Captain America: Civil War

So, “Captain America: Civil War” is due to come out in April. Some of you who are keenly interested in the Marvel Comics universe may be quite anxious for this movie to come out. Others may be wondering, “What’s the big whoop?”

The movie is based on a short run of Marvel comics called (you guessed it) “Civil War.” A superhero battle resulting in collateral damage makes the government wonder whether superheroes and mutants should register with the government in an effort to track and control them. This pending legislation pits hero against hero, as this question is raised: what is worth more, safety or freedom of privacy?

This argument is not unlike that which faces the United States on a regular basis. The bombings of 9/11 brought forth a flurry of legislation, intended to keep us safe, yet many felt that we were giving up our freedoms, that which made the United States unique, in the face of fear. The USA PATRIOT Act directly interferes with many of the beliefs that librarians hold dear. For example, we don’t believe in letting others know what books you’ve been checking out, or what you’ve been doing on the public computers. Yet the USA PATRIOT Act dictates that that information be made public, if necessary. I’m sure you can see the conflict here, and how it relates to Captain America.

We’re not asking you to think of libraries when you see this movie (well, librarians will, probably — that’s just the way our minds work). But definitely consider the different arguments that Iron Man and Captain America represent. Safety or freedom? (Oh, and another couple of questions: Tony Stark or Steve Rogers? Black Widow or Scarlet Witch?)

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Comics and Cosplay!

Hey, we’re back! And with news of a fun event being hosted by the E.P. Foster Library, part of the Ventura County Library System.

Foster Con 2016 is the 3rd such event hosted by the library. Foster Con happens on Saturday, February 27th, from 10am to 4pm. Comics, anime, and games vendors will be there to help you out with your geek needs. There will even be people dressed up like characters from the original Star Wars trilogy — come and get your picture taken with them!

Of course, events like this are generally more fun if you’re dressed like Deadpool or your favorite Firefly character, so go ahead and bust out the cosplay outfits!

WHAT: Foster Con 2016

WHEN: Saturday, February 27th, 10am to 4pm

WHERE: E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001

For more information: http://www.vencolibrary.org/news/foster-con-2016

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A Valentine for You

Hello! Here is a little Valentine’s present for you: we will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Go have fun!

While we are closed, enjoy this love poem…

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Welcome back to 2015!

Hello again! I hope that you had a great winter break. Did you get a chance to relax at least a little? Did you do any reading?

One of the things that your faithful correspondent did was do some reading of her own. I checked out three books from the library here, checked out a couple of e-books from the public library, and bought some books from Amazon. If you’re interested, here’s a little summary of what I read, if you are looking for something to read yourself…

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher was a great book, but admittedly a tearjerker. Don’t read this while on public transportation. This book tells the story of a girl who has committed suicide, and mails out a bunch of cassettes to thirteen people, telling them why they are the reasons that she committed suicide. One reader that I know finished this book and told me that it was an amazingly profound book. I tend to agree with her. You won’t let people disappear into themselves again.
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick was another tearjerker. This one is by the author of Silver Linings Notebook. It’s about a boy who, on his 18th birthday, decides to take a gun to school in order to kill his former best friend and then himself. There are strands of hope in this book, if you know where to look for them.
  • Paper Towns by John Green didn’t cause me to weep publicly — what a relief. But it caused me to think about the images of ourselves that we put forth to society, whether through Facebook or in real life. This is about a girl who disappears, and the group of friends who try to figure out the mystery of who she is.This one is being made into a movie

Right now I am reading Cat Girl’s Day Off, about a girl who can talk to cats, who is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a movie that is a take of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Ask me, and I’ll tell you how it is once I finish.

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Winter Break!

Today is the last day of finals! Isn’t that awesome? I’m sure your brains are quite relieved to have a little break from all the schoolwork. Here are a few things to keep in mind (so to speak) while you are catching your breath:

  • The Library will be closed from December 18th to January 11th.
  • The Textbook Lending Library will take place on January 7th, and you can pick up tickets on January 6th. More information here.
  • You can turn in books to the bookdrop down by the flagpole near Telegraph Road.
  • If you are looking for a 1-credit class, one of our librarians is teaching an entirely online class called “Using the Library of the 21st Century.” It’s a late-start class. It’ll help you get a grasp on the weirdnesses of doing research. The CRN is 32496, and it is LIB v01.

That’s it for 2014. Have a great, relaxing, and safe break. See you next year!

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Election Day is Tomorrow!

Are you confused by all of the pamphlets, phone calls, and emails that you’re getting about the election tomorrow? Here are a few resources that can help you out:

  • The Ventura County Star has an Elections section that talks about the candidates, including those for the Community College District: http://www.vcstar.com/elections
  • The League of Women  Voters has a website called Vote411 that tells you your voting place and all about the issues on your ballot: http://www.vote411.org/
  • Votesmart.org is a great place to go for information on the issues: http://votesmart.org/

Don’t forget to do your civic duty tomorrow! As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often!

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New Book Chosen for Next Year’s One Book One Campus

A book has been chosen for 2015’s One Book One Campus read. The title is Always Running: La Vida Loca, by Luis J. Rodriguez. It’s about the author’s experiences in the gang scene in Los Angeles. This is a riveting read, and it has earned the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and many other accolades.

Mr. Rodriguez was just selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He will be writing poems talking about the amazingly vibrant city. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his experiences with the public library.

We are excited to be able to incorporate this powerful book into our college. There will be more information about activities in the coming months.

If you are interested in checking out a copy, it is available in the Main Stacks at HV6439.U7 L77 2005.

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