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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BOB Book Winner 2018-Mystery


Written like a play in three acts, The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S. Perl follows what happens when Olive and Renaldo kidnap their school’s mascot – a capybara.  These Drama Club members are frustrated with the preferential treatment that athletic programs receive at Farley Middle School.  Holding Cappy -the Capybara– for ransom as a protest seemed like a good idea at first, but soon everything goes wrong.




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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reviewing Looking for Alaska is relevant for two reasons. The first is that John Green has a new book coming out next month called Turtles All the Way Down. [His older books are likely receiving a resurgence in popularity because of Turtles All the Way Down.] It’s also Banned Books Week in the U.S., and Looking for Alaska is a frequently challenged book as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. It made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the book taking the number one spot in 2015.

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Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week across the country. Check out any of our CPL locations for a display in recognition of the holiday!

What is Banned Books Week? It’s a week to celebrate the freedom to read. This year it begins Sept. 24 and ends Sept. 30.

Libraries, schools and more use Banned Books Week as an opportunity to spotlight frequently challenged and/or banned books, and speak out about the dangers of censoring. The Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges in 2016. [That’s 48 more than in 2015.] Reasons for challenging (requesting the removal of a book in a library), and then consequently banning (removing the book from a library), change over the years. Continue reading “Banned Books Week”

BOB Book Winner 2018 – Differing Abilities

 This Kid Can Fly by Aaron Phillip


Because humans are social animals and live in groups, we are taught conformity from an early age.  Nobody wants to stick out and we all strive to blend in. In fact, we often are so concerned about what others think of us that we change our behavior to match those around us even though our opinions may be very different. Here’s the funny thing though – we are all individuals.  So, be yourself!

No one else is YOU, and THAT is your power!

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