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Rat Queens: Volume one, Sass and Sorcery

rat queens vol1Do you like action? Do you like monsters? Do you like kick-ass women fighting monsters? Then this is the book for you!

This ongoing comic series from Image blends action and humor to create a fantastical adventure. A rag-tag band of warriors are sent on a seemingly mundane task when they are set upon by a fearsome assassin and ambushed by trolls. They make their way back to town only to discover the other mercenaries from their town were also targeted. Now they must unravel this conspiracy to discover who wants them all dead and why.

Kurtis Wiebe does a good job writing believeable, diverse, and strong female characters. Roc Upchurch’s art is clean and fun. I especially enjoyed the little extras like how the “continued in the next issue” blurb was written as if the characters were in a game of D&D. The language used seems rather modern even though the setting is “medieval”, but it doesn’t take away from the story. I’m looking forward to the next installment in trade, but if you can’t wait you can pick up the next issues from your local comic book shop (volume 1 includes issues 1-5). This is definitely a story I will continue to enjoy.

It was announced in June that the series has been picked up by Pukeko Pictures to be adapted into an animated TV series. No news yet on exactly when we will see our darlings on the “medium screen”. In the meantime, check out Rat Queens volume 1 available from your local library.

11.24.2014 Posted by | Comics, graphic novel | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

October Events

Acreage Branch

Wed, Oct 15, 6:00 pm
Japanese Anime & Culture Club
Celebrate the ancestor festival of Obon with anime and snacks! Chat with friends and fans about cool holiday traditions from Japan. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Wed, Oct 29, 6:30 pm
Club Pokémon
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and enjoy a snack with new friends. Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch

Tue, Oct 07, 5:30 pm
Magic Gaming Night
Looking for a place to play Magic: The Gathering? Magic Gaming Night is intended to give adults a place to come play and meet other players for a regularly scheduled monthly event. The meetings will be non-DCI-sanctioned, and all casual formats are welcome … bring your own decks! (2 hr.)

Lantana Road Branch

Sat, Oct 04, 2:00 pm
Anime/Manga Club
Do you enjoy reading manga and watching anime? If so, join us as we watch anime episodes and do a variety of crafts and activities. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Main Library

Tue, Oct 21, 6:00 pm
Craft Night: Origami Tulips
Experienced crafter Kelly Handy will show you how to turn simple squares of paper into a beautiful origami tulip. All materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wellington Branch

Tue, Oct 07, 5:30 pm
Pokémon League
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade and make new friends. Ages 8 & up. Limit 25. (60 min.)

Wed, Oct 22, 6:00 pm
Teen Takeover
A night for teens only! Enjoy Yu-Gi-Oh, anime, Wii games and more. Bring a friend or make new ones. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library. Ages 12-17. Limit 30. (90 min.)

West Boca Branch

Sat, Oct 18, 3:00 pm
Teen Origami
Create colorful objects and animals using the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Grades 6-12. (60 min.) Preregister.

Check out the Happenings for spookier, Halloween themed events.

**Branch addresses and phone numbers are listed in the back of the Happenings.**

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09.29.2014 Posted by | anime, Anime Club, manga, Program | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Banned Books Week

This week (Sept 21st-27th) is celebrated as Banned Books Week. Libraries across the nation are recognizing their patrons’ freedom to read whatever you want, regardless of controversies surrounding certain titles.

Celebrate the freedom to read with these activities:

  • Read a thought-provoking book, e-book, magazine or newspaper.
  • Take a child to story time at the library.
  • Join a lively book discussion at the library or in the community.


Top 10 Challenged Books for 2013

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Read more about banned and challenged books at ALA.org/bbooks.

09.23.2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Animal Academy =^.^=

Neko Fukuta (Fune) is not a bright student and fails almost all of her entrance exams. She manages to (accidentally) get accepted to the Morimori Academy – a school for magical animals who can take human form. Here she is top of her class and makes many friends. The only downside is she must keep her human identity a secret – or be kicked out of school! Animal Academy is an adorable manga by Moyamu Fujino (TokyoPop). Check it out here!

09.23.2014 Posted by | graphic novel, manga | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Movie

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been in theaters for two weeks and has already grossed $181,859,666 domestically. This surprise hit is definitely worth catching in theaters and, if you can, in IMAX 3-D.

Marvel has really hit it out of the ballpark with GotG. The whole team is featured: Star Lord (Peter Quill), Gamora (a great warrior), Drax (The Destroyer), Rocket (a genetically engineered walking, talking raccoon), and Groot (a giant, talking tree creature). The creative team and cast have done a remarkable job depicting the characters almost exactly how they are in the comics. So far, I haven’t heard any negative reviews (or even nit-picking on the net) for this action-packed adventure.

GotG Trailer

The best news this week: Hot Toys is creating a dancing Groot toy based off the end credits scene! Although, it’s only available to those who order the Rocket Raccoon and Groot figure set, but it’s a step in the right direction. Honestly, from a marketing standpoint, I can’t BELIEVE they didn’t already have a million of those made for the movie release. Where are their focus groups?!

Aaaanyway… If you loved the movie as much as I did and crave some more from your new favorite characters, swing by your local library and pick up the Marvel NOW Guardians of the Galaxy trade “Cosmic Avengers”!

08.13.2014 Posted by | Comics, graphic novel, Movie | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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