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Friday, May 23, 2008

In Search of Indiana Jones

Now is the season for the blockbuster film hero and the first to hit the screen is Harrison Ford's return as Indiana Jones. Back in the 1980s, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg reinvented the action movie using the styles of the 1930s cliffhanger serials that kept filmgoers returning week after week.

If for some reason you can’t get in to see "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which opens this weekend, or you would just like some extra reading on the phenomenon, browse these books:

Indiana Jones and the Interior World by Rob MacGregor (fiction)

Harrison Ford: The Films by Brad Duke

Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero by Gary Jenkins

Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride

Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorized Biography by John Baxter

Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock

There’s also some great juvenile Indiana Jones books that tie-in with the films. Check the library’s catalog.

So – got a favorite blockbuster series? Were the Star Wars flicks better than the Star Trek franchise? How about the Superman or Spiderman series?

Library PSA Contest
Speaking of film, from now until June 23, the he Fairfax County Public Library, in partnership with the FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY Foundation, will conduct a "Why Vote" Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest.

The contest to produce radio or TV PSAs is open to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, high school students, adults and teams. The FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY Foundation will award multiple cash prizes and multiple gold, silver and bronze certificates at a special awards ceremony.

For details visit the library's Web site or pick up a brochure at your local branch.

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