WALLA & Friends Film Series – Summer 2019
In partnership with the West Lafayette Public Library, WALLA (Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association) hosts regular film showings open to all. Films start promptly at 6:30pm and are held in the Walnut and Elm Rooms.
The current summer film schedule is below:
Monday, June 10th: Solaris
Psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate a space station circling the planet Solaris where the crew has become completely dysfunctional. Kelvin discovers why when it happens to him. This movie attempts to create a vision of a human encounter with something that “cannot be reduced to human concepts, ideas or images.”
Released in 2002
Monday, June 24th: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This science fiction romantic comedy follows Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) as they break off their relationship and; through technology available only in this movie, have their memories of one another erased from their minds. They reconnect and we, the audience, accompany them as they begin again. A second theme involves the employees of Lacuna, Inc., the firm that does the memory erasing, and their actions which have devastating consequences for Joel, Clementine, and all clients using their services. The film was well received by critics and garnered many awards: Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 2004 and Kate Millet was an Academy Award nominee for Best Actress. Many media outlets list the film as one of the best movies of the decade, the century, and of “all time.” Directed by Michel Gondy.
Released in 2004
Monday, July 8th: The Martian
During a manned mission to Mars astronaut Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. He must draw upon his ingenuity with spirit to subsist and find a way to signal earth and find a way to eat and survive.
Released in 2015
Monday, July 24th: WALL-E
A computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. In the 29th century, Earth has been abandoned and covered in garbage, its population having been evacuated by the megacorporation Buy-N-Large (BnL) on giant starliners seven centuries earlier after decades of mass consumerism facilitated by BnL. Left behind is WALL-E, a robot trash compactor to clean up. All other compactors have “died” by WALL-E has gained sentience and is scavenging parts from other units to remain active. The film criticizes consumerism, corporatism, nostalgia, waste management, human environmental impact and concerns, obesity, and global catastrophic risk.
Released in 2008
Monday, August 12th: Passengers
Passengers is a science fiction/romance that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two spaceship passengers en route to a distant planet on a colonizing mission. The problem: both of these passengers wake up ninety years before the ship will reach the planet. While the other 5,000 colonists stay sleeping in their cryostasis pods, the two characters struggle not only with isolation but with the increasing problems of a spaceship that has been critically damaged. The two must learn not only how to get by on their own but also how to protect the rest of the crew and colonists—who will not wake up to know their bravery for almost another century. Directed by Morten Tyldum.
Released in 2016
Current film information supplied by WALLA. For more information about WALLA or the film series, visit their website.
2019 Adult Summer Reading Program
The Adult Summer Reading Program is open to ages 18-100+
Read and record your minutes from June 3rd to July 28th.
Record your minutes online through Reader Zone using the website or the FREE app.
Enter reading code: wlpl-adults.
If you’d prefer to participate on paper, visit the library for a paper reading log.
Prizes will be awarded every week! Find out this week’s prize by visiting the library’s website, Facebook page, or by stopping by the Adult SRP display on the second floor.
Earn prize entries by (1) completing a reading goal of 180 minutes, (2) participating in an adult SRP program, or (3) visiting one of our community partners and showing us a picture.
Prize winners will be contacted each Wednesday evening. If you win, you’ll have until August 15th to pick up your prize. Winners must show a photo ID and be in the program’s age range.
THANK YOU to our 2019 Adult Summer Reading Community Partners!
1820 Sagamore Pkwy W, West Lafayette, IN 47906
Wanting more information about an adult library event? Have an idea for a library program or a recommendation for a book purchase? Send an email to the Reference Desk.