June 29th, 2015

Do You Want Your Kids to Succeed? Be Sure to Read!

human-725651_640Do you worry that over the summer, your kids will forget what they learned during the school year? We often call it “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.” The best way to combat this is to keep your kids reading throughout the summer. Reading helps them retain vocabulary that they have learned, and helps to sharpen their comprehension skills.

Do you have a picky reader? Do they only want books about superheroes or Greek Gods? Are you not sure about what is age-appropriate for them? Ask a librarian! Our librarians are able to recommend books that they will enjoy throughout the summer. If you are looking for teen or adult reading suggestions, fill out a BookMate form and we will find 8-10 titles that you would enjoy, based on what you have read (and liked) in the past.

And if your kids just don’t enjoy reading, don’t worry! Listening to audiobooks is just as effective as reading. Listening to an audiobook as a family is a great way to the pass the time on a long car ride. When adults listen along, it gives a great chance to apply lessons from the book to your kid’s everyday lives. All the branches of the CCPL have audiobook collections that you can browse through. Even if you can’t make it in to one of the libraries, we have audiobooks that you can check out through our website! eAudiobooks can be downloaded right to your device, tablet, or computer so you can listen to them everywhere, not just in the car.

Our summer reading program is a great way to give kids and teens the incentive to keep reading, and all of the programs the library offers keep them engaged. The program is open to adults, too. In case you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.

What books will you read this summer?

June 22nd, 2015

What’s a Comic Book Worth? Try Three Million Dollars

superman-secret-origin    captain-america   thedoctor

Click the pictures to view the books in the library catalog.


The funny thing about Superman is that he almost didn’t happen. Superman opened the door to the creation of other superheroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, who may have been created at a much later date – if at all.

In the 1930s, if you enjoyed reading adventure or science fiction or fantasy, you’re options were few: essentially pulp magazines filled with short stories by fringe authors. But then two young Jewish kids from New York, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, changed all that when they created Clark Kent, and a publisher called “DC” printed something no one had dared to attempt. “Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound.”

You see, back in the day, comic books were originally just reprints of old newspaper comic strips or “funnies.” No one thought a profit could be turned from printing comic books with all new, original material. That would mean paying artists and writers and, frankly, the newspapers were uninterested. Thus, most strips were comical cartoons for a while, until the first, true superhero hit the stands in Action Comics Issue #1 in 1938, and the reverberation would be felt in both American culture and Global culture for generations.

A copy of that original ten-cent comic was auctioned off in August of 2014 for over 3 million dollars, yes, $3,000,000. Thanks to Superman and other economic/propagandist factors surrounding World War II, the market boomed, and today people the world over instantly recognize dozens of superheroes plastered across our billboards, t-shirts, and big screens.

If you want to know more about this amazing history, I encourage you watch the authoritative History Channel documentary, “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked”, which will be screened on Saturday June 27th at 1:00PM at the North East Branch Library. Featuring Stan Lee, Frank Miller, and Kevin Smith, this documentary explores the history of superheroes in comic books, from the first appearance of Superman to today’s morally-conflicted, violent anti-heroes. For adults, families, and teens (age 11+). This event goes hand-in-hand with CCPL’s Summer Reading theme (Every Hero Has A Story) and will highlight the recent addition of many spectacular Marvel and DC comics to our county-wide Young Adult collection. When you take a break from saving the world and flying through space, don’t forget to borrow some of these great collections from our shelves!

deadpool   godzilla   fivefists   atomicrobo

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