The Robert L. F. Sikes Public Library in Crestview is wonderful. It has an amazing collection of books on many different subjects, from technical information to history to science fiction. Whatever one may be looking for is available.
The library also hosts an open microphone night for musicians, writers and poets as well as exhibits of different types, all to enrich our learning.
The exhibit currently on display is "1967: A pivotal year in American film" and displays some film posters from movies made that year. Brian Hughes and his friend Clyde Ponder have graciously put their movie posters on display from now until the end of August.
It is hard to believe that 1967 was 50 years ago, and a big year for movies of all types. Here are a few titles you may have heard of or remember:
•"40 Guns to Apache Pass"
•"Barefoot in the Park"
•"Bonnie and Clyde"
•"Cool Hand Luke"
•"The Dirty Dozen"
•"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
•"Jungle Book" (animated)
•"The Taming of the Shrew"
•"Wait Until Dark"
•"The War Wagon"
•"Thoroughly Modern Millie"
•"You Only Live Twice"
There were many more films that year. Some were memorable, and some were not.
Library patrons can see an interesting variety of film poster types, including rare "three-sheet" posters for "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and the year's Best Picture Oscar winner, "In the Heat of the Night," according to Brian Hughes. There are more film posters exhibited and a plethora of information. He has done a wonderful job with this exhibit.
Dr. David Simmons, Film and Humanities professor at Northwest Florida State College, will give a presentation on the significance of 1967 in American film at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the library, 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview. It promises to be fascinating as well as informative. There will be a reception afterward. I hope to see you there.
Janice Lynn Crose, a former accountant, lives in Crestview with her husband, Jim; her two rescue collies, Shane and Jasmine; and two cats, Kathryn and Prince Valiant.