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Join Us for Teen Movie Events

Join Us for Teen Movie Events

Published: June 26, 2018

Now that summer vacation is in full swing, teens have relatively free rein of their schedules and can indulge in entertainment as they desire, cinematic or otherwise.

In support of this pursuit, the library has scheduled two films dedicated solely to teen audiences. They have very different feels, but they’re certain crowd-pleasers and offer a great chance for kids to get out of the house and be exposed to new ideas and experiences.

The first screening is of Wonder, the 2017 film based on the young adult novel of the same name by Raquel Jaramillo, who wrote under the pen name of R. J. Palacio. Its story follows Auggie Pullman, a young man with severe facial differences, as he struggles to enter mainstream school. Full of memorable characters and individual journeys, the film is a testimony to seeing the beauty all around us. Authentic and poignantly told, the story deals with the nature of friendship, fear, kindness, and much more. There’s humor and heartache in the film, along with an overarching appreciation for the value of each life. It’s a worthwhile view for teens who are living in the midst of making self-determining choices about what to embrace and what to discard as they find their own adult voices and characters.

Thursday, July 5 at 5 pm at the Main Library in Newton.

The second screening is of The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s classic high fantasy film from 1982. Henson, the creator of the Muppets, showcased groundbreaking animatronics in this tale about reconciliation and renewal. The story revolves around an elf-like being known as Jen and his effort to restore a shattered crystal and bring balance to his alien world. The quest pulls together a fascinating cast of characters who all play a role in fulfilling a prophesy made long ago. The film gained notable attention for Henson’s signature special effects and continues to have a dedicated following some 35 years later.

Friday, July 6 at 2 pm at the Maiden Branch Library.

Beyond these films, teens are encouraged to participate in the library’s various Summer Learning programs and to compete for prizes as measured by the quantity of reading they complete. Registration forms, reading logs, and other details are available online.