Gwinnett libraries set to host summer movie series

LAWRENCEVILLE - Have your kids read "The Tale of Despereaux" yet?

Not only can they borrow a copy from the public library, but later this month they can see the movie there.

The Gwinnett County Public Library system will host a Summer Afternoon at the Movies component to the annual summer reading program, which has a record-setting 33,423 kids and teens signed up.

The first viewing of "Walt Disney's Fantasia" will be held Monday at the Collins Hill library branch, with the same film shown at the Suwanee, Five Forks and Norcross branches each subsequent day.

From July 20 to 23, the same branches will screen the movie version of the popular mouse tale by Kate DiCamillo, which won the 2003 Newberry Medal.

The movies will begin at 3 p.m. and popcorn will be available.

Library spokeswoman Michelle Long said the movies were chosen to appeal to the entire family and to entice people who may not come to the library just to find a book.

The movies, she said, "could indirectly encourage them to read a book."

About 400 people are expected to participate in the movie series, although Long said the number could be higher. In this faltering economy, she said, program attendance has increased by 30 percent.

SideBar: Movie Series

· "Walt Disney's Fantasia"

Monday - Collins Hill branch

Tuesday - Suwanee branch

Wednesday - Five Forks branch

Thursday - Norcross branch

· "The Tale of Despereaux"

July 20 - Suwanee branch

July 21 - Five Forks branch

July 22- Norcross branch

July 23 - Collins Hill branch