Alice Walker's The Color Purple on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the branch's monthly Adaptations program. The program puts a cinematic twist to books.
On a Sunday afternoon, library patrons watch the film version of a book as part of a screening party. A few weeks later on a Tuesday night, the audience discusses the book and film versions of the book. The latter discussion is called "The AfterParty.'' The screening party for The Color Purple was held on Sunday, February 10.
"People clapped at the end. Some people were crying. It's a very emotional film,'' said Ellen Shade, circulation manager at Avondale. "When I thanked them for coming, they said, 'No, thank you.' "
The February 26 event is sure to have a similar audience response.
"We have some patrons who come for just the movies, we have some who come for both and we have others who come for just the discussion,'' said Shade. "We keep copies of the book at the front desk to check out and read so it's fresh on people's minds after seeing the movie.''
This is the third year for the program.
"In addition to providing access to literature, libraries are places where people come together to share an experience,'' said Shade. "You can come to share what you love, learn from a book that touches you or learn from a film that speaks to you.''
For more information about Adaptations, contact Shade at 205-226-4000. Birmingham365 has the Adaptations program dates and titles listed through May 2013.
Submitted by Chanda Temple
Director of Public Relations