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The Book Is Ready for a Close-Up

Last week, the Von der Ahe Family Suite at the new William H. Hannon Library was transformed into a movie theater for a night. LMU students, faculty and staff gathered to munch on free popcorn and watch the film “Stranger Than Fiction” on the 103-inch-screen TV. 

Librarian Rhonda Rosen is excited about the first film series organized by the library. “We are screening movies where the book is the central character,” Rosen said. 

Screenings will be every other Wednesday this fall, and the series may continue into the spring semester. The films to be shown include “American Splendor,” “Name of the Rose” and “The Princess Bride.” A library staff member will introduce each film.

Rosen said that the film series was inspired by the Archives and Special Collections series of exhibits on the history of books that will be displayed during the 2009-10 school year.

The opening exhibit, “Clay, Parchment, Paper: Book Production from the Ancient World to the Present Day,” follows the evolution of the physical processes of bookmaking from the ancient world, to the Medieval and Renaissance periods, through the industrial revolution to the present.

The exhibit and the film screenings at the library are free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The exhibit will remain on display through the fall semester. For more information on film screenings, click here.

Posted Sept. 21, 2009