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!
- January 14, 2022
Now offering printable PDFs of titles in the Storytime Commons on demand!
- January 10, 2022
Check out the most frequently-used titles in the Storytime Commons last year.
- December 22, 2021
Reflecting on the first year of LibraryCall, appreciating our customers, and sharing new stories.
- December 13, 2021
New winter stories, Public Domain Day, and a free event.
- December 9, 2021
Press release announcing the hiring of Content Developer Lauren Kratz Prushko.
- December 2, 2021
Learn about LibraryCall's talented new Content Developer, Lauren Kratz Prushko. Lauren will be focusing on developing stories that reflect the diverse lives of children and families.
- November 23, 2021
Here's a list of winter and Thanksgiving stories available in the Storytime Commons to help our library customers schedule their upcoming stories.
- November 17, 2021
To show our gratitude for our customers, we are now offering unlimited minutes across all accounts.
- November 12, 2021
We're celebrating the first -- and wildly successful -- contribution of stories from Merced County Library to the Storytime Commons!
- November 4, 2021
Learn about outreach tools we provide to help libraries capitalize on the reach of their local media and schools.