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Family Movie Series begins July 12

6/19/2007 —

The Family Summer Movie Nites series, co-sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education and the Tudor Bookshop & Café, presents parents and grandparents the opportunity to introduce to their children and grandchildren to outstanding works of literature that have been reproduced on film. Each film has been carefully selected for its content and story development and all are suitable for 7-12 year olds. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult family member. Immediately following the movie, Bill Bachman, instructor in communication arts and sciences at Penn State, will facilitate a brief discussion. Reading the book is not required prior to viewing the film, however, Tudor Bookshop & Café will offer a 20% discount to each family who wishes to purchase a book or books in the series

The works of three British authors will be featured. James and the Giant Peach will kick off the series on Thursday, July 12. Author Roald Dahl spins this delightful tale of young James and his bug friends as they travel to New York with the help of a giant peach. The Secret Garden will follow on Thursday, July 19. Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic of how magic, hope and love grow and bloom in a secret garden for a young girl who has lost her family in an earthquake in India. The series will end on Thursday, August 2, with National Velvet, an Academy Award winning classic from the book by Enid Bagnold. This film, featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, tells the story of young Velvet Brown who rescues a horse from destruction and trains him to compete in the Grand National Steeplechase.

The movies will be shown in Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Science Building 101 each evening starting at 6:15 p.m. and will end no later than 8:30 p.m. The cost is $20/movie for a maximum of four family members; $3 additional per person per movie for families of five or more. Registration is requested at least one week in advance prior to each movie date. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jean Pall at 570-675-9219 or jpp14@psu.edu.

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