10 Comics in Celebration of 45 Years of Alien
Toledo Library Blog
by Eric S
16h ago
A darker, more gruesome, and, frankly, more pessimistic counterpoint to Star Wars, the first Alien film was released 45 years ago this week to impressive box numbers and somewhat mixed reviews. In the almost five decades since hitting the big screen, Alien’s status has only continued to rise, not only joining the annals of sci-fi and horror movie history—and movie history in general, for that matter. By taking the “final girl” trope as seen in films like Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, subverting it, and transposing it onto a bleak sci-fi setting that is both futuristic and familia ..read more
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From Midnight to Mourning: 25 Dark Books for Goths
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by Amy H
3d ago
World Goth Day is May 22, which is weirdly meaningful even to us goth-adjacent folks who like weirdly dark stuff and that one song by the Cure. This is a crowd who knows how to, well, not party really, but maybe more like loom suggestively in ways most of us can’t pull off? I heard a great quote once about someone who got a little carried away with piercings looking like they fell face-first into a tackle box, and now I can’t un-hear that every time I see over-exuberant facial piercings. So yeah, May 22, fire up that goth playlist, maybe catch up on rewatching Wednesday, and most of all, let ..read more
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15 Books for New Dog Owners
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by Joyce S
3d ago
I don’t know about you, but having a new puppy is like having a child. I remember hitting the books on parenting as a new mom, so here I am again. This time, I also need to prepare my children for life with a new puppy. These are my recommendations to new dog owners out there. Now if I can only get my kiddos to clean up the backyard after the new pup! a kid's guide to dogs dog training guide for kids: how to train your dog or puppy for children, following a beginners s kids and dogs two girls want a puppy i got a new friend a dog wearing shoes the ultimate dog tra ..read more
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10 Incredible Real Life Mysteries
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by Steven N
3d ago
Heists, mysterious places, disappearances, and unexpected discoveries! May is National Mystery Month. Learn about incredible and infamous true events, and the work done to find answers, in these middle-grade nonfiction books. curious cases: true crime for kids the mona lisa vanishes lincoln's grave robbers unsolved case files unsolved case files: jailbreak at alcatraz escape at 10,000 feet amelia lost the mystery of the roanoke colonists where is stonehenge? accidental archaeologists ..read more
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Quack, Quack! 10 Books to Dive Into
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by Chariti L
5d ago
If you love ducks or just like to quack, get ready to ruffle your feathers, we’ve got your back! Check out 10 silly and fun books featuring ducks, those cute quacking, waddling birds. truck full of ducks one cool duck duck! duck, duck, moose one duck stuck the duck who didn't like water lucky duck just ducks i love you just enough ducks run amok ..read more
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Processing Civil War Papers: Who Gets To Tell The Story?
Toledo Library Blog
by Kristen B
5d ago
As a graduate practicum student majoring in archival studies, I was given the opportunity to digitize and describe documents from the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Civil War Papers collection, dated 1861-1865. This collection contains letters, diaries, personal military records, and other miscellaneous papers that have been donated and acquired over the years by the Library’s Local History and Genealogy department. In the time given for my semester I was able to make it through under one-fifth of the records, but within those records was a wealth of information and insight. From a ..read more
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Embracing Alone Time Through Picture Books
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by Heidi Y
1w ago
What does it mean to be “alone?” Home alone, alone at a playground, alone on a beach, being quiet and alone? What happens when we are “alone?” Sometimes there are many benefits to creating alone time. Share with your child some meaningful and important questions. Are there times when it is good to be alone? What does your child imagine it means if something or someone is “away?” How does it feel to be alone in a crowded place? Here are some picture book titles you and your child can share together about the experience of being “alone.” sometimes it's nice to be alone two dogs knu ..read more
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10 Books That Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Ability Awareness
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by Gretchen B
1w ago
Toledo Lucas County Public Library is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage throughout the month of May. The following 10 books honor AAPI heritage from the perspective of ability diversity and mental health. the islands at the end of the world the last leaves falling what my bones know a really awesome mess hurt you where i belong conditions of a heart a time to dance permission to come home year of the tiger ..read more
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Remembering Two Behind-the-Scenes Visionaries Who Reshaped Our Culture
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by Eric P
1w ago
Within two days of each other last week, two toweringly influential figures in American popular culture died. And most people probably wouldn’t recognize either one’s name. Steve Albini, who died on May 7 at the age of 61, was a musician in noisy postpunk bands like Big Black, but the indelible impression he made on American culture came via his role in the sound booth, as the producer and engineer on albums by some of the most iconic alternative rock acts in the industry. And Roger Corman, who died May 9 at the age of 98, was a trailblazing film director and producer who made independent mov ..read more
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Babies Need Words: Playful Language
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by Emily G
1w ago
Help grow strong readers! When adults read books aloud with playful language, they encourage their young listeners to play with the sounds of language too. This play supports language development and phonological awareness. tap tap boom boom roadwork the farmers away! baa! neigh! jazz baby everywhere the cow says "moo!" rhyming dust bunnies so many sounds tap tap bang bang plinka plinka shake shake moo, baa, la la la ..read more
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