Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Black Panther

Diverse characters are important in comics, especially as it allows people from all walks of life to see themselves as superheroes. February is Black History Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by talking about the Black Panther. He was one of the first African American superheroes, and his importance cannot be understated. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, T’Challa leads the fictional city of Wakanda as king and protector. Over the course of his comic book career, Black Panther has teamed up with the Avengers, formed his own team, and been involved in the more crazy Marvel Universe adventures.

Check out Black Panther’s adventures with these collections:

Black Panther: The Complete Collection– “T’Challa is the man with the plan when Christopher Priest puts the emphasis on the Wakandan king’s reputation as the ultimate statesman, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. government’s Everett K. Ross. As the Panther investigates a murder in New York, Ross plays devil’s advocate in an encounter with Mephisto, and a new regime seizes control of Wakanda. When the truth behind the coup becomes clear, T’Challa finds himself an enemy of the state–and a major revelation threatens to destroy his relationship with the Avengers.”


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet– “When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!”

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World– “Where next for the Black Panther? Long ago – before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself – there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Thoth. Ptah. Mujaji. Kokou. And Bast, the Panther Goddess. But now, when Wakanda faces turmoil they are silent. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? T’Challa means to find out…”

Black Panther & The Crew– “The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past – and set the stage for a huge story in the near future! Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: They are the streets.”

Celebrate Black History Month with these other graphic novels:

March                   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur        Black History in Its Own Words

Invincible Ironman: Ironheart         Black Vol. 1                    Kindred

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!

Staff Recommendation: The Terror

With the upcoming series The Terror scheduled to air on AMC this March, I decided to take a look at the Dan Simmons novel which inspired it. This thriller about sailors stranded in the Arctic ice is based on the true story of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in the mid-19th century. During an attempt to find and plot the so-called Northwest Passage, a treacherous venture through frozen territory, over one hundred crewmen and two British warships — one of which was HMS Terror — vanished in the ice.

Book cover for Dan Simmons's The Terror

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AARP Tax Aide is coming

papers, receipts, income tax books

Tax season is here and the Chesapeake Public Library will be holding the following AARP Tax Aide sessions starting in February until mid-April:

Russell Memorial Library – (757) 410-7016

2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325

Thursdays and Fridays* from 10 am – 3 pm

South Norfolk Memorial Library – (757) 410-7048

801 Poindexter Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324

Fridays* and Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm

* Except 3/16/18 – the Library is closed for staff in-service training

Please bring with you:

  • A copy of your most recent tax return
  • a valid picture ID
  • social security card for you and your family members
  • all necessary paperwork for 2017

Other free AARP Tax Aide locations in the local area may be found at:

Churchland Library – (757) 686-2538

4934 High St. W, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church – (757) 547-4706

333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library – (757) 385-0150

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Mondays thru Fridays from 10 am – 4pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 5pm

Workforce Development Center – (757) 514-7730

157 N. Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm