Monthly Archives: February 2016

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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