 27 are all movies involving teen angst.

Books 2 Movies will finish off with showings of classic films; Aug. 3 is “Fried Green Tomatoes,” Aug. 17 is “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and Aug. 24 will be a showing of the original “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder.

Books 2 Movies was created as an alternative to the library’s adult summer reading program, Clegg said. She hopes it will help get more people interested in adult programming at the library, she said.

She also organized the program “just because we like books and we like movies,” she said.

Those attending the Books 2 Movies showings will get tickets, with a winning ticket chosen at the end of the summer to receive a gift basket of books that were turned into movies or written from a movie, she said.

For more information on the movie showings or other library programming, contact the VBPL at (479) 474-6045.

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