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TPiB: 2014 Summer Reading Movies

If you are like me, spring break has already passed and you are frantically trying to fill out your summer reading planning. Part of the problem is that you don’t know when school is going to end exactly- while here in Texas we’re less apt to have to stretch the school calendar, others I know are having to make plans for their public library summer reading programs to be almost halved due to snow days…. Another part of the problem is lack of funding, lack of staff, and lack of money.

However, one thing that can always bring in a crowd here during a hot summer afternoon is a movie! We pay annual for a public performance license, which allows us to show movies from certain studios as long as we don’t charge a fee. We take a projector, blow it up large on the wall, set up chairs and large speakers, dim the lights, and roll the DVD. I tend to tie in crafts with mine, just because all of my tweens and teens love to do crafty things and never seem to have the time in school or the materials at home.

If you’re following the Collaborative Summer Reading Program this year (general theme science), follow the break for a huge list of movies that will fit in with the theme!

Note: I’ve put the rating after the title, and the science themes it would generally fit in parenthesis afterwards to work with a tie-in if you’re doing themed weeks as specialists often do. If you work with others in your system, definitely think about working out a rotation schedule so that you have the same movies playing at each location but on different days- that way, a teen who is on vacation on week 1 would have another chance to see the movie on another week, and you and your partners would only have to come up with half (or less) as many crafts!

WarGames  PG (computer science, war science, political science)
Hackers  PG-13 (computer science, political science)
Ender’s Game  PG-13  (war science, political science, computer science)
Marvel’s The Avengers series  PG-13 (alien science, physics, bioengineering, superhero science)  In viewing order
  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor The Dark World

The Amazing Spider-Man  PG-13 (bioengineering, physics, chemistry)
Weird Science  PG-13 (computer science, bioengineering)
Jurassic Park  PG-13 (paleontology, genetics)
October Sky  PG (aeronautics and aerospace)
Apollo 13  PG-13 (aeronautics and aerospace)
Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  PG-13 (criminology)
Arachnophobia  PG-13 (entomology)
Contagion  PG-13 (virology)
World War X R (virology)
Back to the Future Trilogy PG  (time travel)
James Bond Series PG-13 (criminology, espionage)
Despicable Me & Despicable Me 2  PG (espionage)
Megamind PG (alien, superheroes)
Serenity  PG-13  (aliens, space travel, mutants)
Harry Potter series  PG & PG-13 (magic)
Man of Steel  PG-13 (superheroes)
Mission to Mars PG (space travel)
Gravity  PG-13  (space travel)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers  PG (but with nudity) (alien tech)
 What other movies can you think of? Share in the comments!


  1. Anonymous says

    I'll probably be showing A. I., PG-13 (robotics/artificial intelligence) since we're doing a robotics program.

  2. Very cool, and one I didn't think about! I'll have to add it to the list! Also, I, Robot (robotics, androids), and I am Legend (pathogens) …

  3. Young Sherlock Holmes is good, too.

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