Partnership brings free kids’ films to summer

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is among movies that are part of the “Read It, Watch It” series.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is among movies that are part of the “Read It, Watch It” series. TNS photo

This summer, the Schlow Centre Region Library presents its summer reading program with the 2017 “Read It, Watch It” film series for kids, which runs through August at The State Theatre.

Every Wednesday at noon, children’s movies will be shown. Schlow partners with The State Theatre, Weis Markets, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, the Downtown State College Improvement District and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park for the yearly series.

The series begins on Wednesday with the animated adventure-comedy “Moana.” Other films on the schedule include classics such as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “The Princess Bride” and “Wall-E,” along with new favorites like “Finding Dory” and “Brave.” After watching the film, children and their families can walk to the library to check out a selection of books related to the movies. Also on Wednesdays, the library will have a performer or another program at 2:30 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public.

The series started almost 10 years ago.

“We started by showing movies that were associated with books,” said Karen Gregg, assistant executive director and development director at The State Theatre. “It has progressed into specific themes selected by Schlow library. This year’s theme is ‘Build a Better World.’ ”

Free snacks are provided to children after each performance, courtesy of Weis Markets.

“We hope to continue this, as each year it gains in popularity,” Gregg said.

Attendees are asked to bring dry goods for donation to the State College Food Bank at any of the “Read It, Watch It” films.

Read It, Watch It

▪ All showings are at noon

“Moana,” Wednesday

“Wreck-It Ralph,” June 21

“Brave,” June 28

“Wall-E,” July 5

“Finding Dory,” July 12

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” July 19

“Night at the Museum,” July 26

“The Princess Bride,” Aug. 2

“Herbie Goes Bananas,” Aug. 9

“Karate Kid,” Aug. 16