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.

National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Here at the Chesapeake Public Library, we’re ready to put our poet hats on. Want to join in on the fun? There are a couple ways you can do so.

Poetry Contest

Are you a budding poet? Working on your latest masterpiece? Submit to our poetry contest!

The contest is open to grades K through adult. Works can be submitted between now and April 15th at any Chesapeake branch (sorry, no online submissions will be accepted). The winners will be announced on April 30th.

The winners will have their poem published in the library’s Fall publication The Loop.

Rules and submission form can be found here.

Magnetic Poetry Challenge

Want to test your poetry skills on the fly? Stop by any Chesapeake branch, find the magnetic poetry board, and create your poem based on the week’s theme.

April 2nd-8th: Haiku

(A haiku is a poem of 17 syllables: one line of five; one of seven; and one of five)

April 9th-15th: Acrostic

(Acrostic is a type of poem in which certain letters in each line form a word or words; for this challenge we’ll have a specific word ready and you make the poem from its letters)

April 16th-22nd: Free Style

(Free style is just as it implies- a poem not restricted to normal rules of meter and rhyme)

April 23rd-30th: Shakespearean Insult-a-Thon

(Come up with creative insults using our Shakespearean magnetic poetry)

Let staff know when you’ve created your poem and we’ll take a picture to post on our social media.

Get involved this National Poetry Month with the Chesapeake Public Library!