Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
With the recent death of congressman and civil rights icon, John Lewis, I feel I would be remiss if I did not encourage readers to check out the March graphic novels. March is a series of three graphic novels written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and beautifully illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.
The idea for the March novels was born in 2008 when Lewis told his aide, Andrew Aydin, how a 10 cent comic book influenced him as a young boy. The comic Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story was published in 1957 and introduced the nonviolence resistance methods of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Aydin, an avid fan of graphic novels and comic books, suggested that Lewis write his own graphic novel to inspire and educate a new generation of young people.
Ok, I know am a total nerd, but I need to fangirl for a minute. How awesome is it that a man in his seventies was so inspired by a comic book as a child that he decided to write his own in order to better connect with young people? It only gets better! While promoting the March books at Comic Con John Lewis cosplayed as his younger self and led a group of young fans on their own march through the San Diego Convention Center!
|Left-John Lewis on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965 Right-John Lewis at Comic Con in 2015|
March: Book One begins in Selma, Alabama 1965, with John Lewis and fellow civil rights activists about to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a day later to be infamously known as "Bloody Sunday". The story flashes forward to an adult John Lewis serving as a congressman and preparing to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. When he arrives in his office Lewis encounters a mother and her two children. Lewis graciously takes the time to speak to family and tells them of his humble beginnings in rural Alabama. The third of ten children born to sharecroppers, Lewis originally wanted to be a pastor, but was eventually compelled to attend college and join the civil rights movement.
The trilogy goes on to chronicle Lewis's younger years including his involvement in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), his multiple arrests for "disorderly conduct" and disturbing the peace", the march on Washington (where he was the youngest speaker), and his indefatigable advocacy for voting rights.
In addition to Lewis, the March trilogy gives accounts of other courageous champions of the Civil Rights movement. Household names like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. But also less familiar heroes such as Diane Nash, Jim Lawson, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Bob Moses to name a few.
Lewis, Aydin, and Powell do not shy away from the appalling and heartrending violence that took place during the Civil Rights movement.The horrific lynching of Emmet Till, the Birmingham church bombing, Bloody Sunday, and many more tragic events are painful to read about. Ultimately, though, the March trilogy is an inspiring testament to resilience, perseverance, and faith in America and all of mankind to do and be better today than we were yesterday.
The third March book received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2016 and John Lewis's speech is one that I could watch a million times and it would still bring tears to my eyes.
Like Lewis, I have always loved books and reading. It is hard for me to even comprehend that not that long ago people were denied access to libraries. I am so thankful and humbled that men and women like John Lewis fought for the rights and freedoms of so many others.
If you want to read about the life of Congressman John Lewis following the events in the March trilogy, Run written by Lewis and Aydin and illustrated by Afua Richardson was published in 2018.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- Until further notice, it is mandatory that anyone over the age of 2 that is entering the library must wear a mask properly, no matter the reason they are there, or the amount of time they will be in the building. If you do not have your own mask, we have disposable masks at the circulation desk that are available for anyone that needs a mask. There will be a warning issued if you fail to wear a mask or wear a mask correctly, and after the initial warning, if you still do not want to wear a mask, you will be asked to leave the library. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY IF YOU WISH TO ENTER THE LIBRARY. HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL OTHER OPTIONS TO USE THE LIBRARY IF YOU WISH TO NOT WEAR A MASK.
- If you cannot wear a mask or do not want to wear a mask, there are options for you to still be able to utilize what the library has to offer. We are continuing to offer curbside pickup to anyone who would like to use it. We want everyone to be able to utilize the library however they can, but public safety is our number one priority.
- There is also a new computer policy in place, that states that each patron will be allowed only 30 minutes per day on our computers. This is due to the fact that we had to close down most of our computers to ensure adequate space for social distancing rules. We want everyone to be able to use the computers if they need or want to, so we are putting a time limit for the day on all patrons to ensure that everyone can use a computer if they need to.
Friday, June 5, 2020
I am a BIG fan of old movies. If it's black and white, I'm there. While Kanopy has a lot of newer movies, it also has plenty of old goodies. Let me share a few that perhaps you have overlooked. All with stars you should know, and, if not, it's definitely time you met them.
Meet John Doe starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck
Keep a box of tissues handy for this tearjerker starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
Dial M for Murder A classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly.
The Stranger This thriller stars and is directed by Orson Welles and co-stars Loretta Young and Edward G. Robinson.
Neighbors This hilarious silent film stars Buster Keaton, who does all of his own stunts. I had my kids watch this with me and we all laughed and were amazed by Keaton's abilities.
Some more recent films that I also enjoyed:
Dead Man Walking starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn
This may not be a lighthearted movie, but it is an amazing story.
The Man Who Invented Christmas starring Dan Steven of Downton Abbey Fame.
If you like Charles Dickens, you will enjoy this fictionalized biopic of his inspiration for A Christmas Carol.
I hope you give these movies and Kanopy a try. I love to look at the clothes, furnishings, cars, and basically everything in these movies from a time gone by.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
There are oodles of apps and websites to track the books you read but the easiest and most popular of these is Goodreads. You can create an account, rate and review books, mark ones that you want to read, and set a goal number of books to read for the year. This is nice because if your resolution is just to read more, Goodreads just counts number of books. If you want to read only mysteries or romance novels or horror is your jam it doesn't really matter. Seriously, no judgement. You can read teen books, kids books, graphic novels, whatever gets you reading! I'll let you in on a secret (and I know that some people count this as cheating) but I also count audiobooks. Hey, there are only so many hours in the day and why not listen to a book while I am driving or folding laundry?
Now, if you want to go beyond just number of books and really challenge yourself to not only read but read outside your comfort zone there are a number of 2020 reading challenges available online. You can find one that you like or create one that suits you. Yep, I am a huge book nerd and also pretty low tech so I always set my own goals and keep track in just a spiral bound notebook.
3. A recommendation from my daughter- My oldest is 18 and is in her first year of college so reading something she loved makes me feel closer to her and gives us something to talk about.
4. A recommendation from my oldest son- He is 16 and spends 90% of his time playing video games so I feel like asking him for a recommendation is also encouraging him to read something.
7. A nonfiction book-This is tough for me because I would much rather read fiction, but I always try to read at least one nonfiction book. I feel incredibly accomplished since I have already read a nonfiction book this year: 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg. I started this in December but since I finished in January I think that it counts. If you are not familiar with the largest mass execution in American history I highly recommend this book. It is extremely well-researched and Berg's writing is exceptional. It took me a while to read because I was so emotional while reading this book, but I think that it is incredibly important that we familiarize ourselves with all part of our nation's history, even the ugly parts that we would rather be forgotten.
8. A book off of the New York Times bestseller list- I think I added this because I so rarely read what is popular.
9. A book by a debut author-Like most readers I have a tendency to stick to authors and genres that I know and love so I think that it is important to try something new and unfamiliar.
10. A classic-I was an English Literature major so I have read a lot of classics (some that I would rather forget) but there are so many amazing classic novels that I have not read yet.
11. A book that I loved as a child-I am a chronic re-reader of books, especially ones that made me a lover of books and reading. That is why I think that it is important to revisit some of these treasured favorites. Last year I re-read the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, a classic fantasy series that I first read when I was about ten years old. It was just as good, if not better, reading it as an adult because I understood the language more and I could appreciate the inspiration of Celtic mythology in the series. FYI: I still despise Disney's animated film, The Black Cauldron, which does not really follow that book at all. It more takes bits and pieces of the first two books and puts them together in ways that are just not good. Feel free to hate me for this opinion, but read the books and you will understand my feelings.
12. A book that inspires me-I know that this seems pretty vague, but I want to find a book that inspires me to do and be better. Whether that turns out to be a biography about a historical figure, a parenting book, or something educational I am not sure yet
These 12 books are the only "specific" ones that I want to read in 2020. As far as number of books total, my goal is to read at least 75 books this year. There are already several sitting on my desk just waiting for me.
Big or small, I hope that this post inspires you to set your own reading resolutions for 2020!