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Anonymous was a Woman

  • Posted on: 1 March 2022
  • By: Olivia Carroll

 

"I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." – Virginia Woolf

 

This quote from Virginia Woolf is more commonly recognized in its iconic rephrasing, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” But why is that the case?

Simply put: Female writers were often denied the freedom of claiming their own words.

A New Tale as Old as Time

  • Posted on: 26 February 2022
  • By: Olivia Carroll

 

Contemporary Retellings of Fairy Tales

The tale may be old as time, but there are new ways to experience these rhymes! It is in the nature of fairy tales to be retold as time goes on. There are new lessons to teach, new messages to shape and new ways to frame these dearly beloved characters. Contemporary authors have not shied away from this challenge, continuing the longstanding tradition of retelling fairy tales by putting their own spin on classic stories.

Black Authors You Should Know

  • Posted on: 4 February 2022
  • By: Olivia Carroll

 

Literature has always consisted of Black authors. These authors helped to shape literary movements, open the door for other Black authors in their genre to be heard and they made impactful changes in the world around them. However, many are still not well known today. As we enter Black History Month, we invite you to take time to check out some of these impactful Black authors and their contemporaries.

 

Octavia Butler

 

        

2021 Staff Favorites

  • Posted on: 18 January 2022
  • By: Olivia Carroll

 

2021 brought readers all new stories to add to their "To Be Read" lists. Whether a new story or old, we all found a favorite read that we can't wait to share. The HMCPL staff had plenty of favorite books they read throughout 2021 and we wanted to share a few with you!

 

Children’s (Juvenile) Books

 

Don’t Hug Doug written by Carrie Finison Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Books to Read for MLK Jr. Day

  • Posted on: 13 January 2022
  • By: HMCPL Staff

The words “I Have a Dream” are known by many people across the nation and even around the world. While these words are often the first thing many learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., also known as MLK Jr., it is also commonly where their knowledge ends on the civil rights activist. With Martin Luther king Jr. Day approaching on Monday, January 17, it is the perfect time to learn more about the activist and the cause he lived for. Check out our list of MLK Jr. books for all ages!

 

Creator Spotlight: Mike Mignola

  • Posted on: 8 November 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Creator Spotlight: Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola is an American artist and writer most famously known for his work at Dark Horse Publishing where we created the character Hellboy and it's various spin-offs and sister series. Before that he worked for both Marvel and DC as both a penciler and inker on a number of series as well as a cover artist for several Batman issues. Famed comic book creator Alan Moore has described Mignola's style as that of "German expressionism meets Jack Kirby." Below are some of the comics and novels featuring his work both in our catalog and on Hoopla. 

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

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