Staff Recommendation: The Terror

With the upcoming series The Terror scheduled to air on AMC this March, I decided to take a look at the Dan Simmons novel which inspired it. This thriller about sailors stranded in the Arctic ice is based on the true story of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition in the mid-19th century. During an attempt to find and plot the so-called Northwest Passage, a treacherous venture through frozen territory, over one hundred crewmen and two British warships — one of which was HMS Terror — vanished in the ice.

Book cover for Dan Simmons's The Terror

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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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