Frankenweek

It’s Frankenweek! This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.

 frankenstein-394281_960_720Boris Karloff, as Frankenstein’s monster

Frankenstein was born on a dark and stormy night: the product of a ghost writing contest in June 1816 when Mary Shelley was 18 years old. In the introduction to the revised 1831 edition, Mary Shelley says the idea for Frankenstein came to her in a dream:


I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy half-vital motion.


She initially published the first version anonymously 1818, which she titled Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. In 1823, her name appeared on the second edition and in 1831 she republished Frankenstein, changing some passages. This is the version that is best known today.

RothwellMaryShelleyRichard Rothwell’s portrait of Mary Shelley, 1840

And, thus, 18-year-old Mary Shelley became the mother of the horror genre as we know it. So well-loved is Shelley’s Frankenstein that many adaptations, revisions, and restagings exist for readers (and viewers!) today. We have a wide variety of Frankenstein-esque options for the whole family at the library. From DVDs (Young Frankenstein, Hotel Transylvania) to non-fiction books (Making the Monster; Mary Shelley: The Strange, True Tale of Frankenstein) to children’s books (Frankenfrog, Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich) to fiction (Pride and Prometheus), and even Graphic Novels (Frankenstein: the Graphic Novel)! Stop by the library this week to see our monsterously good display of Frankenstein and Franken-like books! We will have the display up through Halloween!

Frankenreads is an NEH-funded initiative of the Keats-Shelley Association of America and partners.

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Batman Day is September 17

Saturday, September 17, is officially Batman Day.  Stop by the library for Batman fun, and don’t forget we have all sorts of media — books, DVDs, and comics — featuring the Dark Knight.

Kids’ Stuff:scoobybat

  • Scooby-Doo Meets Batman
  • Poison Ivy’s deadly garden
  • Five riddles for Robin
  • Batman Joker’s wild!
  • Batman, the animated Fire and Ice

Teens’ Stuff:

  • Batman Serialized Comic
  • Batman Li’l Gotham. Volume 1 & 2
  • Superman, Batman: Public Enemies


  Adult Stuff:

  • Justice League
  • New Suicide Squad
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Batman ’66
  • Batman Detective Comics
  • Last night, a superhero saved my life : Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Brad Meltzer, and an all-star roster on the caped crusaders that changed their lives

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DVDs:

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • The Killing Joke
  • Gotham: The Complete First Season

And more!

 

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What’s Happening at the Library

National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month, for those of you who didn’t know. We celebrated here at the library by displaying poetry books for all ages and holding a poetry contest. In this contest you had to use the titles on the spines of books to make up a poem (limit 4-6 books). It went pretty slowly for the first week, but then one morning I was astounded to see my inbox flooded with them. Apparently a local teacher had come across the contest and encouraged her students to enter. The poems were amazing! Ranging from hilarious to dire warnings about the future of our planet.

Our judges were hard pressed to pick just one poem to win. It was impossible. So we decided that instead of just one winner, we’d give prizes to first and second place, as well as two “honorable mentions”. Even then it was hard to choose as everyone had different favorites. But here are the final choices!

First Prize went to “The Triumph of Survival”

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Second Prize went to “The Trouble with Animals”

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Poem: “Pardon?” Said The Giraffe

What Are You Doing In My Bed?

I’m Really Sorry

Animals Do The Strangest Things

And our two “honorable mentions” were:

“Immigration”

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Poem: War, Terrible War

My Chlidhood Under Fire

Into a New Country

Built To Last

“Boys”

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Poem: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Dirt on My Shirt

“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!”

The Blessing of Little Boys

We hope everyone enjoyed the contest! May is National Pet Month, so in honor of that we’re doing “Pets Caught Reading.” Does your beloved companion love to nibble on a good story? Take a picture and send it in for a chance to win a great prize! Look at our event links for instructions.

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