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    by Emily M | May 01, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the movie Black Panther!
    T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.

    Doors open at 6:00 with cartoons playing before the show!
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    What: Black Panther
    When: Tuesday, May 29
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
    Free Admission
    Rated PG-13

    by Teresa Walls | Apr 30, 2018
    Free Comic Book Day

    Boom! Zap! Pow! Free Comic Book Day is hitting the library! Free Comic Book Day is a worldwide event that happens on the first Saturday of every May.

    Celebrate at the Main Library in Children’s Services!
    9:00 am to 6:00 pm -  Scavenger Hunt and Kids' Comics Giveaway (2 per person, while supplies last)
    10:30 to 11:00 am - Free Comic Book Day Storytime
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Costume Factory
    NOON to 1:00 pm - LEGO Club
    12:30 to 1:30 pm - Meet a Superhero
    12:30 to 2:00 pm - Bingo Quest
    2:00 to 3:00 pm - Drawing Workshop with local artists, Matthew Plett & Andrew Kurzen

    Celebrate at the Main Library in the Teens department!  All day, while supplies last, pick up a free comic book or two. Between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, try your hand at solving puzzles to open locked boxes that contain an additional surprise.

    Celebrate at the Georgetown branch library! Free comics for all ages will be given away - 1 per person, while supplies last. Stop by anytime to snap a picture at the photo-op and create your own superhero mask!

    Celebrate at the Grabill branch library! Free comics for all ages will be given away - 1 per person, while supplies last. Stop by anytime to do a scavenger hunt or make a craft.

    Celebrate at the Aboite branch library! Get a free comic book to take home, then join us for a superhero-themed storytime at 2:00pm. We will also have a special visit from Spiderman from 2:30-3:30 pm!

     

    by Becky C | Apr 30, 2018
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    Roomies  A Wizard of Earthsea  Happiness is a Choice You Make
     Sunburn  Little Fires Everywhere  The Fast and the Furriest
     The Vanishing Season  Midlife  An Unkindness of Ghosts
     All the Stars in the Heavens  The Martian  Chimera
       The Gatekeepers  

    Want more recommendations?  Click here for previous What We're Reading posts. 

    Please let us know what books you've been reading that you've really enjoyed.  We're always looking for our next great read!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
    by Cindy H | Apr 27, 2018
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    Chessy Prout was just 15 years old when a popular, well-respected senior boy at her private boarding school sexually assaulted her. This book is her story of trying to come to terms with what happened to her, seeking justice, and ultimately figuring out how best to live her life as a survivor. At times the story is difficult to take in; Chessy endures a long and invasive legal process and trial, name-calling, constant doubts of her honesty, the loss of friends, and isolation from the school community that she and her family once held dear. Ultimately, it is a highly inspirational story about how she decided to stand up for her rights in the face of adversity, and inspire other survivors to do the same.

    I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Chessy herself. I found this very powerful, to hear the story not only through her words, but in her voice. Although it is horrific what happened to Chessy, it is worth hearing because of how prevalent sexual assault is in our society. It took a lot of bravery for Chessy to come forward with her story. The majority of survivors do not report what happened to them to the police, and after learning about the criticism and bullying Chessy faced as a result of her pursuing justice, it is not surprising that many people choose to keep silent. Although with campaigns such as #metoo becoming prevalent in our culture, there is still a long way to go in teaching young women and men that they have a right to have their bodies respected. I would encourage every teenager, parent, and concerned citizen to learn about Chessy and other survivors' stories.

    This book is available in print and as an audiobook at the library, and as an ebook on Overdrive.
    by Cindy H | Apr 27, 2018
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    Did you know that arson is the number one most expensive property crime in the United States, and that many of those fires are caused by children and teens? More than 7,100 youth-set fires occur every year, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, and often tragic injuries and even death. Although some of the fires are unintentional, many are not. It is important to learn about this prevalent problem and how to protect your family and property.

    Fire fighter Dave Meadows and mental health counselor Michael Slavkin, experts from the Allen County Juvenile Firesetting Taskforce, will be visiting the Aboite Branch Library on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:00-7:00 PM to give an interactive presentation for children, teens, and parents. Don't miss this opportunity!

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to call Cindy Harter, Aboite Branch Youth Librarian, at 260-421-1310.
    by Kayla W | Apr 27, 2018

    Playstation 4 Videogame Recommendation: Divinity: Original Sin: Enhanced Edition


    (Grave Marker): “Here lies Master Ragequin's second apprentice. Killed by dying”

     

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    Alright.  I don’t often decide, part of the way through anything, that I NEED to spread the word about it immediately.  The end could be a complete mess that negates the whole experience that came before it (I’ve been burned before on that front).  But forgive me, because this game is just… special.  And I want you folks to play this before the much-celebrated sequel makes its appearance on game consoles this August (it’s so well loved on computer and it’s won many industry awards, to the point where many have called it one of the best CRPGs ever made).   The first game is no slouch, either.  It’s good.  Really good.

    It also happens to be a game that you don’t have to play alone.  Well, it’s not that I don’t also have the Role Playing Game staple of party members as I go questing through the deeply engaging world of surprisingly lighthearted and hilarious Cyseal.  The interesting thing is that this game can, in fact, be co-op.  And not in an online manner. You can choose to play this top-down, tactical RPG all the way through with a buddy, sitting next to you on our couch.   Staring at the same television, sharing the same bowl of popcorn.  Probably at some point threatening your friend because they set you on fire again.  I think the fact that various screens in game depict two characters holding hands should be taken as a sign of the developer’s attitude of playing with a friend or significant other.  They want you to have fun with someone else.

    It’s a glorious experience, and might be considered remarkable enough to merit it being played for that reason alone.  The great thing about Larian Studios’ game is that it’s remarkable any way you slice it. Even if you would prefer to play it alone, I would recommend this game in the same breath that I would recommend the equally as remarkable (sans the couch co-op) Pillars of Eternity

    This is a top-down game that may bring you back to an older CRPG experience (a computer RPG experience, that is) which features a unique battle system that transforms the real time gameplay into a tactical, turn-based battle system. All the way through, the game forces you to make interesting decisions when it comes to what you’re doing and the best way to handle any situation.  That may mean having someone sneak up on an enemy, then strategically having your buddy – either a party member or your co-op partner – dropping in on the fun, perhaps after taking a cheap shot at an enemy.  Or deciding whether to set off a poison cloud on a group of enemies, only to later set the whole thing on fire for a fantastic explosion, then chase it by summoning a rain cloud to douse the charred bones of those monsters that tried to get between you and your quest reward. 

    This is a game of exploration, experimentation, and reading.  Like, a lot of reading.  You’re going to be turning rooms upside-down, looking for clues and loot, deciding who gets what, crafting – basically throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.  For the most part, even the more frustrating moments are often punctuated with interesting characters and with a typically lighthearted, oftentimes silly story that leans hard on its writers’ intelligence.  And the joy with discovering the answer to a puzzle together is a great one, as is planning out how you’re going to sneak past a group of vigilant monsters who’ve turned the countryside into a fireball – or from a group of pesky bandits who keep unleashing a volley of arrows on you from a hidden position on the cliffs above you.  Also, what the heck’s going on with those Douglas Adams’ nightmares in the form of statues telling gullible people that they have given them the ability to fly – and these people quickly take a dive off of a nearby cliff to their deaths? 

    Playing the game had me figuring out how to put a fire out on a ship in a dock (I threw a PHENOMENALLY huge water balloon at the thing), deciding the fate of the friendliest and wordiest sentient clam in all of fiction (I found out later that you could have chosen to eat him(!)), and trying to help a talking head named Nick escape the fate of being a sideshow attraction and hopefully return him to his body (he became a zombie that was usable as a summon spell).  

    I don’t know about you, but I would take these beginning few hours that I’ve spent in Divinity with my S.O over the on-rail experience that most RPGs have left me with.

    Kayla loves all things weird, wonderful, and macabre.  Her soul’s in writing, and her hobbies include gaming, watching movies and television shows, reading anything and everything. Her black cat’s TOTALLY, 100%, not evil.

    by Dawn S | Apr 25, 2018
    Monday was the Grabill Library's last Homeschool STEM Workshop for the school year.

    We had a blast learning a little about material engineering and then getting creative with construction techniques. Take a look!

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    Homeschool classes are winding down at the libraries this spring, but the Summer Learning Program is just getting into full gear! Learn more about how to participate here. Check out what programs we've got in the works for May, June, and July by browsing our online calendar. Remember to change the date range and other limiters to get to all the good stuff!
    by Emily M | Apr 23, 2018
    Looking for a book recommendation?  Look no further!  Here are a few good books I've enjoyed lately...

    life among the savagesBook Review: Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson

    Shirley Jackson is best known for her haunting short story The LotteryThe Lottery, however, couldn’t be more different from Life Among the Savages - a comedic take on the domestic chaos of motherhood.  Published in 1952, Life Among the Savages is a compilation of autobiographical essays written for various women’s magazines.  The premise is simple: Jackson, her husband, and their two young children leave New York City and buy an old farmhouse in Vermont.  Over the next six years two more children are added to the family and shenanigans ensue.  Whether recounting her daughter’s inability to complete any task without including seven imaginary daughters of her own, or the perils of childbirth, or the Herculean task of getting the children dressed, fed, and to school on time each day, Jackson tells tales of everyday life with warmth and self-deprecating humor. 

    theactorslifeBook Review: The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

    Like most of America, I loved Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly on NBC’s The Office, so I was excited when I found out she had written a book.   The Actor’s Life is a guide on to how to make it as an actor, something I have no intention of doing, but I still found it to be a really enjoyable read.  First, it was really fascinating to see how one even goes about becoming an actor.  Second, Fischer shared a lot of amusing stories about her own experiences, so much so, that, in many ways, The Actor’s Life reads like a memoir.  Fischer has an easy, charming writing style that made this book a quick and enjoyable read.  If you have any interest in working as an actor, I would definitely recommend this book, but it’s also great for anyone who is a Jenna Fischer fan. 

    whataliceforgotBook Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

    Alice is 29 years old.  She adores her husband, is best friends with her sister, and is pregnant with her first child.  Then one day she regains consciousness after a fall, only to discover ten years have passed and she has no memory of them.  She is now 39 years old.  She has three children she cannot remember, a strained relationship with her sister, and is in the middle of a nasty divorce.  Perhaps most frightening for Alice is not that she doesn’t recognize the people around her, but that she doesn’t recognize herself. 

    What Alice Forgot is one of those books that you can read in one sitting.  What has happened in the past ten years to cause such drastic changes in Alice’s life is slowly revealed to her, and therefore the reader, in drips and drops, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down because I was eager to find out what had happened. 

    What about you?  What good books have you read lately?


    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

     

    by Angie N. | Apr 20, 2018

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    Do you hear that?
    Sounds like YOU designing and building cool musical instruments to take home and play. Come see what rockin’ instruments you can create from things like plastic spoons, beans, cardboard tubes, paper plates, and more. We’ll be having some creative rhythmic fun you won’t want to miss during our next Design It! Program at the Main Library in Children’s Services on Wednesday, April 25 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

    by Angie N. | Apr 18, 2018

    April is designated as National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate poets, their poems, all the poems you love, and the poet in you! Listed below are seven ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month.

    1. Pick a poet whose work you’ve never read and check out a volume of their poetry from the library.
    2. Create an anthology of your favorite poems. Pick your favorite poems, type them up or write them down and create a book to keep, so you can read them again and again. Leave room to add more poems in the future.
    3. Send a favorite poem to a friend via text, email or in a letter.
    4. Write a poem of your very own.
    5. Record yourself reading poetry aloud, your favorites or the ones you’ve written.
    6. Illustrate a poem or two.
    7. Watch videos of poets reading their work.
    What are some other ideas for celebrating poetry? Come on into the library and check out some great volumes of poems, both old and new. 

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    by Evan | Apr 18, 2018


    You've got this thing about Kroger. Or Google. Or  Acme Anvils. Whatever, there's this company you want to research and/or contact because you like/hate what they do and you may want to invest in them or write a letter of hot and detailed complaint.

    So, you want names and addresses of top executives, maybe even emails.You want to see how they're doing in the stock market, what the recent news is about them, whether they are in any legal trouble.

    The library is here to help. We subscribe to LexisNexis Library Express, and you can use it freely. (It's actually a triple-threat database. Besides business information, it has a database for news stories going back 40 years and another one for legal cases and articles. But today we're talking business.)

    You can reach the database by scrolling down from this link to our website. If you are in one of our libraries, it will open automatically; if you are elsewhere, you'll need to enter your library card number. Either way, you'll open up access to a great deal of corporate information. 

    Using it might require a little patience. For instance, it rewards spelling on a what-you-give-is-what-you-get basis. That's why when I typed in Proctor & Gamble it gave me almost 30 results but not the big headquarters in Cincinnati. Evidently a lot of other people besides me misspell the company name. Type Procter instead of Proctor and wonders await you.. 

    As for Google, when you search for it on LexisNexis and don't find the data you want, be sure to notice the line that says Top-level. That's code for parent company. Google hid itself behind the corporate name Alphabet Inc. a few years ago, but Lexis-Nexis will help you figure that out. 

    Of course, the database gives more information about publicly traded companies than private ones, so Acme Anvils won't show as much. But there's a lot of authoritative data there -- and some of it is not the kind you will easily find on corporate websites. So, dig deep and prosper. 


    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Emily M | Apr 16, 2018

    In conjunction with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's April 28th performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony, the Allen County Public Library will be displaying photographs, lithographs, posters, and other documents related to the siege of Leningrad.  The exhibit will be located outside the Art, Music & Media Department at the Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne.  For information on the Library’s hours and additional details, please visit www.acpl.info or call (260) 421-1200.  The display will run through June 30.

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    by sm | Apr 16, 2018

    The books listed here are  new teen romance novels to read for the cold days of April...

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    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

     

    by Becky C | Apr 16, 2018
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    Children of Blood and Bone Nevertheless  Empress of a Thousand Skies 
     Blood of a Thousand Stars  Kindred  Its Better Than It Looks
     Getting Rid of Bradley  Neverwhere  The Cuckoos Calling
     Herland  Summer Hours at the Robbers Library  Life Reimagined
     The Nightingale  The Templars  The Song of Susannah


    Want more recommendations?  Click here for previous What We're Reading posts. 

    Please let us know what books you've been reading that you've really enjoyed.  We're always looking for our next great read!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Emily M | Apr 14, 2018
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    For the last several years, ACPL users have been able to access music at home on their computers or mobile devices for free using Freegal. Users can download five songs a week (and keep them forever!) and stream three hours of music per day.  For those of you who are already using Freegal, you may have noticed some recent changes to their website and app.

    Freegal's new interface is intuitive and clean, to support easier use. It's now simpler to explore Freegal's 15 million songs with over 100 curated playlists to meet every whim and mood. Previous users can use their same credentials as on the old site, and all playlists and stored music have been preserved.

    If you haven't had a chance to explore Freegal, now is a great time to check it out! 

    by Becky C | Apr 13, 2018
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    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the March issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries next month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Which of these catches your eye? 


    Fiction coming to the collection May 2018

    Some Trick  A View of the Empire at Sunset  Warlight
     A Handful of Ashes  How It Happened  Exit Strategy
     Head On  Taste of Wrath  The Bride Takes a Groom
     Sorority  The Ensemble  The Lonely Witness
     Last Instructions  Obscura  In Dust and Ashes
     Armistice  To the Moon and Back  Last Stories
     Spring  Wade in the Water  Alter Ego
     The Long Silence  Flowers and Foul Play  the Queen of Sorrow
     How to Forget a Duke  The Optimistic Decade  The Favorite Sister
     The Council of Twelve  Dead Pretty  Star of the North
     How Far Shes Come  A Devil of a Duke  The Prince
       Send Down the Rain  

    Nonfiction coming to the collection May 2018

    Figures in a Landscape Denmark Veseys Garden  Killing King 
     The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs  A Burger to Believe in  Project Fire
     How to Change Your Mind  How To Be a Perfect Christian  Training in Tenderness
     A Brotherhood of Spies  Calypso  The Perfectionists
     The Cooks Atelier  Aspergers Children  Barracoon
     Tailspin  Im Still Here  


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Cindy H | Apr 13, 2018
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    Olivia is an expert at finding lost things. Whenever a neighbor's glasses, keys, wallet, or pet goes missing they contact Olivia because she is sure to find what they've lost. The only thing Olivia can't seem to find is her brother's toy ostrich. Jacob has autism and it seems like ever since his ostrich went missing things have been getting more difficult for him; he's been more stressed and having increasing emotional melt-downs. Olivia just wants things to go back to the way they used to be, before the ostrich went missing.

    When the zoo comes to their town, Olivia and Jacob decide to go check it out. Jacob is hoping to see lions, tigers, or bears and chants it over and over on their way to the zoo. When they get there, however, there are no lions, tigers, or bears. The last animal to be unloaded is an ostrich. Jacob goes into a frenzy that incites the stares of the zoo employees. Olivia eventually convinces Jacob to calm down enough so they can go home, but she knows she needs to find his toy soon before things get worse.

    With the help of a new friend, the zookeeper's son Charlie, Olivia searches the entire town for the ostrich. In the meantime, Jacob's outbursts get worse and at times violent. Will Olivia and Charlie be able to find the ostrich before something drastic happens?

    This story really explores how having a loved one with a condition like autism impacts the entire family. Olivia's parents struggle with ensuring Jacob has the attention and care he needs, while still allowing Olivia her autonomy. I think the author does a good job at creating an entertaining and at times surprising story with realistic characters. There are some stressful situations that may be difficult for younger children, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about autism and how it can affect a family.

    This book is available in print at the library. Click here to place it on hold!
    by Emily M | Apr 12, 2018
    hooplaHoopla is a fantastic way for ACPL patrons to access movies, music, ebooks, and audiobooks from home on their computer or mobile device for free!  Like all technology, Hoopla is continually changing and we would like to keep you updated on a few recent and upcoming changes.   

    New Additions
    Hoopla now supports streaming to Amazon Fire TV 3rd Generation and Chromecast Ultra.

    In the next few weeks Hoopla will begin support for Amazon Alexa devices, including Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show.


    On the Way Out
    Hoopla is phasing out support for Apple iOS9 (including iPad Mini and iPhone 4s).  They are still working at this time but there will be no future updates.

    Hoopla is also eliminating support for Internet Explorer 11.  If you normally use Internet Explorer 11, Hoopla recommends using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.


    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  Explore Hoopla here or talk to library staff for more information.


    by Dawn S | Apr 11, 2018

    Celebrate National Library Week with this amazing new book all about the power of creativity.


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    What If...
    by Samantha Berger and Mike Curato

    When you want to create, what if you don't have a pencil, or a brush, or paints? You can create with nature, leaves and snow, or with words, songs and chants, or with light, shadows and shapes. This story is told by a girl full of ideas and beauty who will ALWAYS find a way to create.

    Young readers will love the rhythm of the words and the fantastic collage artwork. Mike Curato's pictures combine photographs of real things, like Lego towers and flowers, with drawings of the character and other parts of her world. The mix is magical and reinforces the countless ways of being creative.

    Celebrate National Library Week, grab some new books, and enjoy all the creativity the world of libraries has to offer!

    by Kayla W | Apr 11, 2018

              You made me hate myself. Well, I like myself now. – Willard Stiles

    Movie Review: Willard

    willardLet’s talk about rats.   They certainly have an interesting and varied history with humanity, and something you may not know is that they’re actually a major reason why Jaws is seen as one of the most iconic of villains to ever grace the silver screen.  Yes, it’s true – Willard made its American audience hungry for more “animals attack” movies, and was so widely acclaimed that it paved the way for more films featuring the evils of our animal brethren to be released throughout the seventies.   I feel safe in assuming that if not for the Iago-like scheming rat, Ben, we might never have had our Universal Studios’ famous great white shark.

    In spite of that, Willard has become a (mostly) forgotten-about cult darling, having been underlooked – around the time we went from film to VHS to DVD.  For the longest time, if you wanted a story about a man and his rats, you would have to watch the re-make, featuring Crispin Glover absolutely devouring the scenery amidst a sea of his rat friends.  Not a bad fate (in fact, that movie was the first film my S.O. and I ever watched together alone – which somehow still managed to be romantic, in spite of the content of the movie), but anyone who’s wanted to see the truly solid and unforgettable original has been out of luck – unless they own a VHS copy and a player.   Cue Shoutfactory, who only just last year released this utterly strange movie on crisp Blu-ray and DVD. 

    So, what is the movie about?   I once heard the creators of the cult classic Tucker and Dale Versus Evil describe their movie as a romantic tale that happens to feature a bad incident involving a woodchipper, and in a similar tongue-in-cheek manner, I would describe Willard as a tale of a boy and his rats with a few minor incidents related to a seriously terrible office job. 

    To describe it more fully, Willard features a man who appears to have a case of Peter Pan syndrome, not aided in the least by the lead actor’s boyish features, or by his style of acting, which brings to mind more often than not a child on the verge of throwing a tantrum.   It’s his attitude and obvious, childish desire to escape his responsibilities that make the character of Willard Stiles different from the escapist fantasy stories that veer towards saving a male character from his fate of emasculation at the hands of a cold social structure or overbearing female characters.  We're introduced to the title character through his home life via a birthday party thrown for him in his spacious, decrepit home (with the party guests all being his mother’s friends).  There we also meet his gleefully opportunistic and bullying boss, played perfectly and memorably by an eternally devious Ernest Borgnine. Not soon after, we see the rat infestation that has taken over the run-down backyard garden in the back of Willard’s home.   At first deeming the infestation to be yet one more chore to further weigh the child-like man down with responsibility, Willard soon discovers that he has an affinity for the rats and that they respond well to training and affection.

    What happens next I will leave to the imagination, but if kitschy seventies style and bizarro animal action is something you’re interested in, you won’t be disappointed by this strange trip of a movie.

    The ACPL has multiple copies of the cult classic on Blu-Ray, and the movie is based on a book, known as Ratman’s Notebooks.  

    Kayla loves all things weird, wonderful, and macabre.  Her soul’s in writing, and her hobbies include gaming, watching movies and television shows, and reading anything and everything. Her black cat’s TOTALLY, 100%, not evil.