Are They Speaking to Us?

fnished2Join us this Monday as the Fortean Society of Delaware presents a discussion by Judi Thomases, psychic, astrologer, author and channeler.

People from all walks of life have reported hearing, seeing, dreaming about, or just being guided by invisible helpers at critical times. Learn about your own psychic guides and your path to protection and insight through Judi’s talk and books “Wisdom’s Game” and “The Wisdom Keys”.

The discussion will begin at 6:00pm! More information on Judi can be found at her website or email her at judi@wisdompath.com.

Dover Comic Con 2015 Wrap Up

11872804_128049087537806_1820077993_nA year ago the Dover Public Library decided it would attempt to host its very own Comic Con. Hoping to attract a crowd of 500 the library aimed to give the community a taste of what larger conventions are like, but for free. We were overwhelmed with the response we had from participants, as our attendance numbers exceeded 2,500 for the inaugural event.

In 2015 we decided to cater to the demand shown in the previous year by expanding the event to include outdoor space, introduce more artists, vendors, exhibits, food trucks and to work with a bunch of partners to ensure we had all of our your needs covered. This made the 2015 Dover Comic Con a first for us in many ways.

From the moment the doors opened, we were once again blown away by the amount of interest. We had a line through the library parking lot that extended the length of the building, filled with people eager to get their wristband and program for the day. Information desks were busy all day as the attendance continued to rise, with more and more people filling the library, the Biggs Museum, the Old State House, the Schwartz Center, and the streets in the downtown area. Being hopeful that we’d have 5,000 visitors this time around, we were thrilled and surprised that the actual attendance had topped 7,000!

The day went as smoothly as we could have hoped. Both artist alley 1 and 2 were swamped all day, in the library and at the Biggs Museum. Pokemon had large numbers of participants for the duration of the con, as did Minecraft on the library’s second floor. Over 200 people took photos in front of our green screen, which isn’t bad considering last we only had 26. The Delaware Anime Society’s Otaku Overlook on the third floor was a hit. People spent time watching some of their favorite anime, participating in an “Iron Cosplay” competition, scavenger hunt, or just making various crafts.

Doctor Who Meets Caesar Rodney at the Old State House was such a huge hit that they actually had to turn people away at each showing! The Schwartz Center was doing quite well, despite being located a little further away from the main drag. There were probably about 50+ people attending their Comically Comical improv comedy set at one of the times I had stopped by to check in.

The panel discussions being held at the Biggs and the library were also greeted with lots of enthusiasm. There is even a great interview with one of our panels, “Women in Comics” about their own experiences in the comic industry working for Marvel and DC that everyone should check out.

Having food trucks was a great addition this year and people really seemed to enjoy it. The area was crowded most of the day as people enjoyed the beautiful weather, eating food, and watching LARPing that was taking place on Legislative Mall.

The Costume contest left us thoroughly impressed by the amount of participants in all categories. The quality of the costumes far exceeded our expectations as well, and that goes for everyone who attended the event dressed up. Some of my personal favorites included the man dressed like a gnome, Emmet the Lego, and the Weeping Angel.

The level of respect everyone paid to their fellow patrons was remarkable for an event this size, considering the amount of props people were wielding. There was not a single security incident throughout the day, so kudos to all of you. All the creators of this event would like to thank you for your support. Without all of you, the day wouldn’t have been as successful as it was. We’re still getting our ducks in a row for next year, but as soon as we have a date we’ll announce it so you can start planning. We’re hopeful it will come within a week or two.

We’d also like to thank everyone who sent in photographs for us to share. We did our best to sort through the photos and select the best ones that demonstrated what the day was all about and featured as many of our cosplayers as possible. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word in any way and we look forward to seeing all of you again next year!

Dover Comic Con Around the Web:

Blogs:

http://www.shoot-me-now.com/dover-comic-con-2015/
https://oliviaberrier.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/dover-comic-con-2015/
http://www.doverpost.com/photogallery/DE/20150808/PHOTOGALLERY/808009999/PH/1
http://dustyskull.com/blog/?p=2317

Photos:

A huge thanks to John Ervin for volunteering to take photos all day for us. Be sure to check out James D Photography from Comic Con as well (some of his photos are included below). Thanks again to everyone who sent us images to display!

Paint Night this Tuesday!

lgPaint_Night_1Can you hold a paint brush? If so, you can paint! Come to the Dover Public Library this Tuesday, August 2nd, at 6pm and decorate your own glass vase. Artist Liisa Trala will be on hand to guide participants through painting unique patterns, step-by- step. The session will be held in the Children’s Programming Room on the first floor, but it’s open to adults only!

This is a free program and all supplies are provided. However, registration is required. Please call 302-736-7030 to register or for additional details.

The Demise of the Public Library?

8597779469_ba4ae9d8aa_bThe public library system has been predicted to become obsolete for as long as I can remember. It was thought that with the rise of technology and the ease of access to various pieces of information, that there simply wouldn’t be any need for the institution any longer. I was one of those people that thought they’d go the way of the video rental stores and simply die out.

When I was younger I had hardly stepped foot in them, only periodically stopping in for a book or two in order to complete a research assignment. If I used them more than a handful of times a year, that was a lot. The only time I remember actively going was for a chess club back when I was in elementary school, or when my older brother needed to stop and pick something up (he was an avid reader).

Turns out, my experience with libraries was not the norm then and it’s certainly not the norm now. In a recent article by Wayne Wiegmand for the Oxford University Press, he provides a statistical look at the use and public opinion of libraries has changed over the years.

According to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, every major institution has fallen in public esteem except three; first responders, the military, and libraries. The article also points out that studies have been able to conclude from those surveyed that over 90% believe libraries are important to their communities, to go along with the 98% who claimed their experience was positive.

In 2012 there were more public libraries than at any other point in history, with 17,219, which is a 21% increase over the past decade. 93 million Americans attended a public library program (38% increase over eight years), 65 million of whom were children (24% increase over ten years). There were also 2.2 billion items circulated, which is a 17% increase per capita over ten years. Libraries also supplied users with access to 250,000 internet-ready computers, which is a 100% more per capita than the previous decade.

It may seem strange that in a world that continues to grow and connect together via the internet, cell phones, or through other smart devices that people would not only be using libraries, but using them more frequently. That’s likely because the role of what libraries provide has changed drastically over time. They still provide the traditional resources that everyone knows about, but the push into the technology and creative fields with makerspaces and media labs has really opened the doors to an entirely different group of people.

There are more services than ever before, from 3D printing to design software, from traditional books to eBooks, and various other programs that were not available previously. Here at the Dover Public Library, we’ve seen a large influx of patrons taking advantage of these different services and programs that we offer. These offerings compliment the traditional services, helping to enrich the experience of library users by providing them with additional resources all in one place.

Only after having worked in a library have I really begun to appreciate everything they have to offer. The dedication to providing the community with what they want and need is a truly impressive thing. It is because of this that I now believe libraries will be around a lot longer than most had originally thought, and I’ll continue to visit them, even if I’m not working in one.

For further reading and statistics be sure to read the article by Wayne Wiegand.

Comic Con Kickoff – First Friday

11150568_1093279980688765_4834431870813007814_nDover Comic Con is going to be huge this year with panels, artists, vendors, food trucks, roller derby, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What you might not have known is that there will be a small taste of what’s to come on the eve of Comic Con. The downtown Dover area has a First Friday event that is held each month to help draw attention to local businesses, and provide fun activities for the community to participate in. This upcoming First Friday will have some connections to Comic Con and help us kick off the festivities a little early.

Starting at 3pm and running until 8pm, Uncorked Canvas Parties will be hosting a “Battle of the Super Heroes” painting session. Drop in to create your own super hero painting, with assistance from artists throughout the process, ending with your work being published on their Facebook page. It costs $25 per person and it includes everything you’ll need to create your favorite super hero.

Artsy Fartsy will also be featuring their own Comic Con inspired instructional paint event. Choose to paint Harley Quinn or Wonder Woman on 16×20 canvas for $15. Space is limited so pay ahead here.

As many library goers already know, we typically host a concert once a month for our own program called In Harmony. For our August 7th concert, we’ll have Junk Rock Band performing at 6:30pm at Loockerman Way Plaza! Junk Rock Band performs using oil drums, plastic tubes, milk cans, and over various unusual objects. Be ready for audience participation or involvement and become part of the show. It’s a free and fun for all ages event. This is a change from our original plan to host the event at the library for 7pm, so please disregard any previously printed information about the location and starting time. If you’d like more information about this particular event, please call the Dover Public Library at 302-736-7030.

Lastly, the Schwartz Center for the Arts will be playing the 1984 classic film Ghostbusters in their fabulous theater. Not only are they showing the awesome film, but both the Delaware and New Jersey Ghostbusters will be on hand. Arriving in Ecto-1 at 5:15pm, these Ghostbusters will be on Loockerman Street and Governors Avenue busting ghosts before the screening. During the film, the Ghostbusters will be interacting throughout the whole film for a SUPER-natural experience that’s other worldly. Tickets are available online here or at the door, and cost $10 for adults and $8 for children. But can you really put a price on seeing such an awesome movie in a theater again, and with actual Ghostbusters?!

There will likely be more additions to this list prior to the 7th, but this should be enough to peak at least some interest. Keep checking back to see if anything has been updated or added.

Update:

Mispillion River Brewing Company will be on hand between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Loockerman Way Plaza. So stop by and check out their wonderful craft brews.

In additional to having an awesome brewing company, there will be an inflatable moon bounce on Loockerman Way Plaza. Between the hours of 5:00pm – 8:00pm bring the kids for some fun.