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Creator Spotlight: Grant Morrison

  • Posted on: 10 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Creator Spotlight: Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison is a Scottish author and playwright and is known for several fan favorite series for Marvel, DC and European publishers. They are known for their bizarre, psychedelic and counterculture themes and are responsible for breathing new life into a number of obscure characters like Animal Man and the Doom Patrol as well as their own creations like The Invisibles and Zenith. Below are a few of my favorites we have available in our collection:

Biff! Bam! Pow! Marvel Audio Books on Hoopla!

  • Posted on: 27 May 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Can't get enough super-heroes? A great way to bridge the gaps while you're waiting for the next volume of your favorite series is checking out a audiobook featuring some of your favorite costumed characters on Hoopla! Take a look at just a sampling of the great audio adaptions featuring various Marvel characters:

Captain America: The Death of Captain America by Larry Hama, read by Richard Rohan

Graphic Novels for Jewish American Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 14 May 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Jewish American Heritage Month is observed in May and I've selected some of my favorites to showcase, though Jewish American heritage is intrinsically linked with the history of comics stretching back to the Golden Age of Comics and the creation of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and the Silver Age of comics and the rise of Marvel by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, among countless other examples.

Graphic Novels for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 6 May 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

In honor of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month I've put together a few of my favorite titles spotlight characters and creators of Asian and Pacific Islander descent- I even tried to select a good mix of fiction and non-fiction offerings. It's a great opportunity to branch and and try something new and learn about different cultures, mythologies and ways of life and broaden your mind and your own experiences!

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Dungeons & Dragons (& Libraries)

  • Posted on: 14 March 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Before the onset of the pandemic last year, the Downtown Branch had a weekly meeting for teens to hang out and play board games, as well as Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder thanks to our volunteer Dungeon Master. With things as they are, meetings in person have been cancelled since the library has been back to work but the group has still been meeting virtually to continue to hang out and create new adventures! Utilizing Discord voice chat and Roll20 to facilitate our games remotely Wednesdays from 4-6pm, if you have a teen or are a teen interested in joining the group please contact jschafle@hmcpl.org for more information.

What is Dungeons & Dragons?

School of Rock: Picture Books to Introduce Your Kids to Your Favorite Music

  • Posted on: 26 February 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

During the quarantine last year I took the time at home to practice my sewing and stitch one a bunch of band patches to my denim jackets and decided to make it into one of our library guides when I got back, showing how to make your own battle jacket and I even complied some lists of heavy metal and punk inclined reading for our youth, young adult and adult collections (you can find the full guide here). Below I've curated some of my favorite family friendly titles to share with your children to introduce them to some of your favorite genres and artists...though I must admit I am a bit partial to punk and metal:

Picture Books

Winners of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards

  • Posted on: 19 February 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

With the new year, the American Library Association (ALA) has released the 2021 Youth Media Awards which recognizes youth and young adult books for outstanding achievement based on certain criteria, below I've listed the awards winners and when available linked the titles we have currently in the library catalog. For a more in depth look at past and present winners and honorees check out our comprehensive libguide, Award Winning Youth Books.

John Newbery Award

The John Newbery Award is named after an 18th century British bookseller and given annually for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."

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