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THE HISTORY OF THE CONSANGUINITY FILM PROGRAM

AT THE FAIRHOPE PUBLIC LIBRARY

  

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In the 1990’s, Library Director Betty Suddeth started a quarterly film program, showing mostly older, classic films with a theme:  in the Winter, they watched Westerns; in the Spring, Comedies; Summer was devoted to Musicals; come Fall it was Family Fare.  The programs were mainly for adults, but children were allowed with a parent.  In 2003, Betty changed it to make it a Summer Reading Program for adults, to go along with the children’s programs.  (Hey, why should kids have all the fun?)  Her idea was to use books made into films to tie in with the reading aspect.  She tried to find a name that would indicate what the program was all about.  She loved the word “Consanguinity” because it fit the focus of the        program and because it would encourage people to ask about the word if they weren’t familiar with it.  It means “close affinity or connection.”  

Betty admits the real reason for all of this was because she loved movies so much she wanted the excuse to add many of her beloved films to the library’s “new” collection of videos.  Fortunately, many library patrons loved the films as much as Betty did.  As time passed, she found it fairly easy to find program participants who were willing to share the “backstory” of their favorites with others.  When she retired in 2007, the new director, Ilse Krick, took over the program.  At that time, it was a weekly program for one summer month.  When Ilse left the area in 2009, she asked Peggy Reagan if she would take it over.  Peggy is a former television writer and producer, so the film program was “right up her alley.”  She had been a presenter a number of times, was a devoted library volunteer, and was delighted at the opportunity to help the program expand.  The first year, summer 2010, it became a two-month program.  After Tamara Dean became the director, the program was expanded to three months with Peggy at the helm.     

After all these years, Betty Suddeth is delighted that her program has continued in the same format to this day, and that there are still presenters willing to share their researched backstory with the audience. This year, we are excited that Betty is returning to the program to present A Month by the Lake.  We are hoping that all adult library patrons will mark their calendars for 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1 to welcome Betty Suddeth back once again to the program she started that has become a Fairhope summer tradition.  

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