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Have you heard of All Hallows Read?  Started by Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and many more), it is the new literary Halloween tradition to give someone a scary book.  We love this idea, but also think it should be broadened to include reading a scary or spooky book, and we have plenty at the library!  Get in the spirit so you can recommend a scary story to your friends with confidence and try something new.

If you don’t know where to start, there are oodles of horror/scary/spooky book lists available on the internet.  We’ve gone through a bunch of these for you and created Staff Pick Spooky Bookmarks to give you some of the most popular in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction.  These include classics like the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as modern classics like Carrie, House of Leaves, Lockdown, Coraline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… and many more!  These bookmarks are located at the Circulation Desk, facing the Reference area.

If you want even more lists, here are some from around the internet:

-Common Sense Media has a list for kids and teens, graded by age

-Bookish‘s list of Scary Books for Every Reader

-Blog post by Gaming Angels includes a couple graphic novels as well – we have Locke and Key and The Walking Dead

-Highland Park Public Library‘s All Hallows Read list from 2011

-Tor’s All Hallows Read 2013 list

-All Hallows Read‘s own recommendations page with links to all sorts of lists, including recommendations from Neil Gaiman himself

If scary isn’t your thing, don’t worry.  We have plenty of other books for you, and other Staff Pick Bookmarks!

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Get ready for the great Halloween Events at the Library!  If you haven’t been in, you haven’t had a chance to grab one of our great handouts, located at the Circulation and Children’s Desks.  If you want more information on any of the events, please check out the Children’s Calendar where you can also see if registration is required.

Events start Wednesday and end on Halloween with 2 Trick or Treat sessions in the Library! Come Trick or Treat in your costumes and get great goodies!

 

October 22 (W) : 7-8 PM Fractured Fairy Tales for Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 26 (Su) : 2-3 PM Robert Rogers Puppets presents Hobnobbin’ Goblins Puppet Show (Community Room)

October 28 (T) : 7-7:45 PM Halloween Make & Take for Kids, Ages 4-11 (Children’s Program Room)

October 29 (W) : 6:30-8:30 PM Adult Murder Mystery Gala (Community Rm) – Currently full

October 29 (W) : 7-8 PM Halloween Surprise for Kids and Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 31 (F) : 11-11:45 AM & 3:30-4:30 PM Halloween Trick or Treat (Start in Children’s)

 

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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week will all be about spooktacular horror.   We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan, one of the best horror writers today. If you’ve already read The Red Tree, try The Drowning Girl, her most recent work.


The Red Tree

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Published: Aug 04, 2009 by Roc Trade
Find in the Library



The Drowning Girl

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Published: Mar 06, 2012 by Roc Trade
Find in the Library


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AT THIS TIME we are out of tickets.   However, someone may return their tickets, so if you are interested please check back. There is no waiting list.

Thank you to everyone who got their tickets so early for making it such a success!

Are you a fan of Sherlock? Clue? Or one of the many famous crime sleuthing heroes out there?   If so, come to our second Murder Mystery Gala and help solve the “Murder of the Mystery Detective”.  It will be a night of murder, intrigue and laughs as you gather clues to find the murderer.

So join us on October 29 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Community Room for this fantastic event!

This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be limited to two per person and cannot be reserved in advance. Tickets must be picked up in person during operating hours at the Reference Desk.

This is an adult event, but high school students are welcome to attend if interested.

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This week we have two great events you won’t want to miss!

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First, Wednesday we have a country music concert at 7 PM from Nash East.  They play both Honky Tonk and Today’s Country artists, while maintaining the integrity of the roots of country music. Enjoy an upbeat and lively evening with this all-star cast of professional country musicians as they play songs from six decades of country music. Registration is required, you may do so here.

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Sunday we’re hosting “Got Chickens?” at 1:30 PM, an educational program about raising backyard poultry.  Topics include care and feeding; illnesses; coop size and placement; predator control; choosing the right breeds; hatching chicks; introduction of new birds; proper handling; and more. Please note: this program  is for adults only and children will not be admitted.  Registration is requested, you can do so here and find out more information about this great event!

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