Library Column for October 24, 2018

@ Your Library

Be sure and come to the free concert at the library tonight, Wednesday, October 24th at 6pm with folk duo Curtis & Loretta as they sing original songs of Minnesota’s unsung heroes. Then meet one of those heroes. Peter Razor, of the Fond de Lac tribe will share his story and answer questions.  This 90 minute program is perfect for ages 12 and up. Refreshments provided.  The program is brought to us using funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Do you enjoy watching horror movies? Is Halloween your favorite time of year because there are so many scary movies available? Then try scary books many say the The Shining by Stephen King was much scarier than the movie. Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is considered the best haunted house story. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver is another book that is scarier than the movie. And of course no list would be complete without Carrie or Pet Sematary by Stephen King. So get your scares on for next week.

Kids can also enjoy being scared.  Here are a few titles that they may find right up their alley. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara is a fun story about a girl ridding her house of a ghost problem. The classic tale best read aloud with a scary voice The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything  by Linda Williams is sure to keep the youngsters looking for a scare enthralled. Older kids will enjoy Doll Bones by Holly Black as three friends from Pennsylvania set out on a real adventure to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. A mythical collection of stories from the woods of America is Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson with stories about Hodag, Gumberoo, Snoligoster, Billdad and more. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book won a Newbery award for best book of the year and yet it is spooky and fun. I found Neil Gaiman’s Coraline even spookier. England has plenty of scary architecture and The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier works with a crumbling manor house to keep one on the edge of their seat.

Teens that enjoy scaring themselves should be sure and tackle the classics like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or Dracula by Bram Stoker. Shirley Jackson’s penny dreadful We Have Always Lived in the Castle  is a gothic, psychological tale of a family and their fear inducing home. Older teens should check out The Fever by Megan Abbott. A great book followed by movie combination is A Monster Calls with the book written by Patrick Ness. Another book and movie option is Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Be sure and read the book first though. Let us know which you think is scarier, book or movie?

Next Wednesday, October 31st, any child who comes to the library in costume can pick out a free book to keep!