The Detroit Lakes Public Library recently updated its in-house projection system and obtained a license to screen movies. To celebrate that, as well as the arrival of the traveling exhibit "Electrifying Minnesota" at the Becker County Museum, the two organizations have teamed up to host a full day of electrically themed movies at the library Monday, Jan. 13.
"We've been talking with the museum about doing something to tie in with their programming," said Greta Guck, the library's executive director.
When the "Electrifying Minnesota" exhibit arrived at the museum in late October, they began to explore the idea of having an electric-themed day of movie screenings.
"We're going to show four movies," said Guck, starting at 10 a.m. with the biopic "Edison: The Man."
Released in 1940, the film stars Spencer Tracy as Thomas Edison, the American inventor who first harnessed electricity to create light in the late 19th century.
The second movie to be screened will be "Weird Science," a 1985 flick directed by John Hughes that combined teen comedy and science fiction to tell the story of how two teenaged boys created their dream woman, then animated her with the power of electricity.
"Weird Science" will be shown at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. showing of the animated movie "Iron Giant," a 1999 Warner Brothers release that tells the story of an alien robot crash landing on earth. This robot, dubbed the Iron Giant, uses electricity as fuel.
Last but not least, the mini-film festival will conclude with a 6:30 p.m. screening of the classic Mel Brooks horror comedy, "Young Frankenstein."
This 1974 release from 20th Century Fox takes a humorous view of the myth of Frankenstein — a monster created by stitching together parts from long-dead corpses and reanimating it with electricity.
The films will be screened free of charge in the main meeting room of the library at 1000 Washington Ave. There will be free popcorn served as well. For more information, call the library at 218-847-2168.
Later in January, on Monday, Jan. 27, the library will be hosting another "Electrifying Minnesota" event — a special Family Pajama Night Storytime session at 6:30 p.m.
"This storytime will also have an electrical theme," Guck explained, though the exact story (or stories) to be read is still being determined. As always, library events are offered free of charge.
Speaking of which, the library and the Becker County Museum have also teamed up to compile a list of electric-themed books that can bring additional context to the "Electrifying Minnesota" exhibit, which will be on display at the museum until Feb. 22. Copies of the list are available at both the library and the museum.
In addition, the museum has several electric-themed items for sale in its gift shop, including Lego Robotics kits, Snap Circuit educational toys, a variety of electric-themed books and more. Visit the museum at 714 Summit Ave., or call 218-847-2938 for more information.