DeweyCon 2019: Palm Beach County Library’s Comic Convention!

Dewey Con

In case you missed it…

During the weekend of Saturday, August 17, 2019, and Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Palm Beach County Library System hosted over 800 members, both young, and young-at-heart, for the library system’s very first comic convention. The aptly titled Dewey Con offered the public a chance to drive Sphero robots around challenging obstacle courses, explore virtual reality via Oculus Rift, and run rousing races of Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch!

Cosmic Times’ Martin Pierro not only discussed the history of comic books in the United States, but also shared tips on publishing in the comic book world! FlamingoCon members visited to teach con-goers how to play new and exciting board games, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provided crafts workshops on Japanese culture, and Nerds Know hosted many an Anime trivia round! Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought Drama Dragon to town to share a gorgeous bilingual story time all about the acceptance of feelings. Hoopla representatives were on hand to show visitors how to access the magnificent world of comics and graphic novels available to users of Hoopla Digital! Tate’s Comics + Toys + More shared a plethora of Free Comic Day comics with adults and kids alike.

In case that were not enough, special thanks to the Everglades Squadron, Darth Vader, Rey, and a myriad of other Star Wars characters for making appearances during weekend festivities!
Over 1,500 comic books and 900 graphic novels were distributed to PBCLS library members during the event, allowing countless enthusiasts to start home libraries of their very own!

If you missed Dewey Con 2019, stay tuned, because we’ll be hosting another comic con event in 2020!

Written by Christina Stone, PBCLS Librarian

Thanksgiving Hoopla!

The Palm Beach County Library System will be closing early November 25 (all branches will be closed by 5 p.m.) and will be closed November 26 and 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. No materials are due on those days, so don’t sweat over the books you already have checked out.

If you’re looking for something to pass the time between parades and football games, you can always log onto the PBCLS homepage to access some of our streaming e-materials.

Hoopla provides access to ebooks (including comics!), audiobooks, streaming movies, and music!

Overdrive has thousands of options for ebooks and audiobooks. See what’s available today!

If you just need some tunes to get you through dinner with the family, try Freegal. You can download up to 5 songs a week for FREE!

We also have a new service called Flipster which provides access to magazines!

Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving weekend, I hope you enjoy yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving

Top Ten Graphic Novels of January 2015

According to Diamond Comic Distributors, the top ten best-selling graphic novels of January 2015 were:

  1. Death of Wolverine HC (Marvel)
  2. Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  3. Saga Vol. 4 TPB (Image)
  4. Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome to Nowhere TPB (Image)
  5. Saga Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  6. Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude TPB (Marvel)
  7. Saga Vol. 3 TPB (Image)
  8. Saga Vol. 2 TPB (Image)
  9. The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye TPB (Image)
  10. Deadpool: The One With Deadpool TPB (Marvel)

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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
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How to place an ILL

Are you looking for a particular book and you can’t find it at any of our libraries? Don’t give up hope just yet! PBCLS offers an Interlibrary Loan service to our members – FOR FREE! Keep reading to find out how to use this fabulous service. Continue reading