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The Comic that Foreshadowed a Pandemic

What if I told you that a title debuted in November of 2019 where the U.S was cut itself off from the world with a massive wall around its borders, and citizens were dying of a mysterious respiratory disease.


Soon after its release Undiscovered Country sold out its initial printing of 85,000 copies and Image announced it was issuing a second printing. An impressive feat for any independent title outside of the DCU and MVU .

Read Undiscovered Country Vol. 1: Destiny for FREE on Hoopla.

Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo

Courtesy of The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art . Frida Kahlo on a bench, carbon print, 1938.

Today we celebrate the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican painter, famous for her surrealist portraits. Kahlo’s work is globally renowned and she has since become a feminist icon.

Learn more about Frida Kahlo by placing a hold on an item and picking it up curbside, or checkout out one of our many eBooks and streaming videos.

Then zoom some friends and take a digital tour of her Casa Azul (The Frida Kahlo Museum) in Coyoacan, Mexico where Frida Kahlo was born and passed away. 

Online Trivia Night

Trivia Night is our video interactive game that can be viewed by phone, TV, or computer. It can be played by friends, family, students, and teachers alike. Play versus friends or form teams, and show off your knowledge on trivia in a variety of categories! Each round lasts between 5 minutes with questions coming from categories like sports, news, gaming, music, movies, etc. It’s a video game show.

Share this video and play with friends and family. Trivia Night courtesy of the Moraine Valley Library

What to Binge This Weekend: Our National Library Week Top Streaming Picks from the Library Website

Dark Waters Based on the New York Times magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich”

The Farewell After her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Chinese-American woman returns to China for a family gathering secretly designed to say goodbye to the matriarch. However, when it becomes apparent that grandma is the only one unaware of the diagnosis, she struggles to keep the secret.

Get Out A young black man discovers a sinister conspiracy while visiting his white girlfriend’s family.

Groundhog Day A romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp where it is Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, but then he realizes that he might be doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people, and doing the same thing every day

Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are a couple of young lovers and small time thieves who decide they need a change of venue. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating motion picture adventure that both thrills and amuses.

Brokeback Mountain It’s 1963, a time in the United States when life was simple, straightforward and the lines between the sexes and sex roles were crisply drawn and severely delineated. Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find themselves thrown together when they are hired to tend sheep in the remote area of Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming. Because of the job, the two are forced to spend many hours together alone in the wild. Ennis and Jack are inexorably drawn to each other through their proximity, loneliness and through a shared lack of tenderness and emotion in their lives and are emotionally, physically and psychically bonded to each other almost from the start

Shakespeare in Love When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with a beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before! There are just two things he’ll have to learn about his new love: not only is she promised to marry someone else, she’s successfully impersonating a man in order to play the lead in Will’s latest production!

Coherence On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery

Thelma & Louise Two female friends try to drive to Mexico in order to escape the police after one of them kills a man attempting to rape the other. A sympathetic cop tries to talk them out of their plan, but the women don’t feel they can trust any man.

Frida Best Actress nominee Salma Hayek stars as Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo in this biopic, which chronicles her turbulent marriage to Diego Rivera, her political activism and the severe pain she experienced following a bus accident.

Music: Hooksounds.com

It’s National Library Week! Read a Comic to Celebrate!

Don’t know what to read? Watch this clip to see some of the many great series we have in our ONLINE COLLECTION!

Or click here to see our Virtual Comic Stand or here to see the many items different services we have to offer in our electronic collection including movies, music, books, comics, and more.

If you need help, chat with a librarian during regular library hours by visiting https://lib.morainevalley.edu/Main/AskLibrarian.html.

Music: https://www.bensound.com/

If You’re Not Reading Saga, Then You Are Missing One of Greatest Cliffhangers in History

If the day ever comes that comics/graphic novels are granted the same respect as novels, then writer Brian K. Vaughan will be viewed as one of our greatest authors.

Saga is this generations great series. It contains blends a Star Wars-like epic, the scenery of Avatar, the adult content and language of Game of Thrones, a family-driven plotline like Breaking Bad, and the humanity of Friday Night Lights. 

If we’ve piqued your interest, then time is on your side. Saga is currently on hiatus. Long before the coronavirus, creator Brian K. Vaughan planned for Saga to take a planned break of one year. It is now entering its second year. For fans that finished all nine volumes (54 comics), this wait has been pure torture.

Read the entire 9 volume masterpiece for free with our Hoopla database.

Saga Vol. 1 ( Contains comic issues #1-6)

Saga Vol. 2 (Contains issues #7-12)

Saga Vol. 3 (Contains issues #13-18)

Saga Vol. 4 (Contains issues #19-24)

Saga Vol. 5 (Contains issues #25-30)

Saga Vol. 6 (Contains issues #31-36)

Saga Vol. 7 (Contains issues #37-42)

Saga Vol. 8 (Contains issues #43-48)

Saga Vol. 9 (Contains issues #49-54)

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