Silver Screen Classic Musicals at the Tyler Public Library

The Tyler Public Library's Silver Screen Movie Musicals for adults and teens bring timeless movies from Hollywood's golden era to the big screen every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium.  Every film this summer is based on great literature.

"To celebrate Independence Day, we're showing South Pacific on July 3," says Evelyn James, programming associate for the Library. "The current Broadway production of South Pacific recently won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival.  Its portrayal of Americans in the midst of an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences over 50 years ago."

The 1958 screen version of the musical stars Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor and Ray Walston. Set on a remote U.S.-occupied South Sea island during World War II, this is the story of two parallel romances; a Navy nurse "as corny as Kansas in August" falls for a wealthy French plantation owner who is father to a pair of mixed-race children. The other story is the love affair between a young American officer and a native girl.

South Pacific is based on the "Tales from the South Pacific" by James Michener and is well known for its extraordinary score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II - the songs include Some Enchanted Evening, Younger than Springtime, Bali Hai, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and A Wonderful Guy.

The musical is also a deeply-felt drama and considered by many to be the finest musical ever written. In its original 1949 Broadway production, South Pacific ran for five years to extraordinary acclaim and countless awards include nine Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize.

The summer-long classic film festival continues in July with Guys and Dolls and Meet Me in St. Louis. The final Thursday night Silver Screen Classic is The Sound of Music on July 24.

Also in July, Tyler Public Library continues to offer other exciting free events for adults and kids to beat the heat. Movies, story hours and lively family entertainers will fill the long hot days of summer, and all activities are free and open to the public.

"Fables & Films"- books, stories, and a short film based on classic children's book characters. The story hours for preschoolers are Monday through Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

"Movie Matinees" for elementary children are shown every Monday and Tuesday at 130 p.m. and showcase feature films based on great children's literature. Movie Matinees will include films like101 Dalmatians, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins.

"Fab Fridays" bring family performers for all ages to the Library every Friday afternoon at 1:30 and again at 3 p.m. Upcoming Fab Fridays include magician Gerald Edmundson, children's author and musician Willy Welch and balloon artist Mister Jazzz.

As part of its mission to encourage people of every age to become life-long readers, the Library participates in the Texas State Library's Summer Reading Program-this year celebrating 50 years of Texas Reading Clubs.  Using time logs provided by the Library, children, teens and adults track the hours they spend reading in June and July. After logging fifteen hours, readers turn in completed time logs to the Library Information Desk and pick a free book from the "Jubilee" book cart.  Children who are not reading independently may still participate by being read to for fifteen hours.