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.

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!

Chesapeake cares | a special Christmas delivery

Holiday cards in front of Christmas tree

Be blessed. You are loved. You are not forgotten. Residents of a local senior living facility heard these and similar words firsthand through a special Christmas delivery orchestrated by Chesapeake Public Library employees, Rhonda Porter and Arlice Mitchell. “I wanted to bring some holiday love and cheer to them so they know they’re not forgotten,” Rhonda said, and came up with a plan that would connect the seniors to their community in a festive and fun way. Over the course of several weeks she set out blank Christmas cards and pens at the checkout station and invited customers to sign them and write messages; then she and Arlice arranged a special visit to the center.

Rhonda sitting at table filled with holiday cards
Rhonda poses with some of the Christmas cards

During their visit, they lead the residents in a sing-along of Christmas favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Away in a Manger,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” some even inspired enough to dance along. Arlice gave out books she had collected and wrapped up like presents. When they handed out the cards, however, some teared up. “I’m going to cherish this,” one resident said as she hugged her card, and some admitted this was the first card they had received this season. All in all, Rhonda and Arlice delivered 35 cards with over 450 signatures and well-wishes from the Deep Creek community—and over 450 reminders that they are indeed not forgotten.

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