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Join Wendy and Steve for a holiday hot dog roast!  We'll be serving up Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs at Halloweenie on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be plenty of toppings to dress up your dog.  There will also be music and games.  It's a great (and FREE!) way to spend Halloween eve.  Let us know if you're coming.  We want to make sure we have plenty of food for hungry teens.  You can sign up online or give us a call at 444-7826.

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.

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.

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.

Travel back in time to September 3, 1940 to make a 1940's silhouette.

Get a pumpkinhead or other spooky airbrush tattoo.
Make candy terrariums that resemble a Beetlejuice graveyard.

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.

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.

October 7-13, 2018 is Teen Read Week!  This is a national initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  Since 1998 (the year I graduated from high school -- yikes!), it has encouraged teens like you to be regular readers and library users.  The theme this year is It's Written in the Stars. So think and read outside of the box . . . and seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of-this-world reads this week!  It is also your last chance to select the year's Teens' Top Ten!  Now through October 13, you can vote for your 3 favorite titles from the list of nominees!  Watch this video to see all 25 titles!


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Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.