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Ojai Library's Marshmallow Mega-build

                 

MARSHMALLOWS AND MORE MARSHMALLOWS!

But they are not just for eating anymore.

Can you build a house, a space ship, an animal?

Bring your imagination and your building skills Friday August 2nd, 11am.

to Ojai Library

For more information call Julie at 646-1639

Local Author Tim Pompey Reads From His New Book Nightfly

Nightfly

The story of Brandon Reese,
a Ventura High School student with a secret life.

Geek by day, bird by night, Brandon risks his life
for the girl he loves.

Tim Pompey is a news writer and poet.  He  was awarded the Still Waters Press Winter Poetry Award 2000 for his chapbook,
Getting Through the Fog.

Join us at Ojai Library on Saturday, August 10 at 1pm
to hear more about Brandon Reese and his amazing story. 
For more information call 646-1639.

The Hidden Treasures of Korean Art and Modern Korea

Please join us at Foster Library on August 2nd at 7:00 pm as we explore a different and fascinating culture.

Two documentary films focusing on Korea will be shown. The first film illustrates the artistic and cultural achievements of Korea's past, and the second shows Korea's industrial achievements since the Korean War.

A reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding will follow the screening. 

RSVP is preferred, please call 641-4414.

Fillmore Library hosts the Swazzle Puppets

Fillmore Library Presents:
Swazzle Puppets and “The Grasshopper and the Ant”.

This event takes place Friday, July 19th at 3pm at Fillmore Library.

A story for all ages!

In “The Grasshopper and the Ants”, young audiences will be introduced to a classic story and laugh along with the fun-loving Grasshopper as he learns the value of dedication and handwork.

This program is sponsored by the Fillmore Friends of the Library.

Anime Expo

While most people were having barbecues and waiting for fireworks on July 4th, I was attending the Anime Expo at the L.A. Convention Center. What is Anime Expo, you ask? Well, it’s a 4-day event, the largest convention of its kind in the U.S. To quote the website (www.anime-expo.org), “Popular large events include the Masquerade, Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, Battle of the Bands, and the AX Fashion Show. Anime Expo is a 24-hour convention that offers late-night dances, all night video programming, tabletop gaming rooms, and open-mic Karaoke in the late evening/early morning hours. Many of the attendees cosplay while attending the convention, and there are many gatherings for fans of different anime and manga series.”

It’s very similar to the San Diego Comic-Con, but the focus is clearly on anime, manga, and gaming. This isn’t my first go-around with this particular convention, but the experience is never the same twice. Since I only went for one day, I stayed in the Exhibit Hall, which is where you’ll find booths selling everything you can think of: anime, manga, t-shirts, music, and other merchandise, lots of it. Walking around are people dressed in all kinds of cosplay characters from anime, manga, games, even a superhero or two. The costumes were very impressive, many handmade by the people themselves. (They do allow photographs, but please, always ask permission first.)

In the very front of the hall were big-name companies, like Funimation, VIZ Media, and Dark Horse Comics. On one side of the hall were well-known creators, writers, artists, and even voice actors, signing autographs. At one large booth, people were given the chance to try their hand at voice acting, reading lines for a scene from an anime. For those with more time, there were also workshops, panels, and even showings of popular anime, including Fruits Basket, Black Butler, and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (one of my favorites).

While the expo was certainly enjoyable, I should give fair warning. It does get crowded and hot. It took two and half hours just to get in and that was the pre-registration line. If you wish to brave the weather, be sure to bring water and an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun. I was wearing plenty of sunscreen and light clothing and I still came off with a nice sunburn on my head. That said, I still had a good time. I left with some new shirts (Yes!) and a book bag.  Some booths even had freebies.

There's lots to see and do at the Anime Expo. Registration has already started for next year’s event. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess
  

**photographs borrowed, not mine!

Test Story Fairy

 

I don't know anything about this image, other than I like it. And it would be a good image for a caption contest.

Secondly, last week on BoingBoing Cory highlighted some Dewey Decimal System jewelry, made from old catalog cards.

Ojai Library Presents: Mystic In Your Kitchen

Do you want to obtain a higher standard of health and well-being?

Did you know that all living things have a frequency?

The Mystic on the Mountain will demonstrate how with

natural, fresh, ingredients you can raise the frequency

of your body and be healthier and happier.

Learn how to make Quinoa Medley while enjoying

a discussion on Karma-less food.

Saturday, July 20th, 2pm at Ojai Library

Writer's Series at Foster Library

Foster Library is proud to present a new series geared
towards writing and writers.
Read below for a brief overview of each talk!

8/25 at 5:00pm – Charles Freericks - Writing a Memoir 

Charles Freericks, author of the comedic memoir, "My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang out With Me" speaks on how your own life may be the best grist for the mill for your writing - whether you choose to pen your memoirs or just to use autobiographical incidents for your characters in your fiction.

9/15 at 5:00pm – Doug Taylor – Fiction Writing Essentials

Mapping the novel from attention grabbing beginnings to a surprise ending, while building it with the use of dialogue, descriptive & action narrative and subplots . 

10/15 at 6:30pm – Craig Carey  - Writing your Adventure

Craig Carey took his hobby to the next level by writing about his adventures while hiking and backpacking the Southern Los Padres. Learn how to juggle a job, family, and writing in this informative seminar.

Past Events:

7/23 Elizabeth Alvarez - So, You Think You Want to PUBLISH a Book
Creating a publishing plan before, during and after finishing your written work. This is a practical overview, focusing on key questions to consider about the wide world of publishing platforms available today. 

Geocaching Library Style at Foster!

Saturday, 7/13 Geocaching Library Style from 1 pm - 3 pm at Foster Library

Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.

Come learn about geocaching while meeting experienced geocachers. You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Find geocaches nearby
  • Take part in related games and win prizes
  • Chat with others over light refreshments 
  • Go home with a mini starter kit

Call 648-2716 for more information. Event is free and open to the public.

Star Trek, the Next Generation: Hive

Among the recent arrivals in our graphic novel collection is a book for the Trekkie. Star Trek, the Next Generation: Hive is written by Brannon Braga, one of the writers and producers of the Next Gen series, so you know you’re in for a good story. He’s well-versed in the Star Trek universe and knows what he’s talking about.

Hive brings back one of the best and most persistent of the Star Trek villains: the Borg. Beginning in the 29th century, the universe has been totally assimilated by the Borg, and in command of it all is Locutus, formerly Captain Jean-Luc Picard. But Locutus isn’t happy (can a Borg even be happy?), and with all life now consumed by the Borg, things aren’t as fun as they used to be. As Locutus says, “We are without purpose.” Seeking to make things right, Locutus will have to change the past, about 500 years past to be exact. The story shifts back and forth between the 25th and 29th centuries, as Locutus/Picard seeks to save humanity and wipe out the Borg once and for all. Will he do it?

I’m not ashamed to admit I am a Trekkie, not a costume-wearing, philosophizing Trekkie, but I am a Trekkie. Star Trek has been a part of my life since I was six-years-old, watching the original series in reruns, and later, Star Trek: the Next Generation in high school. I never really got into the later series, but for fans of Star Trek Voyager, there is a familiar face in this graphic novel that people will recognize, one with a pivotal role that fits in nicely with the mythology of that series. It certainly answers a question or two at least. I’ll leave it to you, readers, to figure it out.

Whether you’re a Star Trek fan or not, I think you’ll find this an entertaining read, with a clever storyline and great illustrations. Check it out.

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

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