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

200 Years of Frankenstein: This Monstrous Thing

Way back on the first of January, 1818, a slim, but riveting novel about a mad scientist and his monstrous creation was released to the public. It was called Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, and is thought by many to be the first true science fiction novel. By 1823, Mary Wolstencraft Shelley was finally credited as the author, earning her lasting fame and an endless stream of imitators.

Victor Frankenstein and his monster have been adapted into film and television almost as many times as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, iconic cinematic characters that keep Halloween stores stocked and profitable, and Gothic horror fans like me always hunting for more. In honor of Shelley’s contribution to Gothic literature, which turns 200 this year, I decided to look at a remarkable reinvention of the same story: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee.

Book Cover: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Visiting Central Library!

The Chesapeake Public Library has a wonderfully diverse and comprehensive music collection. You can find everything from Estonian indie-rock to a selection of German drinking songs to Japanese heavy metal. If you want to listen to it, you can find it here at the Library.

Along with housing an impressive music collection, we have presented a variety of musical programs over the years. From local school choirs to renowned cello band Rasputina, the Library has played host to multiple musical acts.

This year, we are pleased to welcome nationally-recognized classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. A critically-acclaimed musician, Fletcher has performed to a sold out house at Carnegie Hall, as well as being broadcast on NPR and several other radio and television programs. With a repertoire of various eras of classical music expertly played on the guitar, Fletcher enthralls and entertains audiences all across the country. To learn more about Peter Fletcher, please visit his website here.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:30 – 7:30 at the Central Library as Peter Fletcher brings the sounds of classical guitar to Chesapeake.

Black History Month – February 2018

This year, during Black History Month, Chesapeake residents can find out all about the life of Frederick Douglass – writer, orator and abolitionist.  Presented by Nathan R. Richardson, the program Frederick Douglass Live! will be held at four library branches.

     Greenbrier             Sat Feb 3rd          2:00pm-3:00pm

    South Norfolk       Wed Feb 7th     6:30pm-7:30pm

     Major Hillard        Sat Feb 24th      2:00pm-3:00pm

     Indian River          Wed Feb 28th   6:30pm-7:30pm

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Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: DC Comics Rebirth

January… the time of rebirth. As we prepare to follow through on our New Year resolutions, let’s take a look at something else that went through a rebirth: DC Comics. In 2015, DC Comics rebranded their line as “Rebirth.” It was a reset that kept some of what 2012’s New 52 did, but reverted back to the characters and arcs that we loved and missed. It was a reset that met with much approval.

Where to start?

DC Universe: Rebirth – “A mysterious force ripples across the DC Universe, trying to warn the World’s Greatest Heroes of an impending threat! That force? A returning Wally West! But what has the former Kid Flash seen? And who or what is he running from? It all begins here… The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham – “The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the entire Justice League. But now.. Batman must face his most challenging foe ever–a hero who wants to save Gotham…from the Batman!”

Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman – “After the stunning events of DC REBIRTH, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?”

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies – “After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secret from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!”

Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet – “New Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz debut a new era of emerald greatness, tackling the universe’s toughest beat: Earth. These rookie Lanterns promised to protect others in brightest day or blackest night, but as the “Red Planet” begins to rise, the duo finds themselves confronted with an unimaginable threat from Bleez and the Red Lanterns!”

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice – “A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well … you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West.”

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!