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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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What have you been reading

Next week is Teen Reads Week! What does this mean? We want you to accept our challenge of reading any book of your choosing next week.  Tell us on Facebook if you liked it, hated it, or … you tell us.

No idea what to read?  You can check out last years Top 10 Teen Reads (picked by teens like you), take a suggestion from one of our Staff Pick Bookmarks, or try YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app (available for Android and Apple)!

Don’t forget to vote for THIS year’s Teen Top 10 List too!

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It’s apple picking season! If you don’t know where to go, don’t worry. One of our staffers found some of the best local farms in NJ for you to visit! Come in and check out the display and/or visit our special Apples page, which you can also find through our homepage!

Here’s a great list of fall festivals you can also take advantage of (and here’s one that’s more targetable).   Don’t forget to check out our calendars to see what we have going on as well.

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Join in the American Library Association’s Library Card Contest! Here’s the basics, and go to their site for full details!

“September is Library Card Sign-up Month and we want to know how you use your library card to learn, explore, or even just to relax.  Or maybe your library card just makes you want to shout, “Excelsior,” like our Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month and legendary comic book creator, Stan Lee.

Share why you value your library card using our Library Card Sign-up Month word balloons or create your own. Creativity is encouraged!   Share on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #LibraryCardSignUp or add to our “My Library Card…” Flickr Group between September 2-23, 2014. All participants will be entered in a drawing for a comic book prize package.”

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