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Film celebrating reading wins OscarPosted Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 5:21 PM
For those of you who enjoyed the Academy Awards just last week, I was excited to hear (as a librarian) about a short film that won an Oscar.
As it was printed in the American Libraries magazine, the film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Dr. Morris Lessmore" is "A film allegory that celebrates the curative power of story in general -- and reading in particular.
A wordless film whose most inspiring scenes take place in a fanciful library full of living books, was produced by start-up Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La., and depicts how the title character heals emotionally, over time, from the cataclysmic devastation of his personal world by Hurricane Katrina through the transformative properties of the written word."
These are soothing words to librarians who face all the challenges of providing services while being threatened by the current economy and those who predict or advocate for abandoning libraries altogether.
In an ironic twist, the decision has been made to release a book based on the short film.
I look forward to reading it when it arrives at the library in a few months.
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Amy Crump is the director of the Marshall Public Library. Adventures in Libraryland is a long-running community service column in The Marshall Democrat-News that offers news about library programs, people and new books and movies.
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