itsawonderfullife2Ward Bond and Jimmy Stewart in the American classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” screening midday Monday in Middletown.

They say that whenever someone encounters the story of George Bailey and his magical Christmas Eve for the first time, an angel gets his wings, if not a royalty check.

Following a weekend in which the Tower Players at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional presented a fully staged adaptation of this American favorite — and the Stone Church Players of Navesink performed a “radio play” version of same — Middletown Main Library takes it back to the essentials, with a free screening of the 1946 Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” to inaugurate a Monday Movies holiday series for December.

Also in the series: Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (2002) December 12 and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (2003) December 19, all at 2:30pm.

Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown • 2:30pm/ FREE