MirrorMask: Words to screen.
MirrorMask: Words to screen.

See some books at the Aurora Central Library's Cinema in the Stacks

It's one of those eternal questions: Which was better, the movie or the book? You may find the answer tonight, when Cinema in the Stacks, a monthly literary film series hosted by the Aurora Central Library, kicks off for the summer. For the most part, perhaps because the library is a family kind of place, the films are family-friendly fare, but MirrorMask, which screens at 6 p.m., might be the most adventurous choice.

The brainchild of fantasy/comic book author Neil Gaiman and made in cahoots with the Jim Henson Company, MirrorMask explores the fantabulous inner life of a teen girl who wants not so much to run away with the circus, but to run away from it. Like many Gaiman tales, it's dark and sweet and a little bit scary. Maybe -- at times -- a lot.

Continuing every second Wednesday through September, the series will also screen Rescue Dawn (based on Dieter Dengler's war memoir, and a 2012 Aurora Power of One Book choice), Pride & Prejudice, Charlotte's Web and A River Runs Through It. The setting is casual and the price is right: free; for more information visit the Aurora Library online or call 303-739-7473.

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