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The Final Lap

Jason Reynolds is ending his Track series.  I know, I'm sad too.  The final lap in this series is Lu.  It comes out Tuesday, October 24, 2018.

"Lu was born to be cocaptain of the Defenders. Well, actually, he was born albino, but that’s got nothing to do with being a track star. Lu has swagger, plus the talent to back it up, and with all that—not to mention the gold chains and diamond earrings—no one’s gonna outshine him.  Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Suddenly, there are hurdles in Lu’s way—literally and not-so-literally—and Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means."

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The Nightmare Before Halloween: Our Annual Party Gets a Tim Burton Twist

Our annual after-hours Halloween party is one of our biggest events of the year.  We often have 1,000 people in attendance!  This year we're hosting The Nightmare Before Halloween on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.  All the fun is inspired by the twisted genius of movie director/producer Tim Burton.  Each area is devoted to one of his movies.  Boys and girls of every age/Wouldn't you like to see something strange?  . . .  This is Halloween!  Here's what awaits you.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in the Kid Zone
It is the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas!  Jack Skellington and all the spookiness of Halloween Town has taken over the Kid Zone.
Have your official commemorative photo taken with Jack Skellington, Sally, and Zero.
Play the Spin & Dance Game with Oogie Boogie.
Navigate the other holiday worlds in our Holiday Maze through the trees.
Make spooky Magic Scratch Trees and Monster Eyes with a witch in disguise.
Make the perfect Halloween/Christmas ornament -- Jack Skellington Santa Heads.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY on the Theatre Level
Tim Burton had a very different take on Roald Dahl's classic novel.  And Johnny Depp was a vastly different Willy Wonka.  Take the Great Glass Elevator (or the stairs) down to the Theatre Level, which we've transformed into Wonka's Factory.
Snap your picture in the Dragon Boat afloat in the river of chocolate.
At the other end of the river, you can Go Fishing for Wonka candy.  Don't be an Augustus Gloop.  You don't want to be stuck in a tube, too!
Pretend you've chewed Three-Course Dinner Gum in the Testing Room.  Once you've turned into a giant blueberry, let an Oompa-Loompa roll you across the Library Theatre stage.
Make a specially trained nut-sorting squirrel in the Nut Room.
Shrink yourself down and star in a television show in the Mike Teavee Experience.
Everyone will receive a piece of Wonka chocolate.  Five of the chocolates also have a golden ticket.  If you find one, give it to Willy Wonka and receive a special treat.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND on the Library Plaza
Have an audience with the Queen of Hearts.  Be on your best behavior or it's off with your head!
Play a game of flamingo croquet with the Cheshire Cat and a playing card.
Make a tiny hat with the Mad Hatter.
Paint the roses red with Alice.
Treat yourself to a tea party.  How will you know what's for you?  Simply read the labels -- Eat Me and Drink Me.

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN in the Teen Spot
Travel back in time to September 3, 1940 to make a 1940's silhouette.

SLEEPY HOLLOW & BEETLEJUICE in Movies & Music
Get a pumpkinhead or other spooky airbrush tattoo.
Make candy terrariums that resemble a Beetlejuice graveyard.

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The Hate U Give: A Must-Read Book Becomes a Must-See Movie

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book
"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.  But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Now, just a year-and-a-half later, the most-talked about book of 2017 becomes what will surely be a much-discussed movie.  The Hate U Give opens nationwide October 19, 2018.  Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.  I will definitely be catching it this month.  See you at the movies.

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Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales!  You know them, you love them!  But did you know this?  The 8th book is out!

Lafayette!: A Revolutionary War Tale (October 16, 2018)
Gilbert du Motier became the Marquis de Lafayette at a young age, but he was not satisfied with the comforts of French nobility—he wanted adventure!  A captain at eighteen and a major general by nineteen, he was eager to prove himself in battle. When he heard about the Revolution going on in America, he went overseas and fought alongside Alexander Hamilton and George Washington for America’s independence. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales are graphic novels that tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history. Read them all—if you dare! 

Watch the book trailer!

I know I've said it before, but I LOVE the Science Comics series!  And there's a new book . . . about brains! 

The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine by Tory Woollcott & Alex Graudins (October 16, 2018)
Fahama is helping her crazily determined younger sister sell cookies when she stumbles into the lair of Dr. Cerebrum, an ambulatory brain in a jar. To keep him from removing her head, she asks him questions, learning about

  • the history of brain science
  • the evolution and structure of neurons
  • the system of electrical communication involving synapses and action potential
  • the makeup of the nervous system
  • the parts of the brain itself
  • how senses, such as sight and touch, work

The exaggerated humor keeps the situation (which could be quite scary) light-hearted. There’s a lot of information here, but cutting back and forth to the sister’s search for Fahama sections it nicely. Graudins does a terrific job (particularly since this is her first book) drawing both the characters and the cells, giving everything personality. [from School Library Journal]

Storytime Allstars? Not-So-Scary

Miss Traci is hosting this month's Storytime Allstars on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  Worried that it will be too scary for you?  Have no fear!  She is doing a Not-So-Scary Storytime!  She'll talk about spooky things, but they will be doing very funny things.  Storytime Allstars is open to all ages.  It features stories, songs, a short movie, and a snack.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars through the Kid Zone to storytime!

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Ogre Enchanted

Set in the world of the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted, this tale by beloved author Gail Carson Levine stars a clever heroine who is determined to defy expectations—and outwit a fairy’s curse.

Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (October 16, 2018)
Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.  But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!  Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

Want to share it with your class?  Take a look at the discussion guide on the publisher's webpage.

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

R.L. Stine's popular series has sparked another big screen movie.  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens in theaters this weekend.  Want to re-watch the first movie?  Or see episodes of the older television series?  Stop by the Kid Zone and take a look at our seasonal display -- "These Movies Will Give You Goosebumps".  (Yes, you'll also find other spooky movies including Casper, Hocus Pocus, Scooby-Doo, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.)  Want to read one of the books that inspired it all?  Head to the Kid Zone and look for J  STI.

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Teen Book Club Picks Up The Knife of Never Letting Go

Join Anna Beth for our next Teen Book Club meeting on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  You'll be discussing The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a dystopian thriller that will be hitting theaters in March 2019.  The movie will be called Chaos Walking (which is the name of the overall trilogy).  You'll also get a chance to help select the title for the November meeting.

The Knife of Never Letting Go
(also available as ebook)
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

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2018 Halloween Picture Books

Bone Soup: A Spooky Tasty Tale by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
In this version of the classic tale, Stone soup, three witches are looking for a tasty treat on Halloween morning and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their bone soup

Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? by John Solimine
A young girl banishes her fear of monsters by imagining a series of questions and answers that make the ghoulish seem foolish.

The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael by Bonny Becker
Taking the bus to make a delivery to his grandmother, a little boy is alarmed by the bus's scary driver, who grows creepier by the minute as the other passengers disembark.

Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters by Rachel Kolar
An illustrated collection of thirteen gently spooky adapted Mother Goose rhymes.Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween by Mike Petrik

Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk
Yukio gets tired of his little sister, Kashi, questioning and copying him, but on Halloween, when Samurai Scarecrow frightens him and demands candy, Yukio refuses to give up Kashi's.

Sir Simon, Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson
A delightful, funny story of friendship, ghost chores, a spooky house and a professional haunter.

Skelly’s Halloweeen by David Martin
When a fall causes Skelly B. Skeleton to come apart on Halloween, his animal friends try to put him back together based on their own bodies.

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins
A stemless pumpkin that yearns to be a Halloween jack-o-lantern watches sadly as all of the other pumpkins in the shop are chosen.

A Werewolf Named Oliver James by Nicholas John Frith
On his way home one moonlit night, a strange thing happens to Oliver James: he unexpectedly turns into a werewolf! Suddenly, he can run faster than an express train! He can leap higher than tall buildings! He's stronger than a lion! There's only one problem: what on earth will his parents say, when he gets home?

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