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Rhode Island filmmakers Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow will screen Library of the Early Mind, a feature-length documentary film exploring children’s literature, at the Chase Center Auditorium at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Library of the Early MindThe screening, which is free and open to the public, is in partnership with the Department of Illustration at RISD and the Providence Children’s Film Festival. A panel discussion with the filmmakers as well as featured authors Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting; Knee-Knock Rise) and Mary Jane Begin (Willow Buds; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) will follow the screening.

The Providence Children’s Film Festival was founded in 2009 to bring quality independent and international films, animation, and documentaries of interest to young audiences to the Rhode Island community.  This screening reflects the organization’s efforts to expand offerings beyond the annual festival (coming up in February, 2011.).

“The film is an exploration of the art and impact of children’s literature on our kids, our culture, and ourselves. From the first stories we hear told to us to those childhood heroes that stay with us a lifetime, the impact on our culture runs deeper than what we might expect,” says Delaney.

The film features nearly 40 prominent authors and illustrators talking about their work, its genesis and its impact. The number of books in print by the authors in Library of the Early Mind exceeds 240 million. The intended audience is ages 12 and up.

The trailer and other information are available at

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