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Creepy Series for Kids!

  • Posted on: 5 October 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

As we slowly creep into fall and the weather gradually gets cooler and the leaves change, it's the perfect time to dig into some spooky series. Looking for an engaging book for your little ghoul? Look no further than some of these creepy cute series for younger readers! These are perfect series for reluctant or struggling readers as well as those just getting into chapter books. You'll notice that serval of these books feature covers with Scholastic's "Branches" dog-ear that signify it as a beginner chapter book.

Graphic Novels for Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 29 September 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place between September 15th and October 15th every year in the United States and it's a great time to showcase new books featuring Latinx creators and subjects, I've chosen some of my favorites from our graphics collection below, including some new releases!

 

America Vol. 1: The Life & Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera & Joe Quiñones

Batman Day 2021

  • Posted on: 16 September 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Art by Marshall Rogers, Script by Steve Englehart from Batman: Dark Detective, DC Comics, 2005

Batman Day is typically celebrated on the third Saturday in September, which falls on the September 18 this year. The worldwide celebration dates back to 2014 for the 75th anniversary of the character where the first Batman Day was held on July 23rd to coincide with San Diego Comic Con. In honor of the occasion I have complied ten of my favorite stories of the Caped Crusader we currently have available- below you'll find some great stories available in print in our catalog as well as digitally on Hoopla:

2021 Will Eisner Awards

  • Posted on: 28 July 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

It's that time of year again - the biggest award for the comics and graphic novel community is here! Every year in June the nominees are announced with the winners presented at San Diego Comic Con, the largest and most well known comic book convention in North America. Below I've listed the titles we currently have available for checkout currently in our collection along with the categories they were nominated for with the winners highlighted, and you can check out the complete list of nominees on the official website.

It Was Agatha All Along...

  • Posted on: 22 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

By now might have seen WandaVision, or certainly seen the Agatha memes making their rounds on the internet. WandVision is one of the latest installments in the MCU (along with The Falcon & The Winter Soldier) released on the streaming service Disney Plus, taking place after the events of Avengers: End Game and following the Scarlet Witch and featuring some familiar faces and lots of nods to the original source material. Below I've put together a list of some relevant titles available in the catalog and online through Hoopla to further your witchy cravings if you're still looking for more after binging the series:

Teaching Your Kids About Juneteenth

  • Posted on: 17 June 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th and is also called Emancipation Day, Liberation Day, Jubilee Day, or Freedom Day and celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States and originated in Glaveston, Texas on the date in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in the state of Texas. In the 21st century the holiday is celebrated throughout the United States in a variety of ways, I've been together a few of books from our collection to share with your children to learn more about the history behind this holiday:

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

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