Katniss Everdeen, born May 8, District 12
Every once in a while someone comes along that you can just tell is going to be special. Someone that will voluntarily take the place of her younger sister as a sacrificial participant in a brutal contest of combat and survival where the only way to get out alive is to kill. And win. Twice. And then become the symbol of the resistance force that will rise up to fight the oppressive and brutal regime that oversaw the whole bloody contest to begin with. And then succeed in overthrowing the whole government and setting up a new society… For example.
More importantly, in the real world at least, Katniss and her story (The Hunger Games trilogy, just in case there is anyone reading this that doesn’t already know) helped get people into reading in a big way. It did for post-apocalyptic YA what Twilight did for vampires or what Harry Potter did for witches and wizards – it brought it out of the realm of genre fiction and made it mainstream. It made it cool. And people, in particular young people, pay attention to what’s cool. Not bad for a teen-aged poacher from the outer districts. Join us in issuing a three-finger salute to Katniss on her special day.
According to The Tolkien Society, Sauron, the evil Lord of the Rings, was finally defeated on March 25. To celebrate this momentous occasion in fantasy literature (and later, fantasy film) March 25 was declared, by the people who declare such things, Tolkien Reading Day!
So stop into the Moline Library and grab a Tolkien book and find a comfy chair. It doesn’t have to be the LOTR either – The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, The Book of Lost Tales, whatever scratches the Middle-Earth itch.
Happy (eventual) birthday Captain Kirk !
Now available in Original and Alternate Time-Line!
On this day, March 22, in fictional future history, 216 years from now, another of the best imaginary captains to ever fictionally exist will have been born in Riverside, Iowa… or deep space, depending on which reality you’re in… The place doesn’t really matter. You celebrate the day after all and now is the time.
Feeling nostalgic and/or confused? Want to revisit the adventures of one of the best commanders in Starfleet history and/or figure out what the heck I am talking about? The Moline Library has you covered. Come check out Star Trek: The Original series, the movies, the”reboot” movies, or any of a number of Star Trek novels to fill in the gaps between the episodes and movies! It could keep you busy for a while. And if you get hooked, there is alway the Next Gen series, movies and books – vive le Jean-Luc!
Better known as TARZAN of the Apes!
Tarzan was born 128 years ago today (in fake history) on November 22, 1888. I believe it was a Thursday. Orphaned and stranded in the jungle at a tender age, young John Clayton, the only son of the Earl of Greystroke, was taken in and raised by a band of gorillas. With the strength of a great ape and the cunning of a man he lived quite contentedly in the deepest, darkest jungles. Until a chance meeting with a young Englishwoman named Jane, that is.
Intrigued? If you’d like to learn more you should come to the library and check out Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Or at least the Disney movie version.
As the weather starts to turn chilly and the leaves begin to fall some may be inclined to bemoan the loss of yet another summer. But take heart! It could be worse!
You could be Robinson Crusoe, who was shipwrecked alone (well, with a dog and two cats) on a deserted island 357 years ago today, September 30, in fictitious history. It was rough at first – he named the island The Island of Despair – but he pulls himself up by his bootstraps and the story becomes the ultimate guide to making lemonade from life’s lemons (and cannibals). Intrigued? Stop by the library and pick up Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. It will make you feel better – if nothing else, it takes place on a tropical island.
Already read Robinson Crusoe? Afraid of shipwrecks? There are plenty of books on survivalist skills too. You know, just in case you ever find yourself on a deserted island.
“We may not have parted on the best of terms. I realize certain words were exchanged. Also, certain… bullets.” Captain Malcolm Reynolds
According to Firefly, a short-lived but still wildly popular sci-fi series from Joss Whedon, Captain Malcolm Reynolds will be born 452 years from today, September 20. I can’t think of a reason not to celebrate one of the best fictional captains to ever fictionally live (definitely one of the top 10 imaginary captains ever, probably top 5) a little early.
And what better way to celebrate than reliving all of your favorite Captain Mal adventures, heists and hijinks. Or, alternatively, if you have no idea what or who I am talking about, what better time to find out? Either way, the library can help you out. Check out the Firefly TV series, or Serenity (the big screen wrap up for the series) on DVD at the Moline Public Library today.
It’s all about the dinosaurs. Indirectly.
It was on this day, (fictitious) August 18, in the early years of the 20th century that the bearded dynamo, Professor Challenger (perhaps the third most famous protagonist created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, behind a certain famous detective and his doctor friend) first discovered The Lost World atop a high plateau in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. And what did he find there? Actually, all manner of ridiculous things, but chief among them – DINOSAURS! Most of them did not want to be friends.
Coincidentally, (fictitious) August 18 is also the day that the devious Dennis Nedry sabotaged the computer system at the newly-created, island theme park, Jurassic Park (in Jurassic Park the novel, not the movie – August apparently wasn’t Hollywood enough so they changed it to June), leading to the escape of several of the park’s residents – which would happen to be DINOSAURS! Most of them didn’t want to be friends either.
It turns out, dinosaurs, at least the meat-eaters, not terribly nice.
So, avoid any remote islands or isolated rain forest plateaus that might attract or harbor otherwise extinct animals today. There are much easier ways to get your hands on dinosaurs anyway. Like in books. Now, if I only knew where you could go for those…