Read Local 3: Readers Wanted

Looking for new books and new to you authors? Come to Read Local 3 at the Chesapeake Central Library on Saturday, November 4th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have authors galore just waiting to talk to you about reading, writing, and publishing. The following authors will be attending: Alanea Alder, Allie Marie, Amy Marie, E. Ayers, E.W. Kirk, James Boyd, Jessica Ruddick, Kristine Overbrook, Laura Kitchell, Milton Jones, Nikolas Larum, Tanya Deloach, and Theresa Mackiewicz.

We will have two break-out sessions: the first at 11:30- Alanea Alder will talk about the pros and cons of self-publishing, and the second at 2:30- several of our authors will present a panel on how to get published.

Trying Out Audiobooks

There’s an argument between readers and non-readers alike over whether listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading. My opinion is that though listening does not involve the physical act of looking at words, listening to a book involves the same mental interpretation and imagination as reading a book in your hands. So, yes, I consider audiobook listening to be real reading.

Despite this opinion, I never listened to an audiobook until now. I enjoy the visual aspect of reading, so I never considered doing otherwise. Many have told me to listen to one while driving, but I like listening to music. I did not consider audiobooks until a few weeks ago. Continue reading “Trying Out Audiobooks”

BOB Book Winner 2018 – School Pick

Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

This story details an obscure piece of real history and shows us just how powerful hope and courage are in helping people to survive under difficult circumstances.

During World War II Lida and her sister watch in horror as their Jewish neighbors, forced to wear a yellow star for identification, are all taken away.  Where did they go and why?

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the battle before I decided to see the movie. My friend, a history buff, gave me a crash course before the movie, making me wish I learned more about it in school or elsewhere. The Battle of Dunkirk may have been a military failure for the European Allied Powers, but it still boosted morale for them, and for the British in particular. It’s the turning point in the war before the US joined it. The story had my interest before viewing the movie, and coming out of the movie the interest was exponentially higher; Dunkirk is easily one of the best movies I’ve ever viewed, and much of the public—and critics online—agree.

To be clear, Dunkirk is not something to watch if you need an escape. Expect an intense, stressful movie experience if you do view it. I already love movies, but found myself more engaged during this one than most. My eyes were wide the entire two hours; I rarely looked away from the screen. I didn’t even check my watch, which is a habit for me even during the most entertaining movies. Every few minutes I had to pause, ensure I could still breath, and unclench my jaw or my fists.

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Strange Upcoming Holidays

There are many weird holidays year-round of which the general public is unaware. Some have been popularized over the years by businesses, like Flip Flop Day as promoted by Tropical Smoothie Café, or Talk Like a Pirate Day as promoted by Krispy Kreme. Here are a few upcoming holidays you may not have heard before. (Maybe one of them will become part of a future business promotion…)

August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

  • I was weirded out by this one at first…why does a holiday exist for such a specific task?…but ultimately this one has an interesting backstory. It was a holiday founded in response to a zucchini surplus, to help people get rid of their extra zucchini. These days people who celebrate this holiday probably do it to promote a healthy lifestyle.


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