Readers Wanted


The Chesapeake Public Library System will be holding a local author event at the Central Library on Saturday, October 29th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have local authors on hand to talk about their books, sell and autograph their books, discuss their work and writing process, and speak with any budding author who needs that spark of confidence. Laura Kitchell, author and editor, will give a talk on editors and what they can and can’t do for you at 11:30 am, and Denise Jeffries, Allie Marie, and Kristine Overbrook will discuss traditional publishing vs. self-publishing at 2:00 pm.

The following authors will be attending:

Alanea Alder Nikolas Larum
E. Ayers Andrew Linke
Karl Bogott Cecilie Linke
T.B. Bond Allie Marie
James Boyd Chris Martineau
Michelle Capucci Sophia McGregor
Kathy Collins Frank Monahan
J.D. Cunegan Kristine Overbrook
Dani Jace Ella Rite
Denise Jeffries Brenda Seabrooke
Barry Jordan Jr. Delona Southerland
Laura Kitchell Carolyn Spear
Daniele Lanzarotta

Star Wars Reads Day!


Are you ready for Star Wars Reads Day? Wait… you haven’t heard of it?! Well, tell you about it, I must!

A year ago in a Library far, far away we celebrated Star Wars Reads Day. It is an international celebration of literacy. This is the one event where the Imperial troops and Rebel forces come together for the sake of spreading the intergalactic importance of reading. Come join us at the Russell Memorial Library this Saturday, October 10 from 10 AM-1 PM, as we celebrate the strongest force of the galaxy… literacy.

Check out our schedule of events for the day!

Read, you must!

Children Travel the World Through Library Programs

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Children are experiencing different cultures and customs around the library system this spring and summer. Around April 30, librarians across the nation hold Children’s Day/Book Day or Dia de los ninos and Dia de los libros celebrations. Russell Memorial holds a large program for Children’s Day. This year children at the Central Library heard stories from Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Hawaii, India and South Africa. They played Loteria (Mexican bingo), made maracas and Mexican paper flowers and filled Cascarones (confetti filled eggs) to crack on each other’s heads. Children also experienced the Aboriginal culture in a S.T.E.A.M. class where they saw a real didgeridoo, learned about the Dream time and painted pictures using techniques as old as this ancient culture. If you missed these programs, be sure to  watch for Dia programs in the Spring 2016 edition of The Loop.

For more information about multicultural books, you can go to the National Education Association’s website. For more information about Children’s Day/Book Day, you can contact me,  Jeri Morton, at 410-7164.

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Guest Blog: Reading to Your Child

Guest Blog written by Ali Gilbert


At my daughters 1 week appointment our doctor gave us a book to read to her. This is going to sound terrible, but I remember thinking, “Umm… she is 1 week old, she doesn’t even know how to blink let alone understand a book.” Since then, every milestone appointment we have taken her to she was given a new book. Even though I thought it was a bit silly, my husband and I did (and still do) read these books to her at bed time.

At my daughter’s 12 month appointment, along with a new book, I remember her doctor giving us some good tips about reading. She told us to read to her every day and to read the same few books to her for recognition. So we started reading a barn animal book that was textile – like fur on the chick, and a sponge for the pig’s nose. I was getting really sick of this book when I noticed that my daughter started picking that book up right away when we would sit down to rock. Then she started saying “woof, woof” when we would get to the puppy page. When we get to the page with the pig on it, the story says to “touch your nose to the pig’s nose” and after a while my daughter started doing it before I would even read it. I realized that she was recognizing the pages and understanding what we were reading to her!

Of course, I automatically thought she was simply brilliant. But once I came back from my “Mommy Cloud 9,” I realized that her doctor was correct. She recognized the book because we read it to her over and over again. She really learned from this book and I am excited to share with you that your child can too. Reading is so important for your child. There are a lot of ways you can read to your child even in your busy day, but the best time for us has been in the evenings. Every evening we have the same routine, and though that routine has changed a bit in the past two years, for the most part it is bath, book, rock for one lullaby song, bed. The “book” part of our routine is paying off because she is learning and recognizing.

I suggest reading to your child at least once a day. Watch how excited your child gets about reading once they find how fun it can be. Another fun way to read to your child is by taking him or her to the library. Every library in Chesapeake has a kid’s area where your child can play. While you are there, pick out a few books together to either read there or check out and take home.

Also, getting your child involved in a storytime library classes is a great way to get him or her excited about reading. My daughter loved her “Just One’s” (now called Wonderful Ones) storytime class. She loved dancing, singing and reading! Here are a few pictures of her at her fun class!

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Here are a few fun books that we love reading at our house and you might enjoy reading to your child as well:

Good night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet
Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christflow
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Have fun reading! 🙂

Ali Gilbert


Ali Gilbert is a blogger in the Hampton Roads area. Her blog is called Mom Explores Virginia Beach. She loves giving mommy tips, craft and DIY ideas and helping families find fun things to do with their children.

Shobou Con is Coming!

Greetings Anime Fans!

Shobou Con is right around the corner and the Chesapeake Public Library has a great line-up! Our special guests include Marvin Chevallier, The Barnes Bros., Lovely Hearts Maid Café, Potatoes @ Night, Peggy Miller, ODU Anime Club and the dynamic duo Sharon Tucker and Aaron Stanley. We’re bringing back fan favorites like Candy Sushi and the Cosplay Contest and introducing a variety of fresh panels for con-goers!

Check this out:

*** All panels are free and open to the public. ***
*** Seating is first come, first serve and some panels fill up quickly so plan accordingly! ***

In between sessions stop by and say “Konnichiwa” to our fabulous vendors!

1. Amanda Grey McMillen
2. Anime Mid Atlantic
3. Atlantis Games & Comics
4. Blind Alley Studios
5. Christi-Chan
6. Dynamic Accessories
7. Event Support Solutions
8. Flash Mob Makeup
9. Furrville
10. Hampton Anime Club
11. Hours Upon Hours
12. Ice_Rin000
13. Jeneko in Japan
14. Jinon’s
15. Lovely Heart Maid Café
16. Mini Ink Master
17. MK ME Design LLC
18. Patchwork
19. Phoenix Creations
20. Potatoes @ Night
21. Shlii
22. Treasured Fashions
23. Trilogy

To help you get ready for six solid hours of condensed anime fun, I’ve compiled this helpful checklist. Be sure to bring:

 Walking Shoes
 Camera
 Handheld Console (Optional)
 Cosplay (Bring your favorite anime and manga character to life!)
 Bring Friends (or make a few at Shobou Con!)
 Bag (for flyers, prizes and other kawaii purchases)
 Bottled Water (or other covered drinks.)
 Manga for the Manga Bookswap
 A sense of adventure!

Block off March 28, 2015 and head to Central Library 298 Cedar Road Chesapeake, Virginia 23322 and enjoy six solid hours of condensed fun!

Additional information about Shobou Con.

Don’t forget to join the event on Facebook!