Theatre and movies fill the July calendar at the Westfield Memorial Library located at 550 East Broad St.
On Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m., the Shrewd Mechanicals of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will present “Verily, Madly, Thine.” This hour-long presentation focuses on the temporary madness that people experience when they fall madly in love.
It features an array of moments from Shakespeare’s plays as well as selections from more contemporary authors who have been inspired by one of Shakespeare’s originals. “Verily, Madly, Thine” also features a sprinkling of music that will make audiences fall in love with this entertaining collection of scenes that bring to life the joy, wit, poetry, and music of the world’s greatest playwright — and those he’s inspired.
Registration is limited to Westfield Resident cardholders until Wednesday, July 10, when MURAL cardholders may register, space permitting.
As part of the programs to honor the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, the movie “First Man” will be shown on Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m.
Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling reteam for the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.
A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
On Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m., the library will show “Apollo 11.”
From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making.
Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65 mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission: the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names.
Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, the audience vividly experiences those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
The programs are free and open to all. To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library — the community’s destination for discovery and ideas— engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
The library is closed on Sundays for the summer.
For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad St. for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”