The Reel to Real program helps libraries host public screenings of PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussions with local experts. The program is a partnership of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA).
Libraries can choose from films addressing a wide range of topics, including race & diversity, social justice, health care, history, the arts, education and civic engagement.
To find out how your library can participate, contact Lynne Blinkenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-265-6331.
Reel to Real events are designed to meet core community needs. The screenings successfully bridge the gap between viewing a film and creating community dialogue and action. We have discovered that participation in these events can have powerful effects on public dialogue, participation and involvement. Simply put, Reel to Real seeks to turn viewers into doers.
These topics resonate in communities throughout Wisconsin, and they get people talking. Get them talking in your library — with Reel to Real.
Since the program's inception, more than 75 libraries have participated. You can check the schedule of upcoming events, and here are a few examples of Reel-to-Real community screenings happening this summer:
- "Freedom Riders", Beloit Public Library, Monday, June 27, 6:30 pm
- "Botany of Desire", Community Room of the Viroqua Area Medical Office Building, sponsored by McIntosh Public Library, Thursday, June 23, 5:30 pm
Sources & resources:
- "Reel to Real Showings Available for Libraries of All Types"; WLA E-News [Wisconsin Library Association]; volume X, issue 11; June 22, 2011
- WPT | Community Outreach | Reel to Real
- "Reel to Real: Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories", Stuffed Fish News [Wisconsin Genealogy & Local History Roundtable]; volume 12, number 1; Spring 2010
- Reel to Real Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories Discussion Guide: Introduction and Guidelines, Segment Guide and Booklist