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Brown Library hosts films, events for the whole family

By CHRISTOPHER RYAN OEHRLI

For the Daily News

The George H. and Laura E. Brown Library will play two PG-rated movies over the next two Wednesdays.

They will be shown at 2 p.m. in the library’s upstairs multipurpose room. On July, 25 “Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!” will be played and on Aug. 1 Pixar’s “Coco.” Library staff are asking that parents or guardians stay with their children during the movies.

“Pokémon” is a 2017 film based on the popular children’s TV, card and video game franchise. “Coco,” which also came out last year, was critically acclaimed and won two Academy Awards.

“(Movies) are always part of our summer library program,” said Youth Services Librarian Terry Rollins. “We choose movies that are suitable for families and we provide light refreshments.”

The summer program encourages children to read by offering prize incentives — such as bookbags, tambourines and kazoos — and by staging complementary events, like the movie screenings. It has been well-attended, said Rollins.

Unrelated to the children’s program, today, the library’s “Bite of History” series will continue. The program allows locals, historians and professional storytellers a forum to discuss Eastern Carolina history and their ties to it. At 2 p.m., Leesa Jones, the director of the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad History Museum, will offer a presentation entitled “I’m From Washington and Nobody Told Me This!”

“Adults mainly come but it’s for the entire family,” said Rollins.

On Friday, from 11 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church, storyteller Mima Dixon will read for a crowd.

On July 27, the summer program will be capped off at First United Methodist Church with a “Grand Finale Music Jam Session” featuring local musicians, a fitting event for this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!”

“We do (stay busy),” said Rollins. “Summer is always our busiest time because the kids are out of school.”