November 14th, 2016

Harry Potter

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I grew up with Harry Potter. I was enduring adolescence with the reassurance that at least there would always be a Harry Potter book (or movie) to look forward to. When Harry Potter was going through his adolescent angst, I was right there with him. I can’t say I really understood what it was like defeating a Dark Lord, but I’d like to think SATs and college applications were equally draining. And then it was over. I’m sure everyone remembers–or knows someone–who went through the “post-Potter depression” that occurred after the last book.

But my generation isn’t the only one who grew up with Harry Potter. I see young kids picking up the first book for the first time, older couples grabbing the audiobook for a road trip– people are still growing up with the Boy Who Lived, and it’s as popular as ever.

Some fans are annoyed that JK Rowling is still writing about Harry Potter and didn’t like the Cursed Child script that came out last summer. These fans want the series to be crystallized in memory as being just the seven books. But I embrace it. How could I not be thrilled to be once again immersed in the Harry Potter universe? I know it will never be like the original seven books, but I look forward to the new movies and the spin-offs.

To celebrate the film release of “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them,” based on JK Rowling’s book of the same title, CCPL is hosting events in November! On Wednesday, November 16th, the Elkton Central Library is hosting two off-site events. Dr. Bernard McKenna, a University of Delaware professor, will give a talk on “Spellcasting in Harry Potter” at 6 pm. After the talk, there will be a Harry Potter Trivia game. Both events will take place at Minihane’s in downtown Elkton.

 

For the teen crowd, come to Potter-Con! Make a wand, play quidditch, have some butterbeer. Costumes are definitely encouraged. Potter-Con will take place at Elkton Central Library on Nov. 17th, 4-6pm, and at Chesapeake City Branch Library on Nov. 29th, 4-6pm.

If you can’t make it to any of the events, stop by your nearest CCPL branch and pick up a Harry Potter DVD, book, or audiobook to remind yourself of why it’s one of the bestselling series of all time.


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October 24th, 2016

Literary Halloween Costumes (on a budget)

I always, always, always wait until the last minute when it comes to Halloween costumes. It crosses my mind briefly in early September, but I wave it away, thinking I have plenty of time. Then the week before I’m scrambling to find anything that would look decent.

If you’re the same way, struggling to think of a smart, interesting, and affordable costume, look no further! We’ve got a few costumes sure to please any bookworm.

1. Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
Who wouldn’t want to be the tough Lisbeth Salander? If you’ve ever read the books (or watched the movie), you know her look is recognizable. All you need is to wear all black, combat boots, some clip on jewelry and of course… the tattoo. Either use a temporary tattoo or find someone artistic to draw it on your back. Voila! You are the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

2. Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Love Harry Potter, but want to stand out from all the Hermiones and Rons? What about trying everyone’s favorite ghost who haunts bathrooms: Moaning Myrtle! Get a school uniform or robe, glasses, and hang a (clean) toilet seat around your neck. For an extra touch, put some “teardrops” down your cheek.

3. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is more than an Ernest Hemingway classic: it’s a perfect couple’s costume! If you don’t want to go all out with stage make-up, all you need is a cane to become the old man. If you’re the sea, wear all blue and tape paper fish to yourself, or if you’re really low-maintenance, get a blue shirt and write “C” in the middle.

4. “For Dummies” series
Everyone knows the iconic “For Dummies” series. Wear a yellow hat, a black shirt with “Halloween for dummies” and then yellow pants. Come prepared with a history of Halloween spiel, and tips on how to make the party you’re attending even better. Warning: you might get kicked out for being a know-it-all.

5. The Mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff
If you’re looking for a children’s costume, consider the iconic “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book. Attach mouse ears (which you can make from cardboard or construction paper) to a headband, give them some whiskers, and have them carry around a huge cookie–either printed out, or make a stuffed cookie. Your kid will be the cutest one on the block.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, stop by your local CCPL branch and get re-introduced to some to your favorite books or find new ones. CCPL library staff offers expert recommendations either in-person or through our BookMate service which is available for teen as well as adult readers. With BookMate, you fill out a short survey and then one of our librarians will match you with 4-6 new titles. One of them could contain your next favorite character… or Halloween costume! We hope to see you soon!


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