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In honor of our time capsule being opened this September, we're going back in time! We asked our staff to share their favorite time travel books and movies.

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Outlander (1991)

by Diana Gabaldon

This classic follows Claire Randall as she (accidentally) travels back in time to 1743 Scotland, which is just on the brink of war with Britain. While trying to make sense of her situation, she meets Jaime Fraser, a Scottish warrior, and the two are thrown together in a web of lies, deceit and destiny. – Rachel, Access Services


Avengers. Endgame (2019)

by Marvel Studios

This is an epic, fun bookend to the MCU (the less said about the following movies the better). We say goodbye to our most beloved characters who receive fitting conclusions to their arcs. Time travel is a critical component to the plot. — Beth, Access Services

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (2016)

by Shout! Factory

Bill and Ted go back in time in order to get help from historical figures so they can complete their report and pass history class. It's ridiculous fun. It's Keanu Reeves' most moving, layered and nuanced performance. — Beth, Access Services

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is an excellent, fun filled movie following two high school students and their journey into the past and future in their time traveling phone booth (remember those?). Bill and Ted must pass their history class or the utopian future that their future selves create will never be realized. The movie presents historical figures and how they perceive and interact with each other in 1989 San Dimas, California. — Sara, Fiction, Movies & Music


Back to the Future : the Complete Trilogy (2002)

by Universal Studios Home Video

This exceptionally filmed movie stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, maverick scientist Doc Brown. The romcom storyline along with the time travel adventure makes this a must see! — Janet, Fiction, Movies & Music


The Midnight Library (2020)

by Matt Haig

A defeated woman depressed with her life is shown alternate realities through the many books in the Midnight Library. Able only to choose one life that will make her happy, which life will she ultimately choose? — Lauren, Hanover Park Branch


Time Bandits (1997)

by Anchor Bay Entertainment

Time Bandits is a hilarious comedy from a few of the creators of Monty Python. The story revolves around a young man who accidentally gets caught in a plot to steal a map of the holes in time from God. — Joe, Youth Services


13 Going on 30 (2004)

by Revolution Studios

The year is 1987 and Jenna is a 13 yearold girl who's tired of being treated like a child and being bullied by the popular girls at school. On her birthday, she receives a magical gift from her best friend Matty that allows any wish she has to come true! After she wishes to be “30, flirty and thriving”, she awakens in the future to find herself living in New York City at 30-years-old, with all the responsibilities and regrets that have come with reaching that age (and with skipping ahead in time). Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo star in this early 2000s comedy, filled with tons of heart and lots of laughter, reminding you along the way to enjoy each moment as it comes and live in the present. — Monica, Fiction, Movies & Music


A Spoonful of Time (2023)

by Flora Ahn

Main character Maya learns of her Halmonee's secret when Maya shares a meal with her and is suddenly taken back in time to Soel, Korea, when Halmonee was much younger. More and more secrets about Maya's family unfold as she discovers more about their history and abilities. — Abbey, Youth Services


The Carrefour Curse (2023)

by Dianne K Salerni

A middle grade novel that is spooky, haunting and bound to keep you reading late into the night. Garnet uncovers a deep curse that is tearing her family apart. With time travel, magic and gemstones, Garnet must decide if she is meant to be a part of the curse or if she is meant to break it. — Abbey, Youth Services