Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

Once again, I was wandering the stacks looking for something good to read when I happened upon the book, Class Mom. Since I didn’t guide a child through the modern day school system, nor did I remember that my own mother did much more beyond attend a couple of parent-teacher meetings each year, I didn’t think I would be able to relate to this story. Boy, oh, boy, was I wrong!

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The Word on the Street

Photo of library stacks in heart shapeOur customers have a lot to say about their library–so much that we can’t keep it to ourselves! Read on to find out what the library means to one customer…

My Library is a quiet place,

To read and think and ponder.

My Library is a place that takes me other places,

Here and there and yonder.

My Library is full of kings and queens and castles in distant lands

And all those things I can hold, in either of my hands.

My Library is full of mystery, love and romance

But also helps me fix my car, and shows me how to sew my pants.

My Library contains a billion words upon a million pages

Something for everyone to read, no matter what their ages.

My Library is there come rain or shine, in darkened sky, or blue,

There’s always something new to see, or hear or do.

My Library isn’t just for me, it’s also there for you.

-“Love My Library” 2018 submission

Thank you for all your kind words and for the opportunity to serve you every day.

Free Comic Book Day Spotlight- Manga

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Like our American comic books, manga encompasses a wide range of genres and demographics. Two of the most popular are shonen and shojo. Shonen manga is aimed at teenage boys and is generally characterized by action with a male protagonist. Shojo manga is aimed at teenage girls and generally has a focus on romantic relationships and emotions. As with any story, the complexity is determined by the author.

In recent years, manga’s popularity in the United States has exploded. Check out some of the more popular series below.

          

Attack on Titan                           Black Clover                               Bleach

          

Dragon Ball                                Fullmetal Alchemist                    InuYasha

          

Magi                                         My Hero Academia                       Naruto

One Piece

          

Fruits Basket                              Fushigi Yugi                                  Horimiya

          

Kamisama Kiss                Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You)       My Little Monster

         

Nisekoi = False Love             Ouran High School Host Club           Sailor Moon

         

Akira                                       Assassination Classroom                   Erased

         

Ghost in the Shell                    Princess Jellyfish                            Tokyo Ghoul

Is your favorite manga not listed? Let us know about it in the comments!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

FantaSci 2018 – Vendor Application Now Live

Get ready! FantaSci 2018 is almost here! And this year, we’re making it bigger and better than ever. Chesapeake Public Library’s annual con which celebrates everything fantasy and science fiction related is now two days:

  • Saturday, July 28th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 29th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We’re also pleased to announce that this year we are partnering up with Tidewater Alliance to bring you a GalacticCon track!

Want to get in on the fun? Sign up to be a vendor! Our application is now live:

http://bit.ly/fantasci2018

Space is limited so sign up today.

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No Time to Read Book Club

Calling all poetry lovers!

What is your favorite poem?  Your favorite poet?  Is there a poem you remember having to recite when you were in school? Although I am sure there were others, the one that sticks out in my memory was How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Are there any poems you can still recite from memory?

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the No Time to Read Book Club will feature audio selections from The Classic Hundred Poems: All Time Favorites.

Join us as we listen to some of the poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. But we are not limiting it to just Americans; come and listen to the works of other famous poets including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, and William Wordsworth.

You’ll also learn a little something about each poet.

If you like, bring your favorite quiet time activity to work on while you listen.  You can knit, crochet, color, and even balance your checkbook. Of course, you can always just sit and listen.

We will have a short discussion following the readings.  Participation in the discussion is purely optional!

In closing, I will leave you with one of the poems we will listen to that day.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Major Hillard Library