Sunday, October 4, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Movies at the Library!

Burbank Public Library and Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Presents..... Edgar Allan Poe Movies
Roger Corman Films of Poe Classics

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) Obsessed with the memories of his dead wife, Verden Fell (Vincent Price) lives a reclusive life in his ruined abbey. All seems well when he marries the lovely Lady Rowena, but he soon becomes convinced his new wife is possessed by the evil spirit of first wife Ligeia. The screenplay is written by Robert Towne [Academy Award winner for Chinatown!] and based on Poe's story. (81 min.)
Buena Vista Branch Library 300 N. Buena Vista St. 818-238-5620

Saturday, October 10 at 1:30 PM "Inside the Book" -- join us for refreshments and an informal discussion of Edgar Allan Poe's works, followed by the movie at 2:00 PM
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960) When Philip arrives at the Usher mansion, he finds his love, Madeline, strangely ill. Her brother Roderick (Vincent Price...who else?) tells him of the family curse: insanity and a horrible death. The screenplay is written by Richard Matheson based on Poe's story. (79 min.)
Burbank Central Library 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. 818-238-5600

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 PM
Celebrate Teen Read Week!
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) A young Englishman travels to the castle of his brother-in-law (Vincent Price...notice a trend here?) to discover the truth behind his sister's mysterious death. Was she buried alive? The screenplay is by Richard Matheson based upon Poe's story. (80 min.)
Buena Vista Branch Library 300 N. Buena Vista St. 818-238-5620

The BIG READ is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

Funded by the Friends of the Burbank Public Library.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nevermore - Program Recap!

NEVERMORE… We had an engaged crowd of 147 for "Nevermore," the Big Read kickoff starring Duffy Hudson as Edgar Allan Poe. Brittany Vaughn from The Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and East San Fernando Valley introduced the audience to the Big Read concept, and told them about the B&G Club-sponsored activities to follow in October, while I filled them in on the library-centered ones, including our Poe movie screenings and the Teen Writing Contest (ghost, horror or supernatural story, 1500 words or less, due Oct. 31). The first 100 attendees received a copy of Nevermore, the Poe text being used for the Big Read, and many of them followed along in it as Duffy performed The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and Annabel Lee.

[Thanks Melissa E.!]

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Teen Read Month - Writing Contest.

The Burbank Public Library Young Adult Services Present

TEEN READ MONTH - October 1-31, 2009
Writing Contest for TEENS in Grades 6-12

Write a Scary Story!
Tell a Tale of Terror!
Be a Master of the Macabre!

We're looking for tales in the tradition of the pro, Edgar Allan Poe.

  • Write a ghost, horror, or supernatural story, 1,500 words or less in length; typed (or handwritten neatly!).
  • Turn in your scary story at the Reference Desk of any Burbank Public Library. Or, attach a Word doc or "paste" your story into an email and send your submission to by October 31, 20o9.

PRIZES will be awarded to the best submissions.
First Place -- 2 tickets to Magic Mountain
Second Place -- 2 AMC movie tickets
Third Place -- $15 i-Tunes gift card.

  • WINNERS will be announced on November 10 at the Library's Twilight screening/party.
  • EXTRA CREDIT may be given at your teacher's discretion.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Burbank Public Library.