• By Michael Ackerman
  • Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Documentary Screening: Brooklyn Castle

Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm at the Clemmons Branch Library

Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 junior high school fits one inner-city stereotype—a majority of its students come from below-the-poverty-line families. All other expectations should be checked at the door. Beginning in 2000, I.S. 318 expanded its small chess program and began competing in national tournaments. The results have been stunning: more than 30 national chess titles, including, in 2012, the U.S. High School National Championship, a first for a junior high. Brooklyn Castle goes behind the scenes to reveal the inspirational effect of the chess team’s success on the entire student body. In achieving the improbable, the “chess nuts” of I.S. 318 are expanding the possibilities for themselves and for disadvantaged students like them.

All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served and we're going to raffle off a chess set to one lucky audience member! This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS (www.pbs.org/pov).