It’s Frankenweek! This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.
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.
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.
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.
- Scooby-Doo Meets Batman
- Poison Ivy’s deadly garden
- Five riddles for Robin
- Batman Joker’s wild!
- Batman, the animated Fire and Ice
- Batman Serialized Comic
- Batman Li’l Gotham. Volume 1 & 2
- Superman, Batman: Public Enemies
- 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
- Batman Begins
- The Dark Knight
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
- The Killing Joke
- Gotham: The Complete First Season
The Andover Public Library is now offering tween and teen book clubs to patrons of the library. The teen book club meets in the library conference room on the fourth Monday evening of each month from 5:30-7:00pm. The tween book club will meet on the first Monday of every month in the conference room as well at 5:30.
BOOK DISCUSSION DATES
You can copy and print the below information to print off your own form, or get one from the front desk at the library. Please be aware that at this time we are limiting membership in each club to ten people. Because there is only one meeting a month we ask that you be able attend all meetings. Thank you!
Young Adult Book Clubs Sign-Up Form
Date: _____________ Library Card #: ________________ Name: __________________________________
E-Mail Address: _______________________________________________ Phone #: ____________________
Name you want printed on your name tag (first name only): ___________________________
Club you are interested in joining (circle one):
1st Mon. Tween 4th Mon. Teen
Type of material you prefer (circle one):
Regular Print Book Large Print Book Unabridged Audiobook (CD)
Questions, Comments or Concerns: _________________________________________________________________________________________