Film celebrates lit for the young

. July 15, 2013.

Take a cinematic look into the stories that shape young lives, as Eastern Michigan University’s Campus Life continues its monthly Family Film Series on Saturday, November 20, with a screening of a new documentary, “Library of the Early Mind.” The film, directed by Edward J. Delaney, and co-produced by Delany and Steven Withrow, is an exploration of the importance of children’s literature and its impact on our culture and and the culture of childhood.

“Library of the Early Mind,” which had its premiere at Harvard University on October 19, features the voices of nearly forty children’s authors, illustrators, and publishers, with over 240 million books in print among them, including Chris Van Allsburg (author of “The Polar Express”), Norton Juster (writer of reading-list fixture “The Phantom Tollbooth,” and the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik. The artists discuss their own work, and the process of its creation, and reflect on the significance of art that has the power to change young lives.

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