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A Different Kind of Fairy Tale

wizard of ozIn a blog post a few weeks ago, I waxed eloquent (I might actually have rambled) about my intense love for live-action fairy tales, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and Maleficent, the greatest of the fairy tale villains. There are so many fairy tales brought to screen every year, both through animation and live-action filmmaking, and each takes a unique approach to retelling the classic story.

As I was putting that list together, I noticed another trend: movies with fairy tale qualities based on stand-alone or series novels. These novels aren’t generally considered fairy tales, and they certainly don’t appear in any Grimm’s collection, but they do have many similar qualities. While some of these books, like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, are considered classics, many, like Ella Enchanted, are modern reinventions of the fairy tale genre. The movies based on these books generally rely on a sense of whimsy and a bit of magic to enchant viewers and move the plot forward. And, although it is almost never stated, there is always the all-important “happily ever after.”

Bollywood Dance!

Bollywood Dance

Get moving with an Indian dance class! Learn the moves one by one, then put them together in one fun dance! No dance skills? Grab your friends and come anyway! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 17 from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Once Upon a Time…

maleficent dragonWhen I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the first time as a little girl, I was completely captivated. I loved watching the fairies muddle through baking a cake and sewing a dress, Briar Rose and Prince Phillip’s first encounter in the forest, and the epic fight at the end of the film. But, most of all, I loved Maleficent. She could curse a person sixteen years in advance and turn into a dragon! In my mind, that made her the best fairy tale villain.

I was obviously not alone in that way of thinking, because 55 years later, Disney released a live action retelling of the fairy tale. But this time, they focused on Maleficent, one of the most beloved fairy tale villains. Maleficent strives to do what Wicked, the best-selling novel and the hit Broadway musical, did for the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz: tell the villain’s story, shed light on their motivations, and bring compassion to an otherwise evil character. Critical reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences seem united in finding Maleficent’s story, and Angelina Jolie’s performance as her, mesmerizing.

Live Action Pac-Man!

pac-man

Start Summer Reading off right with a game of live action Pac-Man! Whatever you do, don’t let the ghosts catch you! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 10 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.
 

As You Wish!

princess brideIn 1987 The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, opened in theaters to moderate success. Equal parts romance, comedy, adventure and fantasy, it offered something for everyone. Since its release on VHS and DVD, The Princess Bride has steadily become a cult classic based on its imminently quotable dialogue, quirky characters and charmingly bizarre plot.

The Princess Bride is just one of many iconic movies to come out of the 1980s, a prolific and varied decade that brought viewers a fantastic mix of award-winning classics and cult classics worth watching for nostalgia’s sake. It produced heroes like John McClane and Indiana Jones, and villains like Darth Vader, and it saw the start of some franchises that still continue today and the end of others. For many people, the movies of the ‘80s showed how to do everything, from skipping school to saving the world, with style.

Below I have listed a few of my favorite movies from the ‘80s. Let me know your favorites!

Library Hours this Memorial Day Weekend

US FlagsEach Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who have fallen while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In observance of the holiday, the library will remain open regular hours Friday and Saturday, but will be closed this coming Monday, May 26. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00 am.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

ang leeEach May, we honor the men and women of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who have contributed to America’s rich historical and cultural heritage. First conceived as a week-long event in the late 1970’s, the celebration was extended in 1992 and is now commemorated each year in May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

There are many people of Asian-Pacific descent working in the American film and television industry and I wanted to take a moment this month to recognize their contributions. Whether working behind the scenes as writers and directors, or lighting up film and television screens as actors and actresses, their talents have helped shape Hollywood into a creative and innovative force. The following list is by no means complete, but does highlight a few of these talented individuals and their contributions.

Candy Sushi for Teens!

candy sushi

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with us and make candy sushi! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, May 5 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.
 

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