One of my favorite movies growing up was Superman. This was before the Avengers, Iron Man, and even the X-men made their way to the big screen. When you saw Christopher Reeve flying around in that red cape, you really believed he was Superman. This happy memory is what brought me to one of my most recent reads, Superman: Last Son of Krypton.
It’s made up of two stories, one of which is co-written by Richard Donner. Now, if you don’t know who he is, you need to watch that original Superman movie because he was the director. The first story of this graphic novel is the Last Son in the title. Written in part by said director, it involves a young boy crash landing to Earth (and no, it’s not who you think it is). This boy has powers similar to Superman’s, who suddenly finds himself in a new role as a would-be father. However, this boy (who is named Christopher, in a nod to Christopher Reeve) is not the only one with superpowers to crash land on Earth. What follows is a story that could very well have played as a sequel to the original film, if that gives you any hint as to who appears. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Richard Donner is involved. If you know any of the back story on Superman and its first sequel, you’ll know it was a contentious shoot. Disagreements were aplenty between the director and the producers. This graphic novel, I think, is the Richard Donner version, and it plays nicely and convincingly.
The second story is called “Brainiac.” This one, too, pays a nod to that original Superman film, for if you look closely, you’ll see this Superman looks very familiar. In it, Superman must fight Brainiac to save Earth. He will discover he’s not the only survivor of Krypton, but it’s not in the way he expected. His attempt to save those from his old home will come at a terrible cost to someone in his new one.
What I liked about both stories is the idea that we are not alone in the world. Superman has always felt like an odd man out in many ways because he believed he was the last survivor of his home world and because his powers make him stand out from others. But in this graphic novel, he learns he isn’t alone, not just because he discovers other survivors of Krypton, but because of the family and friends he has gained on Earth. While he may be a man of two worlds, he has chosen to make Earth his home.
Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess
Beth's Basic Bread Book, by Beth Hensperger is exactly what the title states, a basic bread baking book, which is fine with me. Bread baking can be an intimidating kitchen activity, but this book clearly breaks down the process into a relatively easy and rewarding task. I plead guilty to being absent from the kitchen for awhile, the lure of summer and wine tasting had led me astray. But, I made it back to the kitchen to work some wonders once again. Even though it is still summer, hot in other words, I was itching to bake some bread, we all know the old adage if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Well, the "Dish" can deal with the heat if delicious bread is the outcome!
The Cinnamon Swirl bread recipe is bread I chose to bake in this episode of “David’s Dish”. It’s a straightforward bread recipe with the bubbling yeast and the kneading of dough, lots of fun! After carefully following the recipe the result was one of the best bread baking experiences I have ever had, delicious bread and that Zen-like feeling that comes with bread baking. Bread baking is a beautiful thing, everyone, I mean everyone needs to do it.
***** “David’s Dish”
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A Mother's Journey to Promote Interfaith Dialogue
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear author Soraya Deen discuss:
Mark your calendars! ReferenceUSA is offering hour-long online classes October through December.
ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:
* Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am (1 hour)
Registration required - follow pdf link
* Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - Mondays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
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* Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm (1 hour)
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* ReferenceUSA Big Data - alternate Tuesdays at 12:00pm
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This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques as well as find out about ReferenceUSA's new Data Visualization feature.
To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".
|Foster Library is proud to present a new series
geared towards writing and writers
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.
Save the NEW date! Tuesday, September 17, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, when Ventura County Library launches weekly Maker meetings - to be held every Tuesday evening in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library.
The meetings will begin at 7:30 every Tuesday, except the first Tuesday of each month, when they will start at 8pm.
Come learn what Maker Spaces are all about - see examples of robotics and media projects, 3D printers (see photo), and knitting & crafting projects.
Learn about the local and national Maker network - tap into your neighbors' interests and share equipment.
There really is something for everyone. Don't see what you like? Consider making it!
Can you believe the summer is almost over and school starts in about two weeks? Whether you are celebrating this day or dreading it, Ventura County Library has many resources for school help.
Go to our webpage at vencolibrary.org and under Special Interests, you will find the Teens or Kids’ pages that list Quick Start Homework help. On this page you can link onto such subjects as Mythology, Countries, Science Projects and more.
For more help check out our elibrary databases where there is a link to our k-12 databases. Information and links to biographies, encyclopedias, magazine and journal articles, and reading suggestions can be found. Under Test Preparation you will find LearningExpress Library which is an interactive instructional and test preparation database. The learning center in this database covers elementary school through college.
In addition to all these electronic links, we also offer books and staff to help you and your child locate the resources you need to make this school year the best ever.
You now have access to five historical newspaper resources!
Calling all genealogists, researchers and scholars! See our eLibrary for first hand accounts and coverage.
The Channel Islands are home to the most well-preserved archeological sites on the Pacific coast, with more than 10,000 years of continuous human occupation recorded. They contain the oldest dated human remains in North America—Arlington Springs Man (13,000 BP).
While the islands themselves are accessible only by boat or aircraft, the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitors Center is right in the Ventura Harbor. Located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura, it features a display of marine aquatic life as well as exhibits reflecting the unique character of each island. There is a 3-dimensional map of the islands outside the bookstore that gives an idea of the shapes of the islands. If you go up to the 3rd floor, you get a beautiful panoramic view of Ventura and the harbor.
San Nicolas Island, part of the Channel Islands, is the setting for Scott O’Dell’s novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins”. Foster Library has many copies of the novel along with other items to help you plan your journey to the Channel Islands.