Film at Westernport, 1981
Westernport Film Service Used by Many in Area
"Football Follies" and "Football Funnies" are some of the favorite 16mm films Westernport Library patrons check out, according to Pat Welch.
When people requests films for programs, classes, or entertainment at home, Mrs. Welch or head librarian Eleanor Laffey order them. They have two sources: Western Maryland Library and the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.
Usually two weeks' notice is required for the Pratt Library.
"Teachers from as far away as Burlington, Elk Garden, Grantsville and Oakland have used the film service," according to Mrs. Welch.
Dot Rowe of the Westernport Elementary School says it's "commendable" that the service is available in this area.
"I order films in June for the whole next year, planning my curriculum with them in mind," she says. At times, the librarians will suggest to Ms. Rowe that she use a film. She takes them up on the offer.
"I get books to supplement the schoolwork. Recently, they sent me 75 books concerning mice. They're nice enough to pull them off the shelf when asked," said Mrs. Rowe.
For literature and reading, Learning Corporation and McMillan Company make films that are "tops" in Rowe's book. She gets those from the Westernport Library and looks for "child-oriented" material.
Sue Raines, a McCoole Elementary teacher, uses the films from Westernport's Library. "They have more of the Walt Disney type pictures than the Media Center operated by Allegany County's School Board," she noted. "A lot of the films they have available do relate to units of study at McCoole, she said.
Some of the other teachers have borrowed films from her, as have the Westernport teachers when they found out Mrs. Rowe had quality films.
Jim McLucas, Keyser High teacher and Classic Film Seminar sponsor, shows films from the Westernport Library in a 40-minute club period. "As soon as the bell rings, we start the films," comments McLucas, who prefers "Laurel and Hardy" and "Little Rascal" classics to the more serious themes.
"The service at Westernport is phenomenal," says McLucas. "The film quality is tremendous."
The films can be checked out for non-theatrical purposes (meaning you can't charge admission when showing them).
McLucas has had a film club at the school for several years now.
School teachers use the films quite a bit, but residents of the area may borrow a projector overnight, take the film and enjoy the show.
A 16 mm and an 8 mm projector are available.
Forrest Boggs, a Bruce High teacher, looks to the educational aspect of films. He gets National Geographic films covering habitats, which he says are "excellent." Films can help get across conservation and family life subject matter, so Boggs checks those out from Westernport too.
Boggs has checked out films for personal use (summer time enjoyment) and occasionally for program matter for his fellow club members (Tri-Towns Lions Club, etc.).
The 16 mm films have to be ordered. There's a small number of 8 mm films, among the 50 or 60 divided up by the Western Maryland people. Among the branch libraries that provide the film service are Frostburg and LaVale. Teachers from Keyser Primary-Middle use those two branches on occasion, as well as Westernport.
Slides, records and filmstrips are also available (ask the librarian about lending terms).
News-Tribune, Keyser, WV
Westernport Library, through the cooperation of the Western Maryland Library and the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, lends out films. Allen Helmick, left, took two to show at his New Creek home. The Potomac State student is one resident who enjoys the entertainment value of films not being shown in theatres. Teachers from area schools use the film service frequently (see story). Helmick is shown with Pat Welch, right, a worker at the Westernport Library.
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