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Jack Kerouac would have been 91 this year

Influential novelist and Beat Generation icon Jean-Louis "Jack" Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

According to Chase's Calendar of Events: "Kerouac is best known for his novel On The Road, published in 1957, which celebrates the Beat ideal of noncomformity. Kerouac published The Dharma Bums in 1958, followed by The Subterraneans the same year, Doctor Sax and its sequel Maggie Cassidy in 1959, Lonesome Traveler in 1960, Big Sur in 1962 and Desolation Angels in 1965."

Commemorate the birth anniversary of this prominent and controversial American literary figure by reading one of the novels listed above, or by digging deeper into his life and work with one of these items:

What Happened to Kerouac? [NONFICTION DVD]

 Investigates the personal history and creative process of Jack Kerouac, father of the Beat Generation, author of "On the road", and a pivotal figure of the fifties countercultural revolution. Shows what happened when fame and notoriety were thrust upon an essentially reticent man.

 

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The Field of Sequential Art

William Erwin Eisner was born on this date, March 6 (1917-2005), and today we honor his contributions to the world of comics and graphic novels. He termed his art as, “The Field of Sequential Art” and the industry named one of the most prestigious awards after him, The Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, otherwise known as “The Eisner’s.”  Eisner was born and raised in New York City and to supplement the family’s income, he sold newspapers and got to see all the comics every day. And one of the most important parts of his education and development to his career was reading.  He read vicariously and with his natural artistic ability of storytelling, this lead to one of the early forms of the graphic novel. Eisner used the graphic novel format to combine thematic, visual stories that were bound in a single volume. Today we celebrate the man, the myth, and the legend all rolled into one. Check out our dazzling graphic novel collection at your hometown library today!

The Best of the Spirit by Will Eisner

A reproduction of a classic collection of 22 tales which date from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. >From the headquarters deep beneath Wildwood Cemetery, masked crime fighter Danny Colt fights crime in Central City and beyond. Look for the dangerous Femmes Fatale, street crooks, criminal master-minds, and yes, even creatures from outer space. A true comic classic for anyone interested in the history of comics and the art form from the golden age. 

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Celebrate 'Read An E-Book Week'!

March 3-9, 2013 is Read An E-Book Week!  Officially registered with Chase's Calendar of Events in 2004, Read An E-Book Week "educates and informs the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically." """'''''"

What better way to celebrate than by checking out a free e-book from Pioneer Library System's OverDrive catalog?  We've got a little of everything: bestsellers, mysteries, romances, biographies, books for teens and kids - you name it!

With OverDrive's 'Next Generation' interface, experiencing library e-books is easier than ever.  You don't even need a separate e-reader device - you can read the book from where you're sitting, right on your computer screen.  Find out how!

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

What could possibly be a better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading? Not only do we celebrate the legendary Dr. Seuss‘s birthday, but we are also celebrating National Read Across America, and your hometown libraries are ready! Born on March 2, 1904, Dr. Seuss would have marked his 109th birthday this year. Less known by his actual given name, Theodor Seuss Geisel, his 44 children’s books are natural classics in the genre which include such favorites as “The Cat in the Hat”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, "TheLorax", and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Celebrate any of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful tales of mischief and morality as we Read Across America today and give you the joy of reading and lifelong learning.  

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat changed the way our children learn how to read. This one is a cartoon classic. 

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