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
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and enjoy a snack with new friends. Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.
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
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.
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.
Tue, Oct 07, 5:30 pm
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
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
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.**
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
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- 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
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Read more about banned and challenged books at ALA.org/bbooks.
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!
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.
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”!
As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters this weekend, I thought I would take this opportunity to suggest some classic adventures featuring everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall crawler. The following titles, and many more, can be found in the Palm Beach County Library System.
In the early 2000s, Marvel Comics released a series of comics under the Ultimate banner. These titles were meant to reintroduce and reimagine many classic characters. Arguably the best of the bunch was Ultimate Spider-Man. The series puts Peter Parker back in high school, and in modern times. The origin may be the same, but Brian Michael Bendis does an amazing job taking well-known characters and making them fresh and exciting. This collection compiles the first 13 issues of the series.
J. Michael Straczynski, of Babylon 5 fame, constructs one of the most daring and innovative Spidey tales of all time. In this volume, Peter meets a mysterious, and mystic, stranger named Ezekiel who reveals that perhaps Spider-Man isn’t as unique as he has always thought. This beautifully written and illustrated book sheds new light on Spider-Man’s past, and was an instant classic upon publication.
These collected stories, originally published in the early 70s, showcase what made Spider-Man—and Marvel—so groundbreaking. The events of Death of the Stacys have shaped and impacted Spider-Man’s universe to this day. A must read for any Spidey fan, new or old.
Another classic Spider-Man tale, Kraven’s Last Hunt features one of Spidey’s most dangerous foes: Kraven the Hunter. Kraven has hunted and killed every type of dangerous animal there is, except for Spider-Man. In one of Spider-Man’s darkest tales, Kraven is determined to kill and replace the web-slinger.
The mid to late 80s saw a huge development for Spider-Man as he was introduced to the black symbiote suit, and eventually one of his greatest threats: Venom. This collection tells the origins of Spider-Man’s Black Suit, as well as the instantly and insanely popular Venom. Over the years, Venom’s origins have been altered, but this is still a must read for Spidey fans.
Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley reunite to tell one of the most shocking and daring Spider-Man tales ever. Set in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the story deals with the death of Peter Parker, how the city mourns, and the eventual arrival of a new Spider-Man. This story breaks ground in many ways, and is a staple on many top ten lists.
The renowned and award winning duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale craft a heart-felt and retrospective story unlike any other. Spider-Man: Blue revolves around Peter Parker recounting the early days of his relationship with Gwen Stacy. Loeb and Sale explore one of the elements that make Spider-Man such a unique character: his heart. This beautifully illustrated love story captures all of the appeal of Spider-Man, and is personally one of my favorite graphic novels.