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 – New Book Clubs!

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

Teen Book Club 2015
Monday, August 24th – The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Monday, September 28th – TBD
Monday, October 26th – TBD
Tween Book Club 2015
Monday, September 14th – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Monday, October 5th – TBD
Monday, November 2nd – TBD

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:  _________________________________________________________________________________________

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