February Programming Highlights

Acreage Branch

Wed, Feb 04, 6:30 pm
Japanese Animation & Culture Club
Hang out, watch anime, and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fans about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Ages 12-17. (90 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Wed, Feb 25, 6:00 pm
Frosted Notes
Rave or trash the current book, graphic novel or manga you’re reading and share it while making ice cream sundaes or root beer floats. Join your friends or make new ones! Grades 6-12. Limit 15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

Sat, Feb 21, 11:00 am
Club Anime
Interested in anime? Already a fan or curious to know what it’s all about? Join us for old and new
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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

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The Wolverine is in Theaters this Weekend!!

So, it’s time to go back and rewatch all of the X-men Films.

In the meantime, I thought I’d recommend a few of my favorite Wolverine stories.

First up is The original Wolverine four issue mini series. From what I understand, this mini was supposed to be one of the main influences of the new film. And, at least on the surface, it seems to be. Wolverine versus a bunch of ninjas for the woman he loves.

Wolverine was a character created with little more than a cool looking costume and a mysterious background. This was one of the first stories to really try and fill in that background and make him more than just a bad attitude and claws.

  One of my favorite Wolverine stories is Old Man Logan. In a post-apocalyptic, dystopic future United States, Wolverine must drive cross country in the Spider-buggy with a blind Hawkeye for a sidekick.

A truly over the top action story, Logan has to deal with the Inbred Hulk family, Venom as a t-rex and a truly evil President Captain America.

There’s simply no other comic like it.

Finally, Wolverine and the X-men. This brings Wolverine up to how he is now in the comic books. This is a bit mired in continuity so allow me to get you up to speed.

Prior to this book, Cyclops has pretty much given up on Professor X’s ideal of mutants and humans coexisting. Instead of he just wants mutants to be able to live in peace. So he takes all of the mutants to a flying island and trains them to be soldiers and ready for war.

Wolverine disagrees with teaching the kids to be soldiers, instead wanting them to retain some of their innocents. So, he and a few other X-men go back to New York and start a new school: The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Wolverine and the X-men is the story of that school and those students.

This is an excellent collection with great artwork; interesting, unique characters; and a truly fun story.  This is a Wolverine that has grown far from the berserker he was in that first four issue mini and shows how much he has evolved as a character.

So after the theater, stop by your local library and check out some of the history, and future, of Wolverine.

Then come back and let me know what you thought of it. And if you’ve already read these, what’s your favorite Wolverine story? I’m sure I’ve missed a couple good ones.

June Events @ PBCLS

Here are some highlights of upcoming June programs. Be sure to check our
events page
for other exciting programs.

Acreage Branch

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30 pm
Anime Origins
Enjoy Japanese snacks, check out the latest Anime, and talk about the Manga that inspired it. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Jun 12, 7:00 pm
Bonsai: Art & Science
Mike Cartrett, from the Bonsai Society of the Palm Beaches, will discuss keeping and styling these plants and show miniature trees. (60 min.) Preregister.

Tue, Jun 25, 6:30 pm
Club Pokémon
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards and get ready to battle, trade, and make new friends. Ages 6-12. (60 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Sat, Jun 15, 11:00 am
Anime Club
Watch the latest Anime title, enjoy a special snack and learn about Japanese culture. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Sat, Jun 29, 11:00 am
Star Wars Origami
Become a Super-Folder and create your own Origami Yoda from the wildly famous book series by Todd Angleberger. Ages 8-12. (45 min.) Preregister.

Greenacres Branch

Mon, Jun 10, 17 & 24, 6:00 pm
Club Anime
Bring a friend and learn about Japanese culture, watch Anime episodes, and make Manga crafts. Snacks provided. Ages 12-15. (60 min.) Preregister.

Hagan Ranch Road Branch

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00 pm
Anime/Manga Club
Talk about all things Manga and Anime, enjoy Manga-related crafts, and watch Anime episodes. Snacks provided. Ages 11-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Okeechobee Branch

Sat, Jun 15, 10:30 am
Family Origami
Paper folding fun for the whole family. Ages 7 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00 pm
Friday Afternoon Movie & Trivia
“Steamboy.” Watch a movie while you play trivia! Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) ©TriStar Pictures. (107 min.) Preregister. PG-13

Sat, Jun 22, 3:00 pm
Anime Club
Watch Anime, eat Pocky, and check out our newest Manga titles. Snacks provided. Ages12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Wellington Branch

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00 pm
Anime Grab Bag
View new Anime titles. Snacks provided. Ages12-17. Limit 25. (45 min.) First-come, first-served.

***In case you missed it in theaters, PBCLS is providing you with THREE chances to view The “Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in June.***

Greenacres Branch

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00 pm
Adult Summer Reading Program – Week 1: Journeys
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” ©New Line Cinema. (169 min.) Preregister. PG-13

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00 pm
Thursday Movie Matinee
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” ©New Line Cinema. (169 min.) Preregister. PG-13

West Boca Branch

Sat, Jun 29, 1:30 pm
Teen Movie
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” ©New Line Cinema. (169 min.) PG-13. Grades 6 & up.

Iron Man 3

Iron Man etc. belong to Marvel and who ever else actually owns the rights (i.e. not PBCLS)

Iron Man etc. belong to Marvel, Disney and who ever else actually owns the rights (i.e. not PBCLS)

Iron Man 3 hit theaters this weekend and has received mixed reviews. Critics LOVE it (and so do I) but some die-hard fans are disappointed by some major changes (no spoilers, I promise). I recommend catching it in 3-D IMAX, if you have the opportunity. The action is thrilling and the plot’s not bad either.

There’s still time to rewatch the first two movies before you enjoy the third. The Avengers movie comes up on the search for “Iron Man” and “Robert Downey Jr.”. Take it as a sign to watch that movie, too – it’s relevant to Iron Man 3. Pick up your copies at your local library branch or place holds on them today so you can have them before the weekend. You won’t regret it*.

*Disclaimer: If you have school finals this month, please study for them before starting your amazing Marvel Movie Marathon. The library encourages the use of study rooms and reference materials as well as reading, in general, and graduating this semester.

Manga (and More) May

I can’t believe April is already over! It’s time again for our monthly program listing. Follow the jump link for a list of programs relevant to your interests. Don’t forget to check out our other fabulous programs offered throughout the county.

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