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Friday, September 4, 2020

In Memoriam: Chadwick Boseman

Written by Jon Williams

The entertainment world was stunned last weekend by the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman after a long private battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Boseman got an early start on a career in film and television. He got a degree in directing from Howard University, where Phylicia Rashad was one of his teachers and Denzel Washington was a benefactor. He began on the small screen with bit parts in shows like Law & Order, CSI:NY, and ER. In 2008 he appeared in his first big-screen role in The Express. However, he stayed mostly on television for the next few years, landing recurring and regular roles on the shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown (both currently unavailable), one more one-shots on shows like Castle and Justified (Season 2 unavailable).

His star rocketed to the top for good with his first starring role. In 2013, he played Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, in 42. (Coincidentally, the day he passed, August 28, was the date MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day this year.) He then went on to play other Black icons: James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up, and Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, in 2017’s Marshall.

While Boseman achieved praise for portraying each of those larger-than-life, real figures from American history, the greatest portion of his fame came from his role as a fictional king. T’Challa, the superhero Black Panther, was created by Marvel Comics in 1966; Boseman brought him to the silver screen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. The character got his own standalone adventure in 2018’s Black Panther, detailing T’Challa’s coronation as King of Wakanda and the first threat to his rule. Boseman played him again in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Black Panther (#4), Infinity War (#5), and Endgame (#2) are currently three of the top five grossing films of all time at the domestic box office.

Chadwick Boseman’s final film role was in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on a play detailing a recording session for blues musician Ma Rainey; release plans for the movie are still up in the air. In the meantime, make sure to have his work available for patrons who want to celebrate this phenomenally talented actor. Click on the links above, or SmartBrowse his name on our website to find more.

Monday, April 20, 2020

CVS Midwest Tape Is Here for Libraries

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS Midwest Tape is currently unable to ship physical product. Our staff is working remotely in the meantime, and is available to take your order.

We will commence shipping as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. We will not ship any product without confirming with you that your library is open for product delivery.

If you have any questions, or any way we can better assist you, please contact your account representative at 866.698.2231.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

hoopla Introduces FREE Bonus Borrows

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic weighs heavily on our communities, schools, and libraries. hoopla Digital is thinking of our library partners and our patrons as we navigate this together.

With so many libraries and schools closed, and millions of Canadians staying at home, access to digital content and education has taken on an even greater importance. CVS Midwest Tape, hoopla Digital, and Dreamscape are committed to helping this content remain accessible.

The hoopla Digital team has created a special Bonus Borrows collection of over 1,100 of our top titles, including new releases and hoopla favourites. This will help our partner Libraries continue to provide high-quality content and resources to their community, at no cost to their systems.

As part of the CVS Midwest Tape commitment to our Library partners and their communities, hoopla Digital and Dreamscape, the Library-First Publisher, are funding the costs associated with the hoopla Bonus Borrows program.

This curated collection highlights several of hoopla’s top-circulating titles and includes enriching content designed to help families take care of themselves at this time, and maybe learn a new skill, with guides on stress management, DIY activities, cookbooks, home fitness, and homeschool education. You can view the curated collection here.

Dreamscape titles in this collection include titles from New York Times bestselling authors like Lisa Jewell and Martha Grimes and award-winning books and video like The Kiss Quotient (Goodreads’ Romance Book of the Year) and Drum Dream Girl (ALA Carnegie Medal winner).

Bonus Borrrows titles are available for unlimited borrows and will have no impact on patrons’ regular monthly borrowing limit. In addition to these titles, they will also continue to have regular access to hoopla’s collection of over 750,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music albums, comics, and more.

We know reading and other forms of home entertainment can provide immense comfort in times of uncertainty. We remain committed to providing top content in our hoopla Digital collection. Thank you to all our Library partners and your continued impact on your communities even in these difficult times.

Please give us a call at 1-866-698-2231 or email if there is anything we can assist you with—our Customer Service team is working remotely and ready to help with your needs.