3rd Grade Movie Night Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Is Part of A Long Tradition

Throughout the year, the Grammar School library hosts movie nights for Grammar School students. Each night is geared towards a different Grammar School grade, with the choices curated by Grammar School librarians Joanna Sonheim and Ingrid Abrams. 

Movie Night is a nearly decade-old tradition. It first started in 2010 as a way to expand library services and to open young students up to other forms of storytelling. “We tend to choose movies that are based on books and that are age-appropriate, as well as movies we genuinely enjoy watching,” Ms. Sondheim explained. Some of the student — and librarian — favorites include the animated films by Hayao Miyazaki,  most famous for his film Spirited Away, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers. “And of course, you can’t go wrong with the Muppets!” Ms. Sondheim exclaimed.

Last Friday, the 3rd Grade enjoyed their turn at movie night with a screening of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. “Gene Wilder is a perfect Willy Wonka and there hasn’t been a 3rd grade class yet that hasn’t loved the film,” Ms. Sondheim said. “Many of these students listened as Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was read aloud to them in 2nd grade, so by the 3rd grade Movie Night the students are familiar with the story.”