Video Game Update – Final Fantasy X

Hello, my lovelies! I am back with something just a little bit different from what I usually talk about. As most of you probably know, Chesapeake Public Library carries video games in their collections. And a few of those video games are games that I have either played or own. And when I say played, I honestly mean I’ve obsessed over them. Like, they were the background on my computer and phone at one time or another for a LONG time. ANYWAYS — I would love to share with you more than just art and stories from Japan in book format. So I think we should again, start with one of the most popular titles in the U.S. of A today: Final Fantasy! But we will be discussing a specific one, because unless noted by their titles, each Final Fantasy game has a different plot than the previous. So today, I would love to talk about Final Fantasy X! Continue reading “Video Game Update – Final Fantasy X”

Building Worlds and Universes

If you had told me 20 years ago that there would a film that had Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Thor in one film, I would have said that you were dreaming. In fact, I WAS dreaming of just such a movie. In the comic book wasteland that was the mid to late 90’s, a film like this was truly unthinkable. Not only did different characters belong to different movie studios (which is still the case for some franchises today) but few directors were willing to tackle the world of comics.

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Perhaps the best thing that has happened for comic films in the past two decades (and maybe for comics in general) was the bankruptcy of Marvel Comics. This was the impetus that resulted in creation of Marvel Studios and the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading “Building Worlds and Universes”

7 Cities, 1 Book Reading List

If you had to memorize a book to preserve its contents, which book would it be?
If you had to memorize a book to preserve its contents, which book would it be?

7 Cities, 1 Book kicked off this week, and for the inaugural event, the seven cities of Hampton Roads are reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. If you haven’t yet read the book, you should! In a world where firefighters burn books to keep the populace complacent, individuals must memorize books in order to preserve their contents.

Check out this list for more dystopian books like Fahrenheit 451: Continue reading “7 Cities, 1 Book Reading List”

Understanding CPL Call Numbers Part 1

When you think of libraries, you usually think of books. Lots of books. And you wonder how there could be so many housed in one building. And how you can find where one particular book is located. And now there is so much more than books. There are fiction and nonfiction books. Hardcover and paperback books. Small “trade paperback” books. Large print books. Children’s and teenagers’ books. And books on CD. And DVDs. And blu-ray movies. And music CDs. It’s enough to be intimidating to the causal library user.

Well, fear no more. In the next few installments of “Understanding CPL Call Numbers,” I am going to give you a brief thumbnail sketch of the call number system used by CPL (Chesapeake Public Library), which will hopefully take the mystery out of navigating call numbers. In this first installment, though, I am going to spend a little time defining a few terms that will enable the rest of the installments to make more sense. In the installments to follow, I will give you more detail about the letters and numbers as they relate to fiction and nonfiction, children and young adult materials, and audio-visual materials.  With this guide in hand, then, you will be armed with all you need to be able to find any item on any shelf in any Chesapeake Public Library!

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Pop-Up Book + Horror Movie = The Babadook

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Hey, do you like scary movies? If so, I’ve got just the thing to make your skin crawl. The Babadook just hit the shelves at the CPL, and I am so excited to be able to share this film with my fellow booklovin’ horror fans. The Babadook is about a creepy children’s pop-up book. You love books! You love horror movies! Discover the terror when you check out The Babadook at your local library!