May is AAPI Heritage Month, celebrating the cultural and historic contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. This curated list highlights just a few of the thousands of books and ebooks available that are authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can be found physically in the MVCC Library or digitally through one of our databases. Check out the list by clicking on the image below!
With picnic weather coming into fruition, and the urge to go outside and sit in the sun like a flower blossoms, here are some recommendations to keep you company.
Cover Photo : Killer plants: growing and caring for flytraps, pitcher plants, and other deadly flora by Molly Williams; illustrated by Marisol Ortega
When on a picnic it’s nice to know the life you are surrounded by, and if it’s capable of destruction. This fun read will keep you turning pages with a beautiful illustration style and fun fauna facts! With advice on how to care for your own plants, or what may fit your lifestyle, this is a must read for the summer. Who knows, this book might just be the line between you being a friend or foe to the plants.
Cover Photo : The hello kitty baking book: recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and more by Michele Chen Chock
Having a picnic with no sweets feels like reading a book with blank pages. Plus, who doesn’t want some cute snacks while they read? This cookbook is on all things toothachingly adorable. From macaroons to cookies, these recipes of different skillsets will be tons of fun to make with your friends or even to treat yourself. Why wait? Turn your favorite Sanrio character into a cake pop today!
This is a must. If you haven’t watched this absolute masterpiece, now is the time. I would go as far as to recommend all Studio Ghibli films but this one truly embodies the feeling of a spring night. With the lovable protagonist Kiki navigating her way in the world alongside her cat Jiji, this tale is unforgettable. With watercolor like dreamy visuals and a story that envelops you in a warm hug, your eyes will be glued to the screen and a smile on your face.
Twenty years ago the 2002 Western Conference Finals featuring the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers took place and to this day it remains the most controversial playoff series in NBA history.
To anyone who saw the game in person or on live television, the one-sided officiating was too much for the Sacramento Kings to overcome. The Lakers would go on to win game 6 and the series. Former referee Tim Donaghy, who would eventually serve a 15-month prison sentence for a gambling scandal, alleged in a court filing that the playoff series in 2002 was manipulated by two referees who officiated that game.
Here is what was alleged:
“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be ‘company men,’ always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.” (ABC News)
Tim Donaghy’s full version of the alleged scandal is available to read for free on Hoopla.
Is Morbius a bad film? With a 16% critic rating and 70% audience rating, Morbius is one of the lowest-rated Marvel titles. Marvel fans will blame Sony, others will blame the lead. In either scenario, most comic enthusiasts prefer the books. Click this link to access all the Hoopla Morbius titles to appreciate the best of Marvel’s Post-Ditko creation.
Here is a short list of the some of the best Batman titles that have the same look and feel as “The Batman”.
Batman: The Court Of Owls Saga – Considered one of the greatest Batman stories ever told, this maybe the basis of the next Reeves/Pattinson Dark Knight movie.
Batman: Last Knight On Earth – Another Scott Snyder penned title and the obvious influence for the post car chase scene in the movie.
Batman: The Long Halloween – Like the new film, this quintessential title takes place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting. Of all the Batman titles, this one is probably written the most as a murder mystery and showcased Batman’s detective skills.
Spring is coming quickly and with it a newfound energy. There is a lot of pressure to use this energy for spring cleaning but often people don’t know where to start. If you find yourself overwhelmed, this is the perfect book for you. Marie Kondo has made a name for herself in the organization community with a method that is both gentle and effective for everyone. The method of cleaning is easy to learn too! This manga does not read like a paralyzing to do list, but a compelling story with a character you can find yourself in. With visuals on how to fold different clothes to brutal truths about those miscellaneous doodads, this easy read will be sure to give you the kick you need!
SPOILER ALERT: If you’ve seen The Eternals in theaters or on Disney+, you’ve undoubtedly seen Kit Harrington’s post-credit scene. In it, we get a glimpse of Dane (Kit Harrington) in the presence of a large Game of Throne-like sword, and then a powerful voice calls him by his full name and heeds a warning.
Dane’s last name is Whittman, and Dane Whittman is the Black Knight.
If you can’t wait until Eternals 2 to find out more about this mysterious Marvel character, you can read Black Knight: The Fall Of Dane Whitman on Hoopla.
Marvel’s newest comic series, Moon Knight is kicking off Wednesday, March 30 and the library has the best titles for you to read before its debut!
We have gathered a short list of ebooks available through the MVCC library catalog and Hoopla! Titles include help with yoga, herbal tea, meditation, and more to help you keep calm, cool, and collected during this busy time. While some stress can help you be productive, these ebooks will guide you through relieving unnecessary stress so you can achieve more during this finals season and beyond. Search for physical or audio books on similar topics through the library’s catalog. Good luck during finals, everyone!