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Thought You Outgrew Comic Books?

Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga and Paper Girls Might Change Your Mind

Since the 1980s, comic book writers have been shifting their reputations as dealers of pulp to serious artists. Though some comics still offer the action-packed plotlines that are tailored to young readers, comic writers like Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Multiversity, Batman), and Frank Miller (300, Sin City) have ushered in a new era of sophisticated comic fare.

No modern writer is leading this charge better than Brian K. Vaughan, a former scribe for the TV show Lost. Vaughan has recently enjoyed great success in a few comic titles such as Saga and Paper Girls, both of which have just arrived at the Jackson District Library. Saga is a sprawling space opera that follows Alana, Marko, and Hazel, a war-torn family that’s on the run from assassins from their respective homelands. It’s not a story that’s easy to distill into a paragraph, but think of it as a charming mix of Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet. This narrative is so addicting (and beautifully drawn by artist Fiona Staples), you’ll be grateful that we have the first seven volumes in stock. As noted by the comic’s rating, it does contain some graphic scenes.

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Teen readers might be better suited for a title called Paper Girls, an ‘80s-set time-travel adventure that follows a group of pre-teen paper girls on an unbelievable journey. Much like the recent Netflix sensation Stranger Things, this title takes a nostalgic look back on an era where acid-wash jeans were considered fashionable. But Vaughan’s compelling sci-fi tale, which features Cliff Chiang’s supernatural and alien illustrations, makes Paper Girls more valuable than a simple stroll down memory lane. With volume two on the way, there’s no better time to start reading Paper Girls.

You can check out our Saga and Paper Girls volumes below:

Paper Girls: Volume One & Two
Saga: Volume One
Saga: Volume Two
Saga: Volume Three

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Jan – Feb Chapters Newsletter

Ever wonder how two regular guys ended up with a popular PBS TV show and book that feature the cool people, places and things that make Michigan a great place to be? Well, if you’d like to find out how it all happened, join us on January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm. as the men of Under the Radar Michigan make their way to the Jackson District Library. Join Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman for an inspirational story of reinvention and discovery. They’ll tell you how they do it… why they do it… and share great stories from their travels around Michigan. Be sure to bring your questions, your sense of adventure and your sense of humor, because when Tom and Jim start talking… it’s a wild and crazy ride.

If you haven’t seen Under the Radar Michigan… look for it on your local PBS station, or visit utrmichigan.com and do a little perusing before the program. You’ll be glad you did. See you then!

And See more of what’s happening at your library in this issue of Chapters!

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Support Jackson District Library While You Shop

While the library provides access to books, music, and more sometimes these items may not be available immediately at the library, or perhaps they are items you would rather own. Our library catalog now offers the option to “Buy It Now” — each time you purchase an item from Amazon, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the library.

It is an amazingly simple way to support your local library! The best part about this new feature is that you can purchase ANY item on Amazon and if you use the special Buy It Now link to Amazon, a percentage of your purchase will go back to the library! Just click this button and shop as you normally would.

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You can also bookmark the link in your browser and use it to shop on Amazon anytime, automatically donating a portion of your proceeds to Jackson District Library.

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Holiday Cookbooks Have Arrived

If there’s one good thing about Michigan’s frigid winter, it’s a getting a much-needed excuse to stay indoors and cook. With winter’s looming arrival, we’ve ordered cookbooks for every kind of eater—whether you’re looking to cook a rich, southern-inspired holiday buffet; a brand new dessert; or a variety of gluten-free or vegan recipes. You can place a hold on our newest holiday cookbooks below.

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Christmas Cookie Swap! by Nicole Fisher
Best Holiday Sweets and Treats by Daniella Malfitano
Superfun Times Holiday Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Christmas with Southern Living by Southern Living Staff.
Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker

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Enter the 2017 Young Poets Contest

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The Jackson District Library is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual, “Poets Among Us: Young Poets Contest 2017.” With over 10,000 student entries during the first twelve years, this event has proven to be very successful with students, teachers and parents. Over the years, entries have been received from entire classrooms, as well as students participating on their own who have a love of poetry. Poems have covered subjects as diverse as animals, divorce, hard times, family fun, friendships, sunsets, and war, to name just a few.

The contest is open to all students in grades Kindergarten through 12 and all home-schooled students in Jackson County. Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by January 31, 2017.
A panel of poetry judges will review all the entries submitted. We will publish the award-winning poems in a small booklet and on our website. In addition, the top poets in each grade level will be given the opportunity to read their poems at the Young Poets Awards program to be held in May 2017.

Every poem is a possible winner, and the members of our Poetry Panel will enjoy reading all the poems they judge.

The contest packet contains the necessary materials and forms to allow teachers to incorporate the contest into the instruction schedule and includes the Student Rules and Registration Form to be completed by each student.

The poems will become the property of the Library and will not be returned, so please be sure to retain copies of your submission. In addition, every student (and their teacher) who enters the contest will be included in drawings to receive an autographed book by our Guest Poet! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jean Dailey at (517) 788-4099, ext. 1308 or daileyjl@myjdl.com, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Thank you, again, for all your assistance in making the Young Poets Contest such a success. We deeply appreciate your continuing support.

Thought You Outgrew Comic Books? Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga and Paper Girls Might Change Your Mind

Since the 1980s, comic book writers have been working hard to change their reputations from creators of pulp to serious artists. Though many comics still offer simple, action-packed plotlines that are tailored to young readers, comic writers like Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Multiversity, Batman), and Frank Miller (300, Sin City) have ushered in a new era of sophisticated comic fare for adult readers. No modern writer is leading this charge better than Brian K. Vaughan, a former scribe for the TV show Lost. Vaughan has recently enjoyed great success in writing a few comic titles such as Saga and Paper Girls, both of which have just arrived at the Jackson District Library.

Interested teen readers will be better suited with Paper Girls, a 1980s-set time-travel adventure that follows a group of pre-teen paper girls on an unbelievable journey. Much like the recent Netflix sensation Stranger Things,this title takes a nostalgic look back on an era where acid-wash jeans were considered fashionable. But Vaughan’s compelling sci-fi storyline, which features Cliff Chiang’s supernatural and alien illustrations, makes Paper Girls more valuable than a simple stroll down memory lane.

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Saga is a sprawling space opera that follows Alana, Marko, and Hazel, a war-torn family that’s on the run from assassins from their respective homelands. It’s not a story that’s easy to distill into a paragraph, but think of it as a charming mix of Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet. This narrative is so addicting (and beautifully drawn by artist Fiona Staples), you’ll be grateful that we have the first seven volumes in stock. As noted by the comic’s rating, parents and readers should be aware of some graphic content.With volume two of Paper Girls on the way and seven installments of Saga on JDL’s shelves, there’s no better time to start reading Vaughan’s work.

You can check out our Saga and Paper Girls volumes below:

Paper Girls: Volume One
The Saga Series, and more work by Brian K. Vaughan

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Cursed No More: Look Back on the Cubs’ Tumultuous History with These Books

Though the Halloween season just ended, it was baseball that had people talking about curses this year. With the Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series in 108 years, much of the public conversation about the team has involved a six-decades old curse. The Cubs’ “Billy Goat” curse started in the mid-’40s after Billy Sianis, a dedicated Cubs fan, was asked to leave Wrigley Field for bringing his pet goat. Sianis promised a losing record to the Cubs, who would later lose that 1945 series to the Detroit Tigers. After the Cubs went decades with no World Series wins, it instilled a deep superstition within fans worldwide.
While the curse is one major aspect of the team’s history, these “lovable losers” have built a rich story that goes beyond superstition. Take a look at some of our material on the Cubs, as well as a few resources that will enhance the baseball experience for fans of all ages.
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at 100 by George Will
The Golden Era Cubs, 1876-1940 by Eddie Gold
Baseball History for Kids: America at Bat from 1900 to Today with 19 Activities by Richard Panchyk
My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler

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Nov – Dec Chapters Newsletter

The Carnegie Library, is one of the architectural and cultural landmarks of Jackson County and is currently on the local, state, and national register of historic places.
In this issue of Chapters, find out how to explore the wonders of the art, architecture and the history of our remarkable Carnegie Libary while enjoying a tasty glass of Michigan wine and mellow live music performed by the talented Jackson High School musicians.
One of the many pieces you will see is the Lincoln, Bronze Statue, by Augustus Saint Gaudens. The sculptor was born in Dublin, Ireland but came to the U.S. as a child. This replica is known as his best endeavor and serves as a memorial of the establishment of the Republican Party in Jackson in 1854.
You don’t want to miss this, nor any of the holiday events we have in store this season. Click below to have a look!

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Bryan Cranston Details the Evolution of TV’s Greatest Anti-Hero with New Memoir

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In the early 2000s, it would’ve been hard to picture Bryan Cranston as one of television’s greatest actors. Cranston had received his fair share of notoriety, sure, but his mainstream roles—from the oafish dad Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld— were rooted in network TV comedy. But beneath Cranston’s slapstick performances lurked a more sinister character in Breaking Bad’s Walter White, the high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin who evolved into one of TV’s greatest anti-heroes. The show ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2013 on AMC, earning 16 Emmy awards in the process. To put Cranston’s impact in perspective, Breaking Bad has the Guinness World Record for being the most acclaimed television show of all time.

This success wasn’t a fluke, as the actor’s performances since Breaking Bad prove. In 2014 he won a Tony award for his role as President Lyndon Johnson in the stage play All the Way. This week Cranston released a memoir titled A Life in Parts. While the book details his decades-long path to success, Cranston has also written a bold testament to long-term artistic dedication. As Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan writes in the introduction, “If I’d known Bryan could tell stories this well, I would’ve had him writing episodes of Breaking Bad.”

Aside from Cranston’s new memoir, JDL also has many of his iconic performances. Check them out below.

A Life in Parts

Breaking Bad, Season One

Malcolm in the Middle, Season One

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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Provides an Opportunity to Reexamine Recent Laureates

In 2016, it’s not shocking to hear the electric twang of a Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The multi-day event, which began in 1959, was created to celebrate traditional folk, country, blues, and bluegrass—none of which featured electric instruments in Newport’s early years. It was Bob Dylan who shook the folk community in 1965 by brandishing a Fender Stratocaster on stage at the festival. He might have been booed by the audience, but Newport Folk—and popular music—eventually caught up with his electric vision.
The 75-year-old songwriter was in the middle of an artistic controversy again this week, but it had little to do with music. Dylan received the Nobel Prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Many Dylan fanatics already saw his lyrics as poetry and thought the prize was a justified nod to decades of critically acclaimed work. In the literary community, however, many saw the unusual selection as a slap to the face of lesser-known poets and writers.
Regardless of your position on Dylan’s prize, JDL has material worth your exploration. We’ve listed a few of our best resources on Dylan. If his “poetic expressions” aren’t your taste, though, we’ve included some books from alternative Nobel Laureates in literature.

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Chronicles (Vol. 1) by Bob Dylan


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Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald

Films


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Don’t Look Back (Criterion Collection)

CDs

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Blood on the Tracks

Nobel Prize Winners in Literature

2014: Modiano, Patrick: So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
2013: Munro, Alice: Dear Life: Stories
2012: Mo, Yan: Frog: A Novel

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