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Local Athletes Competing in the Summer Olympics

After the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch will be lit once again this year as the rescheduled Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan starting today, Friday, July 23, and run through…

Are You Ready for Shark Week?

Up from the depths and onto your screen, it's... Shark Week ! The Discovery Channel's annual feeding frenzy of shark-related media kicks off its 33rd year with shows featuring comedian Tiffany Haddish ( Tiffany Haddish Does…

May the 4th Be With You!

Today, fans across the world celebrate Star Wars Day ! We were first introduced to George Lucas' Star Wars universe in 1977 (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ) and since then the galactic characters and their fans…

March Monster Madness: Godzilla vs. Kong

Dracula vs. Frankenstein Alien vs. Predator T-800 vs. T-1000 These are just a few of the most over-the-top sci-fi b-movie fight scenes ever filmed, but the main event will finally take place when Godzilla squares off against King Kong…

Recipes and Recommendations for Pi Day!

by Breshay Woods — Culinary Literacy Center Intern What better way to mark the one-year anniversary of life under a global pandemic than with a number that seems to go on forever and can just never seem to come to an end?…

Digital Media Spotlight | MAR10 Day and the World of Video Games

Today, on March 10—or Mar10 , if you will—we celebrate everything about the red-and-blue-suspendered plumber with extraordinary jumping abilities and a knack for exciting adventures— Mario ! Mario has been Nintendo…

Memories of the Golden Age of Hip Hop

I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypotheses Can’t define how I be dropping these mockeries Lyrically perform armed robbery - "Triumph (feat. Cappadonna)" by Wu-Tang Clan, 1997 I am a rap fan.…

Digital Media Spotlight | The Muppets

2021 marks 45 years since The Muppet Show debuted on television and today Disney+ is bringing back all 120 episodes streaming on-demand! As Kermit the Frog would say—arms flailing— "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!" The Muppets…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

Seen any good movies lately? If you've exhausted watching everything on your streaming media platforms of choice, take a look at the National Film Registry 's yearly recommendations and selections to be preserved in the Library…

This Is The Way... to Mandalorian and Star Wars Reads

Space western adventures! Out of this world creatures! And one cute green baby (Yoda)! We're talking about The Mandalorian , the latest installment in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe of characters and stories. The season 2…

Capes Out, Cowls On for Batman Day!

On the third Saturday in September, comic book, superhero, and pop culture fans alike celebrate all things Batman ! And sure, it's a made-up "holiday" , but if Batman Day is at the very least just an excuse to read, watch,…

Bill and Ted Face the Music \m/

If I had to sum up 2020 so far in one word, it would be... bogus . Or, maybe we're just stuck in one of the darkest timelines ? Either way, we could all use some pure escapism right now, and if anything can take you away from all…

Digital Media Spotlight | Shark Week 2020

It's that time of year again... where you'll never know what to expect from... Shark Week ! For the past 32 years, Shark Week has grown from a small, PBS-styled series of documentary programming to a full-blown pop culture…

Digital Media Spotlight: Olympic Memories of the Past

The 2020 Olympic Games were supposed to be starting today in Tokyo, Japan, but the Olympic flame will not be lit this summer . This year's Olympics were postponed back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delayed until July 23 -…

Comic-Con 2020: At-Home and Online!

For the past 50 years(!), fans, writers, illustrators, creators, and sellers of anything and everything comic book-related have convened in sunny San Diego, CA for the foremost pop culture event of the year— Comic-Con ! This July…

New Book to Screen Adaptations from Netflix This July!

Readers are no strangers to having their favorite books and characters adapted for the screen, and Netflix, in particular, is one of the biggest purveyors of bringing those pages to life via digital and streaming media. The following…

Artemis Fowl—from Book to Screen

Today's the day: Artemis Fowl takes the leap from book to screen as Disney+ premiere's the sci-fi-fantasy-world-spy-kid-action-adventure-YA film adaptation! Directed by Kenneth Branagh (yup, that Kenneth Branagh !) and starring…

The Free Library Has Your Ticket for Summer Movie Streaming!

As the unofficial beginning of summer starts this weekend, this is usually when I write a blog post about all the summer movies that are coming to theaters over the next 3 - 4 months... but this year, COVID-19 had other plans... [Cue…

Saturday Morning Cartoons with Hoopla

It's been another long week and with the weekend upon us, hopefully some rest and relaxation are on the agenda. For kids of all ages (and the perpetually young at heart), Saturdays imparticular were once looked forward to as a…

Oscars 2020: from Book Adaptation to Academy Award Nomination!

While this Sunday, February 9, marks the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, it was recently revealed by a Gallup Poll that in 2019— more people went to the library than the movies ! Is it any coincidence that the majority of this…