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Don’t worry.  You’ll be able to enjoy the arts, sciences,  movies, and computers you’ve grown to love at Marion Public Library even during the solar eclipse on Monday, August, 21 and we’ll also have some exciting activities on Saturday, August 19.

Friends, you can pick up your free Eclipse gift bags from 11-2 on Saturday, August 19th (while supplies last). One bag per family, please. Make plans to join us at 11:00 for an Eclipse story & craft time!

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DVD

Monster Quest Season Two

F

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

NF

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

LP

Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn

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Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.  While his Graceland home still draws a record number of mourners each year, library patrons may also celebrate his life and career by reading biographies like  Being Elvis by Ray Connolly, Elvis: A Celebration by Mike Evans, and Elvis By the Presleys.    Elvis After Elvis by Gilbert Rodman examines how the singer’s influence as a pop culture icon has evolved since his passing. These books are all owned by your Marion Library.   Peter Guralnak wrote a definitive two volume biography of Elvis:  Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. While sadly those books have “left the building”  they are worth reading through inter-library loan. The second volume actually begins with a reference to the moment when the train bringing Elvis home from military service abroad stopped at the Marion, VA train station!

 

 

 

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On August 15, 1965 the Beatles played to a huge crowd at New York’s Shea Stadium.   The concert was filmed for a documentary and a re-mastered version was released on DVD in 2016. The concert film successfully captured Beatlemania at its height.   Paul McCartney was one of the last artists to perform at Shea Stadium before its closure in  2008.

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Our Chilhowie Public Library will also host a solar eclipse event as detailed below:

We have 50 pairs of free glasses for viewing the eclipse along with a fun gift bag. These will be given away on the day of the eclipse, Monday, August 21 starting at 11 am when we open. NONE will be given out earlier and we will  only  give one  per person that is present. We hope you take time to look at our displays and have a safe experience. The eclipse will start around 1 pm with eclipse at 94 percent around 2:38 and subside by 4pm in Chilhowie area. Please refrain from looking at the sun during this time without proper glasses. Join us for a safe experience.

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Eclipso

 

Are you excited about the eclipse?  I bet you’re not as eager as this fellow.  Meet Eclipso! He may not have had the best name in crime but this super villain from DC Comics certainly relished a solar eclipse!  He was created by Bob Haney and Lee Elias and first appeared in House of Secrets  # 61 in  August, 1963.  He was given his own feature in the anthology comic and  was an ordinary super villain except for the fact that in truth he was a Jekyll/Hyde type! Scientist Bruce Gordon, allegedly named after Batman’s Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon),  transformed into the evil Eclipso whenever a solar eclipse occurred.  He became a sinister villain with super strength and his own black diamond that emitted energy bolts.  He used his warped brilliance to plot against society but he always failed when circumstances allowed his better half to resurface.  Later, that simple plot was altered and Eclipso became a murderous spirit of vengeance who could possess various heroes at will and make them his pawns.  You don’t really need to know all that to enjoy the fact that in simpler times DC Comics published stories about this human eclipse and his efforts to rule the world! I’m sure he’d appreciate the upcoming solar eclipse immensely!

 

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Don’t worry.  You’ll be able to enjoy the arts, sciences,  movies, and computers you’ve grown to love at Marion Public Library even during the solar eclipse on Monday, August, 21 and we’ll also have some exciting activities on Saturday, August 19.

Friends, you can pick up your free Eclipse gift bags from 11-2 on Saturday, August 19th (while supplies last). One bag per family, please. Make plans to join us at 11:00 for an Eclipse story & craft time!