Free outdoor movies at library

First Posted: 6/24/2009

The adventures of some of the best-selling books and animation series will come to life this summer at the Mount Airy Public Library when it showcases their film adaptations, free of charge, on its back lawn.
Angela Llewellyn, a library assistant at the Mount Airy Public Library, said residents should dig out their blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the free outdoor movies offered in the librarys backyard. Movies on Mondays is a seven-week series of free outdoor movies through July 27, starting at dusk each Monday night. Almost each movie shown is based on a book, and a cartoon is shown before each movie.
Its free to the community and its fun, she said on Monday shortly before Mondays showing of the Spiderwick Chronicles, which chronicles the adventures of the three siblings after they move into Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of faeries that they never knew existed.
The library kicked off its Movies on Mondays on June 15 with a showing of Twilight, which drew a crowd of about 100 people. Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel written by Stephenie Meyer.
That was a good one to start with to get everybodys attention about the program, Llewellyn said. That night rain caused the program to be moved inside where the space was slightly limited for the large crowd.
Mondays sunny weather welcomed more than 50 people onto the back lawn of the library to see Spiderwick Chronicles.
We had a large crowd with Twilight, but I am really pleased with tonights turnout, she said Monday night. The city helped us prepare for tonight by trimming trees on the backside so that the audience can see the movie projected on the wall.
Just like a regular theater, there is also a concession stand with reasonably priced treats for the audience to purchase, but movie goers are welcome to bring their own snacks.
The funds from the concessions go toward the librarys program funding, Llewellyn said.
Chad Casstevens, who works with the Childrens Center of Surry, brought a group of five youngsters to see the Spiderwick Chronicles.
He said the group came out last week for Twilight but had to leave because rain moved everybody inside and there wasnt a lot of space, but because they were eager for free fun they came back again.
Its good weather for something like this, and its a good experience for the kids, he said. Its better than them sitting at home.
Casstevens also said that it would give the kids an opportunity to learn more about whats going on in the library and provoke their interest in reading some of the books from which the movies were derived.
I think this is something fun to do besides sitting at home and its free, said a 15-year-old teen, who came with Casstevens group. The teen was unable to provide his name because of confidentiality regulations by the Childrens Center.
He said he was unfamiliar with The Spiderwick Chronicles, but he was looking forward to seeing the movie and other upcoming movies.
The movies are always better than the books, he joked with Casstevens.
As a movie enthusiast, Linda Goins said she couldnt resist checking out the free outdoor movie series sponsored by the library.
I like to get out, and I am a big movie buff, she said, adding that shes anxious to see Marley and Me on July 13, which is a New York Times best-selling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan published in 2005.
She said she thinks that Movies on Mondays is a good activity for people of all ages.
Its good to have fun, and this is great for kids to have something like this in Mount Airy. Its a cheap, well, free, community event.
Upcoming movies include:
– June 29 Golden Compass, a 2007 fantasy film based on the novel Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
– July 6 Transformers, a 2007 live-action film adaptation of the animated series, Transformers.
– July 13 Marley and Me, a 2008 film based on the memoir of the same title by John Grogan.
– July 20 Journey to the Center of the Earth, a 2008 film that may be considered a 21st Century sequel to the 19th Century novel of the same name by Jules Verne.
– July 27 City of Ember, a 2008 science fiction-fantasy film based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Jeanne Duprau.
For more information, call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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