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Dame Judi Dench learns a poem or new word every day to keep her mind active.   Neuroscience shows that reading stimulates the brain and creates empathy in readers.  We challenge you to take what we’re calling the Judi Dench Challenge: read a new poem or book this week and give it your deep attention – it’s good for you!

We have several poetry books and collections, start around 811 in the stacks and browse.  You could also check out the Poem-A-Day website, which will deliver a poem everyday to your inbox (run by Poets.org).  In 813 there are short story collections if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet.  Or, try a novel in verse like The Marlowe Papers, Triangles,  or Only Revolutions to read something a little bit different.

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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week are all 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 anything by Joe Hill. Some recommendations of his work for you are NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts, and Heart-Shaped Box.  He also wrote Horns which has a movie coming out soon.

We have his works in multiple formats, so if you’re looking for large type or an audio book, check our catalog to see if we have it.


NOS4A2: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Apr 30, 2013 by William Morrow
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Horns: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 16, 2010 by William Morrow
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20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

Published: Oct 04, 2007 by William Morrow
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Heart-shaped Box: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 01, 2007 by William Morrow
Find in the Library


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Are you ready to see some free movies?  Next are Edge of Tomorrow (Oct. 24) and Being Again (Nov. 7).

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Tomorrow, Friday October 24, we are showing Edge of Tomorrow at 2 pm in the Community Room.

The epic action of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material; 113 minutes.

Registration is requested.

 

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On Friday, November 7, we are showing Begin Again at 2 pm in the Community Room.

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually trans-formative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

Rated R for language; 104 minutes.

Registration is requested.

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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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