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Haunted Hotel Escape Room

Something Spooky is coming your way! Check out our October virtual escape room. Escape from The Haunted Hotel! But careful- the spirits who haunt this place may want you to stay for a while...Click on the Link to Enter:

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Broadcast Hysteria, October 30, 1938: War of the Worlds

On the night of October 30, 1938, 23-year-old Orson Welles conducted a radio broadcast of the H. G. Wells novel, The War of the Worlds, sending an innocent audience into the belief that there was actually an alien invasion taking place. Avid radio listeners across the U.S. heard a startling report of mysterious creatures and terrifying war machines moving toward New York City. Listeners bombarded police and radio stations and newspapers with calls and pleas throughout the night. If this was a planned publicity stunt, Welles would never admit to it. He would innocently go before the press the next day to say that he had no idea he would cause such a stir. By looking at the long forgotten script drafts and memories of Welles's collaborators - capturing behind-the-scenes chaos -- we can only point to the innocence of the participants . No one knowingly expected to deceive the listeners.

Could this happen again in today's environment? With the over abundance of online media and constant barrage of information from various sources, one would think that today's listeners would catch on quick to this type of deception. However, as topsy-turvy as the world has seemed in 2020, an alien invasion would not be far off the realm of possibility! To imagine an alien invasion, a reader needs only reach for a book. Whether it's the original War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells or Stephen King's take on extraterrestrial visitors, pick up a great Science Fiction novel this Halloween!

Childhood's end / Arthur C. Clarke.

Dreamcatcher : a novel / Stephen King.

Infected : a novel / Scott Sigler.

Invasion of the body snatchers / Jack Finney.

Live free or die / John Ringo.

Starship troopers / Robert A. Heinlein.

Stinger / Robert R. McCammon.

The taking / Dean Koontz.

The war of the worlds / H.G. Wells.

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Podcast Break: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

November is on the horizon, which means you need to be getting ready for NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month.  National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers (or students), mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

Want to get inspired to do some writing of your own?  I came across this podcast playlist in July.  It was put together to inspire summer writing, but I think it easily translates to the fall.

Kids Ask Authors: What Is Your #1 Advice for Young Writers?
ages 5-12, 7 minutes
Author Grace Lin hosts this podcast where authors with diverse backgrounds answer kids’ questions about writing. In this episode, Susan Tan, author of the “Cilla-Lee Jenkins” books, answers the question “What is your number one advice for young writers?” and, with Lin, provides encouraging guidance on where to begin. 

Buttons & Figs: Gorey Nonsense! with Author Lori Mortensen
ages 5-8, 27 minutes
Buttons & Figs is a witty, illuminating podcast about word play for kids. This episode focuses on the author Edward Gorey’s nonsensical writing and illustrations. He’s known for his dark, mysterious, and whimsical pen-and-ink drawings set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Author Lori Mortensen, who writes informational books for children and recently wrote a picture book biography of Gorey, shares what it was like to write the book and provides tips for coming up with anagrams and word play. 

Story Seeds: Heroes and Queens
ages 6-12, 30 minutes
Story Seeds is a collaborative effort in which children’s authors and kids write charming, creative short stories. Host Betsy Bird, librarian and blogger, does a clever job of crafting and narrating this episode, all about an electrifying cat heroine. Seven-year-old guest Cici and Aram Kim, author of No Kimchi for Me! and other books featuring cats, are a powerhouse team.

Kids Listen Activity Podcast: This Week in the Multiverse: Video Games from Other Earths
ages 8-12, 13 minutes
The Kids Listen Activity Podcast works like this: A member of Kids Listen, a network of podcast creators that make high-quality podcasts for kids, hosts an activity based on an episode from their podcast. In this episode, host S.G. Wilson provides ideas for world-tweaking, which is similar to world-building: You tweak today’s world a little bit to make something new. World-tweaking is an ideal concept for video games scripts or other formats that involve writing about new worlds.

Book Club for Kids: Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
ages 8-12, 21 minutes
Pre-coronavirus, a group of young readers from Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, D.C., spoke with from host Kitty Felde about Book 1 in the beloved “Amulet” fantasy graphic novel series. Actor Denny Collona reads a passage aloud in an animated, booming voice. Interviewed later, “Amulet” author Kazu Kibuishi shared his process of creating the graphic novels and why he thinks novels can bring calm during the pandemic. Felde expertly interweaves these strands into an episode packed with audio gems for librarians, teachers, and students, especially graphic novel aficionados.

Student Podcast Podcast: Episode 11, Vocabulary Podcasts, Going Deep on a Single Word
ages 10-13, 8 minutes
Monica Brady-Myervo, the host of the Student Podcast Podcast and founder of Listenwise, a listening library of podcast episodes and lessons for the classroom, interviews teacher Mary Beth Stevens and her fifth grade students from Cambridge (WI) Elementary School, who created 15 podcasts. The students share their work and describe how they put the podcasts together. The one spotlighted here, “One Word at a Time,” goes deep into the etymology of certain words.

Student Podcast Challenge: The Art of the Interview
ages 13-17, 9 minutes
This NPR-produced podcast is about creating podcasts. It assists teachers and students with making entries for NPR’s popular Student Podcast Challenge. The Challenge aims to amplify students’ voices, especially those who don’t feel as if they are being heard. This episode teaches how to write interview questions for a podcast. Listeners are taken inside the NPR newsroom to hear from the creators of the podcasts Code Switch and Throughline and learn what it takes to generate exemplary interview material and prepare and edit your work.

Write-Minded: Finding the Poetry of Your Story, featuring Elizabeth Acevedo
ages 14 and up, 34 minutes
Hosts Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press, and Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, reflect on the genre of poetry and where it stands. They interview Elizabeth Acevedo, a National Poetry Slam Champion and the National Book Award Winner for The Poet X, about her writing process and her latest book, Clap When You Land. Perfect for high schoolers in need of inspiration for telling their story in verse.

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In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn -- a sweet treat representing the bright colors of corn kernels. The original confection was made by hand using corn syrup, sugar, water, marshmallows, fondant and carnauba wax (a wax made from the leaves of a palm tree).  Modern candy makers produce the treat using machines, but they still use the original ingredients.  Not everyone is a fan of the seasonal candy.  Some folks love it; others hate it.  There's very little middle ground when it comes to candy corn opinions.  No matter what side of the debate you are on, here are some excellent ideas to help you celebrate National Candy Corn Day this Friday, October 30 !  

Halloween 2020 is all about the witches.  The Sanderson sisters are doing a virtual Hocus Pocus reunion, Roald Dahl's The Witches got a Robert Zemeckis movie update, and the publishing industry provided us with all of these great books!

Keep it creepy with a good book this Halloween

Trying to keep your Halloween 2020 safe? Why not stay home with a creepy read?  Nothing gets the heart a-pumpin' better than a spine-tingling tale of suspense, ghosts, zombies, haunted houses and unknown monsters.  As Stephen King once put it, "Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." Whether we can name our monsters or not, the library can provide a host of distractions that seem to come from all sides. Do you read scary stories for the adrenaline rush or the visceral reactions they illicit? Some even read these in hopes of vanquishing their own demons. By vicariously facing your fears in a novel, you're able to tame them or at least convince ourselves that they are not so dangerous.  So, for all you readers out there, keep it safe; keep it sane; read a book.  Danger doesn't linger on every corner.  It's just hanging out waiting for fear and horror to show up!

Bird box / Josh Malerman. 

The cabin at the end of the world : a novel / Paul Tremblay. 

Dracul / Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker.

The haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson.

The historian : a novel / Elizabeth Kostova.

The invited / Jennifer McMahon.

The little stranger / Sarah Waters.

Rebecca / Daphne Du Maurier.

The thirteenth tale : a novel / Diane Setterfield.

World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war / Max Brooks.

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Your Ghostly Guide to Good Books

Most folks like a good ghost story, especially around Halloween.  Looking for something new to give you the chills?  These novels and graphic novels featuring ghosts are so good it's scary!

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne (ebook on Overdrive)
Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol: Escape from the Roller Ghoster by Andrew Miedoso
Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas by William Lashner (audiobook on Hoopla)
The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentiss
Ghost Hog by Joey Weiser (ebook on Hoopla)
Ghost Hunter's Daughter by Dan Poblocki
The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
Ghoulia and the Ghost with No Name by Barbara Cantini (ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Haunting of Henry Davis by Kathryn Siebel
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Kingdom of Wrenly: A Ghost in the Castle by Jordan Quinn
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive & ebook on Hoopla)
Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee (ebook on Overdrive)




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Story (Screen)Time: Just a Little Spooky

Welcome to the ninth week of the Fall 2020 storytime season!  This week's theme is Just a Little Spooky.  Access the official handout for additional activities and book recommendations.  Supplies for this week's craft and hands-on activity are part of our Full Moon Fun-tivities pack.  These packs will be available for pickup at the Kid Zone desk all week long!  Remember, storytimes will post to our HPL Kids Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on each of these days. 

Off We Grow - Tuesday, October 27
Join Miss Lindsay, Mr Justin, and Miss Emma for fingerplays, a story about a brave singing cowboy, and an eye-moving mummy craft.
Featured book = Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Stories in Motion - Wednesday, October 28
Join Miss Anna Beth and Miss Alyssa for a move-along story about a brave old lady and some Koo Koo-style monster moves.
Featured book = The Little Old Lady Who Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams (audiobook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
Featured song = Monster Moves by Koo Koo Kanga Roo (Celebrate This! album)

Curious University - Thursday, October 29
Join Miss Traci and Miss Katie Jane for spooky facts, a hiccuping skeleton story, and an engineering project involving cotton swab bones.
Featured book = Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Featured activity =

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex (ebook on Hoopla)
The Big Book of Monsters by Hal Johnson (ebook on Hoopla)
Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell (ebook on Hoopla)
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega (ebook on Overdrive)
Monster and Son by David LaRochelle (ebook on Hoopla)
Peanut Butter and Brains by Joe McGee (ebook on Hoopla)
Trick or Treat: A Happy Haunter’s Halloween by Debbie Leppanen (ebook on Overdrive)

Don't forget to access the brand-new issue of Stroller Coaster, our early childhood newsletter!

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Virtual Field Trip: Bone Hall in the National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is located in Washington, D.C.  This Smithsonian Institution, like many museums during this time of pandemic, is closed to the public.  But you can tour their online galleries quite easily.  I highly recommend you explore Bone Hall, an exhibit devoted to a wide variety of skeletons. Many of the skeletons in the Bone Hall have been on view since 1881 and represent an unparalleled study collection of every major group of vertebrate animals. On the website, you can access seven different halls within the exhibit.  Once you select any hall, you can use the arrow tools to navigate through them all.  Click on camera icons mounted on the virtual walls to get a closer look at the displays.

Bone Hall 1
Bone Hall 2
Bone Hall 3
Bone Hall 4
Bone Hall 5
Bone Hall 6
Bone Hall 7

Want to learn even more about bones?  Try one of these books!
Bone Collection: Animals by Rob Colson (2013)
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins (2010)
Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals by Gabrielle Balkan (2017)
Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine (2017)
Skeletal System by Simon Rose (2020)
Skeletons by Lily Wood (2011)
Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh (2019)
Skulls and Skeletons!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids by Cindy Blobaum (2019)
Super Skeleton by Anna Claybourne (2013)
There's a Skeleton Inside You! by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost (2020)
Your Skeletal System Works! by Flora Brett (2015)

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Monstrous Reads

Looking for a spooky read this October?  Prefer your scary story stars to be monsters?  Try one of these monstrously good new books!

Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin
Emergency Monster Squad by Dave Horowitz
Ginny Goblin Cannot Have a Monster for a Pet by David Goodner
Monsters 101 by Cale Atkinson
Pippa's Night Parade by Lisa Robinson
Poesy the Monster Slayer by Cory Doctorow

13th Street series by David Bowles
     #1 Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats (ebook on Overdrive)
     #2 The Fire-Breathing Ferret Fiasco (ebook on Overdrive)
     #3 Clash of the Cackling Cougars (ebook on Overdrive)
The Binder of Doom series by Troy Cummings
     #1 Brute-Cake 
     #2 Boa-Constructor (ebook on Overdrive)
     #3 Speedah-Cheetah
     #4 Hydrant-Hydra
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
Jaclyn Hyde by Annabeth Bondor-Stone (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
Knights vs Monsters by Matt Phelan (ebook on Overdrive & Hoopla)
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
Malamander by Thomas Taylor (ebook on Overdrive) [#2 Gargantis (ebook on Overdrive)]
Monster Club: Hunters for Hire by Gavin Brown
The Monster Hypothesis by Romily Bernard (ebook on Overdrive)
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong [#2 The Gryphon's Lair]
Spark and the League of Ursus by Robert Repino (ebook on Overdrive)
Stuffed by Liz Braswell
Thieves of Weirdwood by William Shivering (AKA Christian McKay Heidicker)[ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla]
Twist by Sarah Cannon
The Unicorn Rescue Society series by Adam Gidwitz
     #4 The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande
     #5 The Madre de Aguas of Cuba

Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts by Federica Magrin
The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature by Hal Johnson (ebook on Hoopla)
Monstrous: The Lore, Gore and Science Behind Your Favorite Monsters by Carlyn Beccia (ebook on Overdrive)
What Is the Story of Frankenstein? by Sheila Keenan (ebook on Overdrive)


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