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Library screens 'Finn' movie to youth

Hopes to stir kids to read original work

February 27, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — In honor of Black History Month, the Jacob Edwards Library presented the 1939 film, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," to children on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Sadly, the vast majority of the children left the film, which starred a 19-year-old Mickey Rooney, long before it's ending.

Seven of the nine children that attended the movie drifted in and out of the room, as the subject matter seemed to go over their heads. Five of the children stated that the film was the first black-and-white movie they've seen.

The story teaches many lessons of racial tolerance and morality, one child in attendance did come away from it learning another lesson.

"That kid [Huck] smoked a pipe," said fourth-grader Edwin after the movie. "Kids aren't allowed to smoke pipes."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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