Famous face kicks off library fun
SOREN ANDERSEN; The News Tribune
Published: April 11th, 2007 01:00 AM
The Tacoma Public Library will host a pair of special events on Thursday.
Tacoma-born actress Pamela Reed will read the children’s book “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon to 90 third-graders from Bryant Elementary School at 10 a.m. in the downtown Tacoma library’s Olympic Room.
Then at 7 p.m., the library will kick off its spring film series with a showing of the 2006 documentary “The Pact,” about three friends from the inner city of Newark, N.J., who made a pact to help one another escape the poverty of the inner city and get into college and medical school. The free screening will also be in the library’s Olympic Room.
“The Pact” will be shown again at 2 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S. Two other showings will be at 7 p.m. April 18 and at 2 p.m. April 21 at the Moore Library, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma.
“The Pact” is based on an inspirational New York Times best-seller that is this year’s selection for the Tacoma Reads Together program, which encourages members of the community to read and discuss a book on an important social issue.
Reed, star of the apocalyptic CBS series “Jericho” and the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie comedy “Kindergarten Cop,” among other productions, is appearing at the library as part of a nationwide program aimed at encouraging children to read.
The program is jointly sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, of which Reed is vice president, and Idearc Media Corp., publisher of the Verizon Yellow Pages.
Each child will be given a copy of Cannon’s richly illustrated million-selling story of the adventures of a baby bat struggling to survive after being separated from her mother. Thirty laptop computers will also be donated to Bryant Elementary in connection with Reed’s appearance.
In addition to in-person readings like the one Reed will be doing Thursday, she and other celebrity readers have contributed their time and talents to a Web site, www.storylineonline.net
, where they read to kids via streaming video. Reed, Elijah Wood
, Al Gore and Melissa Gilbert are among the famous faces reading stories on the site, which was founded by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The service has been in operation for four years.
Now a resident of Los Angeles, Reed “jumped at the opportunity,” to return to her hometown to read to local kids when invited to do so by executives at Idearc, said Andrew Shane, a spokesman for the company.
The film series that begins the same day as Reed’s appearance runs through May 3 at the downtown library. John Singleton’s critically acclaimed 1991 inner-city drama “Boyz N the Hood” will be shown at 7 p.m. April 19. “Akeelah and the Bee,” about a 11-year-old girl from South Central Los Angeles who competes in the national spelling bee, will be shown at 7 p.m. April 26. The series will wrap up on May 3 with a 6:30 p.m. showing of the sports documentary “Hoop Dreams.”
The films all share a common theme, said library spokesman David Domkoski. “They’re about people who are facing challenging circumstances and try to take action to change the circumstances in their lives.”Source