Arrrrr you ready for pirates?September 19, 2023
ARRR!! Avast! Scurvy! … ummm, bilge?
There is a scene in Disney’s 2003 blockbuster “The Curse of the Black Pearl '' in which an experienced pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, and a total novice, William Turner, commandeer a British warship. As they charge up to the British sailors, young William gets caught up in the moment and shouts, “Avast!” – at which everyone bursts into laughter. Clearly, in this cinematic universe, that is not how pirates talk. And perhaps you too have tried to talk like a pirate, only to stumble after a few words on the realization that you don’t actually know many “pirate words.” Apparently, real pirates didn’t either! As much fun as it is to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th), the whole concept is based on, shall we say, revisionist history. Real pirates most likely just talked like everybody else. How boring!
Fortunately, the pirate genre in literature (and film) has never bothered much with historical accuracy, and far be it from us to break with tradition. And with that in mind: let's talk about our new pirate story!
Pirate Problems is our very first pirate story, written and narrated by Ryan Aoto. It centers on the short-tempered Captain Cross. Stranded on a deserted island with a broken boat and an incompetent crew, Captain Cross has sought solitude. He knows knows that blowing up at his crew could lead to mutiny. Yet, before long it becomes clear that without his guidance, they will never fix their ship and get off the island. Although irreverent and fun on a superficial level, the story addresses some serious topics: Teamwork. Sense of Duty. Selfishness. And of course Anger, and how to deal with it (or how not to).
Listen and share, Dial-A-Story mateys! Yo Ho Ho!
- May 12, 2022
We're here to support you with your Summer Reading and Storywalk programs. We also have some new recordings to share, including an adaptation of a Japanese folktale we commissioned to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
- April 27, 2022
LibraryCall attends the Texas Library Association Conference in Fort Worth and features a story about Bessie Stringfield, a motorcycle-riding, barrier-breaking African American woman.
- April 7, 2022
This article shares spring stories and terrible jokes.
- March 31, 2022
Reflections on our conversations with library staff at the 2022 Public Library Association conference in Portland, Oregon. How can we use LibraryCall technology to reach that last 10% of people who don't have broadband internet access? We also share some new stories and resources.
- March 21, 2022
LibraryCall is pleased to announce, as part of its ongoing effort to reflect and honor the diversity of all children and families, a new partnership with San Diego-based publisher Tolteca Press.
- March 14, 2022
LibraryCall is honored with a platinum Modern Library Award (MLA) for offering a top product in the library industry.
- March 9, 2022
Happy March! If you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day story to share with your community this month, check out two titles we’ve licensed from UK-based Storynory.com.
- February 24, 2022
Sharing information about free upcoming events for LibraryCall clients and new stories for Black History Month.
- February 11, 2022
February is Black History Month. Our talented content creator Lauren Kratz Prushko has been hard at work producing stories that celebrate the African diaspora and honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation.
- January 21, 2022
The Galecia Group is happy to announce the addition of Amanda Jacobs Foust to its growing team. Foust will serve as the Outreach and Accounts Manager for The Galecia Group’s Bookpoints and LibraryCall services, ensuring library clients continue to receive outstanding customer service as the company grows.