10/05/2016 - 5:12pm
Campfire Ghost Stories for Adults

Darkness, the glow of a fire, hot chocolate, and ghost stories . . .

Nothing quite evokes Halloween like a scary story around the campfire. If you dare, join professional storyteller Judith Onesty of The Tell Tale Hearts as she tells spooky tales around the (faux) campfire at the England Run Branch on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00.

To get you in the mood, check out these scary book lists:

10/05/2016 - 1:18pm
Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book

During October, I start finding drawings of jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, bat attacks and grotesque witches all over the house, which my kids draw in anticipation of Halloween. Some of these spooky scenes are quite elaborate, and we hang them up to do double-duty as Halloween decorations. Therefore, when I saw that we had recently added the new Ralph Masiello’s Halloween Drawing Book to our collection at the library, I put it on hold right away so our family could check it out.

09/30/2016 - 9:58am

Many people find one of the most enjoyable aspects of Halloween to be the myriad creatures associated with it. Legendary villains such as Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and zombies of all stripes emerge on or about October 31st in the forms of costumes, films, and books. America’s tendency to associate such creatures with Halloween is so embedded in our culture that we frequently forget that most of these creatures—or at least the versions of them we best remember—are relatively recent creations that are often less than two centuries old. This series explores the origins and evolution of Halloween’s and Hollywood's best-loved ghouls and beasts.

09/28/2016 - 1:57pm
Halloween Is Here!

October brings a month chock-full of Halloween events for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for a costume parade or chill-inducing stories, the library has you covered!

Halloween Costume Swap 
Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you! Drop off your clean, intact, and stain-free costume at the Salem Church Branch children's desk anytime from September 23 to October 7. For each costume donated, you will receive a swap voucher to be redeemed at the swap on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 to 11:00. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated to Loisann's Hope House.

Fabulous Friday: Monster Transformation
Local actors Gene and Linda Nesbitt transform your face into a monster's! Grades K-6. Snow Branch, Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:15.

Halloween Craft
Create a decorative Halloween craft with materials from nature! Grades K-6. Montross Branch, Thursday, October 20, 6:30.

10/05/2016 - 1:25pm

You want to make Halloween sweet and spooky fun for your family. But you’re too clever (and too strapped for time and cash) to make a plan that will haunt your wallet and your sanity. You need Better Homes and Gardens’ Halloween: 101 Frightfully Fun Ideas.

10/13/2015 - 9:42am

Get the creepy crawlies with R. L. Stine. He's a master of conjuring things that go bump in the dark—and lurk in dark waters. In The Curse of Camp Cold Lake, Sarah has found a way to get even with her mean bunkmates, but she's the one who's in for a shock. Think you're beyond all that? So did Courtney. She tells everybody how brave she is, and Eddie is tired of it. He knows there's one thing she is afraid of. The monsters at Muddy Creek. Too bad for Eddie that Courtney is right again in You Can't Scare Me

Welcome to R.L. Stine's world. It's easy to make friends here. But they're usually the wrong kind of friends.

02/11/2013 - 3:20pm

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider
to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you
are there."

--Mary Howitt's classic poem, The Spider and the Fly

From this spider's dread invitation to the silly fly to J.R.R. Tolkien's mammoth spider-being Shelob, these eight-legged wonders have developed a nasty reputation. But spiders are a part of nature and have many fine qualities.

07/22/2015 - 3:31pm

A young girl and her cat enter a dark, old, ramshackle house. Ghosts are waiting for her there. As she opens the door they all fly out. This is where the fun begins in Kazuno Kohara’s Ghosts in the House!

The book dodges a potentially frightening situation by having the little girl don a witch hat and immediately contain the ghosts. She washes them out and uses them as helpful household items like tablecloths and curtains. Our main character is not only brave, but friendly too, and the ghosts enjoy assisting her throughout her daily tasks.
The charm of the book comes from the simple text combined with bold illustrations. The limited use of color (orange, black, and white) allows the pictures to jump off the page and create a powerful Halloween world for you to enter. White ghosts have a texture and dimension as if someone had stamped them onto the pages with a wood block. All of these stylistic choices make the book feel like a hidden gem from the 1950’s, when really it was only published a couple of years ago. Kohara followed her debut picture book with one that may be worth checking out in a couple of months, the equally delightful Here Comes Jack Frost.
Looking for a children’s book that will evoke the spooky fun of Halloween without scaring the younger ones? Kazuno Kohara’s Ghosts in the House! has it all.
09/17/2015 - 10:15am

Did you know that Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays? It has gone through many changes, but was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), marking the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st). The druids believed that ghosts and spirits roamed the earth at this time, and they lit bonfires as protection.

10/21/2009 - 2:42pm

First Test (Book One of the Protector of the Small series) by Tamora Pierce

No Girls! Go Home! You Won't Last!

As Kel surveyed the damage done to her room-- mattresses, sheets, and blankets strewn everywhere, desk drawers dumped out onto the floor, wall hangings sliced with a glaive, and that message scrawled so plainly on the plaster walls, she knew the battle to be accepted as page was just beginning.

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