Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Long ago when comic books were comic books, Archie Comics were among the most popular--and they still are today. Archie has been around since 1941. But my favorite comic book character from the 50's was Katy Keene, starlet and model. I don't remember any of the stories, but I remember the Fashions. Readers could design their own outfits for Katy and she would wear them in the comic book, with the designer name acknowledged. Now, I actually never sent any designs in, but I did try my hand at drawing some outfits.

The character is coming back in her own new comic and, once again, readers are being asked to submit their own designs for the character to wear. Aspiring fashion designers should check it out.

Although the Elk Grove Library doesn't have any Katy Keene titles, there are a few Archie and/or friends items available:

Betty & Veronica Summer Fun (YA 741.5 ARC)
Monster Pack (J HOLIDAY DVD MONS )
Archie & the Riverdale Vampires (J HOLIDAY VHS ARCH)

Saturday, July 01, 2006


On June 14, the Library of Congress announced that Donald Hall was the new National Poet Laureate, succeeding Iowa native Ted Kooser. Some of Hall's poems can be found at Famous Poets and Poems. More information about him, including interviews and bibliographies, can be found at Poets.org.

The Elk Grove Village Public Library has several of his poetry collections, including:

Seasons at Eagle Pond (811.54 HAL)

The One Day: A Poem in Three Parts (811.54 HAL)

The Painted Bed (811.54 HAL)

He has also written numerous children's books and prose works, as well as edited collections of poetry.