This Weekend

The Central Library is hosting two fun events this weekend. On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., join us for this month's Free Family Film, Black Beauty. We're showing the 1994 version, directed by Caroline Thompson and starring Sean Bean, David Thewlis, and Jim Carter. The Allmovie Guide says, "The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging, handsome stallion living in Victorian England. The film is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty, who spends a happy childhood on a rambling country estate before being ravaged by illness and surviving a horrible stable fire. However, the worst is yet to come as Black Beauty's new owners subject him to life as a horse for rent and, later, as a taxi puller in working-class London, before he can retire in peace. The original novel was written to draw attention to the cruel treatment of animals in 1877 England, and the issue's continued relevance today adds poignancy and gravity to this affecting tale. The film is episodic, as was the book, and the topic is handled with sensitivity and care.”

We'll show a cartoon before the feature (Superman in The Arctic Giant!) and serve popcorn. What could be better?

Well, maybe Art Cards. On Sunday at 2:00 p.n., Rob Logan returns with this wildly popular program. Start with a blank 9-card template, add your art, have it laminated on the spot, and cut out the cards to keep, or trade and collect. “If you can doodle, you can do it!,” says Rob, and he knows what he's talking about - he's been hosting art card events for years. If you've never attended one of these programs before, you really should give it a try - it's an incredibly good time!

This free program is funded by the Somerville Children's Network, an all volunteer, parent-run, 501c3 non-profit organization. The Somerville Children's Network works in collaboration with schools, city, community, and civic organizations to provide enrichment opportunities and support Somerville Public Schools, to nurture Somerville families, and to build community.

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