PANAMA CITY — The Bay County Public Library presented a movie series that takes place the second Saturday of each month.
The library expands the program, 2nd Saturday Family Film Series, and incorporates its summer reading theme, Oceans of Possibilities, with free, family-friendly films.
Screenings are held every second Saturday at 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room, 898 W. 11th St., and are open to the public with popcorn provided by the Friends of Bay County Public Libraries.
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“At the library, we are always looking for ideas that can be entertaining and educational for all ages,” said Pheobee Cochran, program coordinator. “And it’s always fun to get together and share a film while having the opportunity to discuss it with people in the community.”
In conjunction with POV (Point-of-View), PBS’s award-winning independent film series, the library will screen filmmaker Laura Nix’s 2018 film “Inventing Tomorrow” on Saturday.
“Inventing Tomorrow” follows passionate teenagers around the world as they create cutting-edge solutions to address global environmental threats – found in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. . These inspiring teens are preparing their projects for the largest gathering of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Expo.
“We chose these films to showcase teens making a difference and show how the films aren’t just for entertainment,” Cochran said. “I hope this film will inspire some families to show that even young people can contribute to environmental change.”
A relatively new program at the library, Cochran said it will be the third screening since its launch in May and that library officials plan to continue screenings until at least December. She noted the success of the double premiere in June, which included “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2”, which led to upcoming family film screenings during the summer months.
The August schedule will include a screening of “Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street” as part of the 2nd Saturday Family Movie Series. Based on the book by Michael Davis, the film explores how documentary filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo investigates one of the longest-running children’s programs in American television history.
Attendees can expect film screenings for all ages, and while there is no age limit, attendees are encouraged to visit based on what suits their viewing. Additionally, Cochran said that after each film is completed, an open discussion ensues with the opportunity to share thoughts about the film.
“Because this is a new program, we’re trying to stay nimble,” Cochran said. “Obviously we want to organize these screenings that benefit the greatest number of people and we hope to show a mixture of film genres that are suitable for adults and children.
Bay County Public Library plans to announce the next series of film screenings in its upcoming quarterly newsletter as well as a new theme to be posted on its website. For more information about library programming, visit www.nwrls.com or call 850-522-2100.