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SOMA Film Festival: Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering free screenings on July 20 and July 24 of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the program had all original content from local and international filmmakers, the Dave Matthews Band, famed children’s author Mo Willems, and the band They Might Be Giants.

“The Kids Program was a great success and we wanted to extend the screenings for families who couldn’t make it to the first run and to also support our wonderful local libraries in the process” said SOMA Film Festival founder/director Matt Smollon. 

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The South Orange Library will hold the screening with the theme, “Kids Movie Night & Stuffed Animal Sleepover” on Thursday, July 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All kids are invited to bring their best stuffed friend along, leave them for a sleepover at the library after the screening, and come back to pick them up the following day.

The Maplewood Library (main branch) will be having a throwback to the drive-in movie experience of yesteryear with, “Drive-In Movie Night.” This event will take place on Monday, July 24, with car construction (40 cars provided) taking place from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the screening beginning promptly at 4:45 p.m.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to share a special encore screening of the 2017 SOMA Film Festival Kids Program as a part of our Summer Reading Club," said Amalia E. Butler, Senior Children's Librarian, Maplewood Memorial Library.

For more information on both of these events, go to the South Orange Library website here and the Maplewoood Library website here.

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