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Hidden Figures PG-13
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Film screening date: 08/22/2017 @ 6:00pm

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African- American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.
Starting in World War II and extending through the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the space race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African-American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story PG-13
by Diane Ackerman
Film screening date: 9/21/2017 @6:00pm

It’s 1939 and the Nazi regime has invaded Poland. The city of Warsaw has been devastated by bombers - including the city’s zoo. Polish zookeepers, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, manage to save hundreds of Jews from a genocidal fate. The book chronologically follows Antonina and Jan’s journey, starting before the war when the zoo was very successful, to the end of the War. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award and a New York Times Best Seller, this book combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story.

Jurassic Park PG-13
by Michael Crichton
Film screening date: 10/16/2017 @6:00pm

An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Crichton ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering.

The Road R
by Cormac McCarthy
Film Screening Date: 11/16/17 @6pm

A searing, post-apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Arrival PG-13 (movie)
Film Screening Date: 1/15/2018

Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. The Story of Your Life and Others, featured in the collection Stories of Your Life and Others, served as inspiration for our featured movie, Arrival. When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

How to become a Reel Reader

  1. Read the book, if you have time. Each month, prior to the movie showing, copies of the selected title will be available in the library's rotunda.
  2. Join us for the movie even if you haven't read the book. Bring your own carry-out dinner to enjoy while you watch the movie.
  3. Talk about the book and film. Following the movie, you are invited to participate in a guided discussion.
  4. You might win fabulous prizes when you attend Reel Reader events!


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