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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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Visit your local library

While the Ventura College Library is closed until the 17th, your local library is open for business. Here is a little peak at the action going down at some of the local libraries:

  • The Ventura County Library is open, but there will be some changes at the Simi Valley branch, with its decision to change its management. The E.P. Foster branch, which is located in downtown Ventura, will be having free music every second Sunday of the month. Many of the other local libraries are part of the Ventura County Library system; just check the “Locations” drop-down menu for a list of locations and addresses.
  • The Oxnard Public Library is having summer reading programs for teens as well as adults. You can win prizes for reading books!
  • The Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula allows you to learn another language using the Mango software. Check it out!
  • The Camarillo Public Library is having free movie nights on Thursdays.

Have fun!

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