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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frightfully Fun Picture Books - Part 2

Now Halloween is just around the corner, and you can’t find a single picture book to share. What a nightmare! Well, walk on past the empty holiday shelves to find some monstrous books to read aloud. It’s a lucky thirteen title round-up!{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis (JP ARM)

A countdown of monsters, some meeting unfortunate ends, closes with a Halloween worthy twist.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Kristyn Crow (JP CRO)

A skeleton cat emerges from his grave ready to pursue his dream of being a drummer in a rock band. Crazy cat!{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Margery Cuyler (JP CUY)

It’s hard to get rid of the hiccups when you’re a skeleton who can’t try the usual tricks. Simple text, fun concept.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Chris Gall (JP GAL)

An unusual substitute makes for a school day like no other in this great read aloud choice for older kids.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Rebecca Emberley (JP EMB)

A classic song with a monster twist and bright, not-scary illustrations makes for a rousing preschool sing-along.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Joan Horton (JP HOR)

A whole world of mummies is explored in rhyming couplets and appropriately spooky illustrations.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Elizabeth Loredo (JP LOR)

This is a longer story about a skeleton who loves to dance and finds a way to take his passion beyond the graveyard.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Daniel J. Mahoney (JP MAH)

Starting school is hard for everyone, including little monsters learning to be scary. Boo!{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Amanda Noll (JP NOL)

When Ethan’s under-the-bed monster is on vacation, he looks for a new monster. If only he weren’t so picky…{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Susan Pearson (JP PEA)

A traditional action story gets an update with dark skies, spooky shadows and a ghostly graveyard.
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (JP REX)

Enjoy this fun parody of the classic book Goodnight Moon with a werewolf child and a trouble-making goon.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Rick Walton (JP WAL)

It’s way darker than Madeline, with most of the monsters losing their heads, but clever for older readers.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

by Arthur Yorinks (JP YOR)

A mean witch, a scarecrow child, evil magic, and a loving friend come to a happy ending in this suspenseful story.
- Pamela Wasserman Coughlan, Kings Park Library

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Read at Your Own Risk: Teen Horror Series

October is a month for costume-making, pumpkin spice lattes and horror movies. It also happens to be when we observe Teen Read Week, an annual celebration of reading for fun. And what's more fun than a good scare? Move over R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. These spine-tingling horror series will have you reading long into the dark and creepy night. Don't say we didn't warn you.

In Bad Girls Don't Die by Kate Alexander, Alexis' fairly typical teenage life takes a bizarre and frightening turn when her little sister Kasey starts behaving strangely, not at all like herself. Then there are the unexplained and unsettling events happening around their old, Victorian home. But no, she must be imagining things. Ghosts aren't real.

Does the thought of a sanatorium for the criminally insane get your heart racing? In Asylum by Madeleine Roux, Dan Crawford is among the students housed in an old psychiatric hospital at New Hampshire College Prep, a summer program for gifted students. Follow Dan and his new friends as they uncover the asylum’s dark secrets and allow yourself to get totally creeped out by the accompanying spooky photographs.

Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Like many in her family, Daisy Goodnight has a special talent. She can speak to the dead and sometimes uses her abilities to help the police solve cold cases. But when the FBI pulls her out of school to work on a murder/kidnapping, she gets kidnapped herself. Can she solve the mystery in time?

In The Devouring by Simon Holt, Reggie happens upon an old journal at the bookstore where she works and reads about Vours, evil demons that feed on fears and possess humans. Being an avid horror fan, she jokingly attempts to summon the Vour to predictably catastrophic results. Will she be able to face her fears and save her family?
If you find serial killers fascinating but want to stick to the YA section, give I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga a try. Jasper Dent has seen more of the dark side of humanity than anyone his age should. But that’s not very surprising considering he is the son of a notorious, imprisoned serial killer. When murders begin again in Lobo’s Nod, Jasper joins the police in the search for the killer to prove to everyone, including himself, that he is not his father.

Meet Benny Imura, apprentice zombie hunter, in Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Benny doesn’t want to work with his older brother, but he is 15 now and must either find a job or give up half of his rations. Tag along as he is forced to venture out from safety into the zombie apocalypse.

Do you need EVEN MORE scary books? Find recommendations from Neil Gaiman, Harper Collins, the Washington Post and more at All Hallows Read. All Hallows Read is a new tradition started by best-selling author Neil Gaiman where you give someone a scary book on or near Halloween. Follow the link to find out more.

-Rebecca Molineaux, George Mason Regional Library

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's a Library Jubilee! Celebrating 75 years of Service

Please join us on Saturday, October 18 from 5-8:30 pm at the City of Fairfax Regional Library for the 6th annual A Library Jubilee! This year’s goal is to raise $175,000 – funds that will help the Library Foundation support and strengthen our library. The Foundation helps the library purchase new materials, support special programs like the Ready to Read Early Literacy Outreach program and offer scholarship opportunities for staff and volunteers.  

The First Bookmobile
This year’s jubilee is truly a milestone celebration, marking the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary AND the 75th Anniversary of the library. Since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Fairfax County Free Library in 1939, the library has seen a lot of changes. This isn’t surprising, considering that the world in 1939 was on the cusp of tremendous change. It’s reflected in the bestseller list of that year.
The Cinderblock Library

The most popular books in 1939 include a look back at the 1930s American dust bowl in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and forward to the advent of WWII in Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Even the publishing world was getting ready to change with the launch of Pocket Books, the first mass-market paperback company in the United States.

The Film Library
Today’s library system has grown from a tiny cinderblock library on the County Courthouse grounds to 23 branches throughout the county. Library bookmobiles, shopping center kiosks, card catalogs and a reel-to-reel film library have come and gone.  Automation and technology have revolutionized the way we read, search and learn. But while services, buildings and technology may change, the relevance of our mission to “educate, enrich and empower our diverse community” remains strong. Stop by any library branch, and you’ll see our customers reading, browsing and getting help with homework. But you’ll also see people using technology to do everything from applying for jobs to learning how to download eBooks.
Children at the Cardinal School in Vienna
Libraries endure because they help share knowledge and ideas that enrich and illuminate our lives. They help everyone, regardless of background, income or education. 

So, come to the Jubilee, and share in the celebration; let’s get ready for another 75 years of sterling service.
-Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library