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"The Public"
Now showing for a limited time at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington.

As librarians, we've been hearing about this movie for some time and we're anxious to see it.  Many people seem surprised to learn that libraries and librarians deal with a wide variety of situations, people and personalities on a daily basis.  This film may well be an eye-opener for preconceived notions of what often goes on in public libraries.  Directed by and starring Emilio Estevez. Rated PG-13.

For information on showtimes and ticket prices click here.

In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.