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Oct 20

Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls, Oh My!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

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With October 31st quickly approaching, now is the time to stop into Frank L. Weyenberg Library and check out our wonderful selection of Halloween reads.

Looking for new kids book titles that will have them laughing and get them excited about Halloween? Well, here are a few for the little ones that are sure to both trick and treat!

The Sweetest Witch Around by Alison McGhee is a great choice for kids ages 5-6. It is the companion book to McGhee’s bestselling, A Very Brave Witch. From hilarious jokes to delightful illustrations, it is a fun read that is sure to be a hit.

Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli is another great read for the kindergarteners. Wunderli tells the story of a pumpkin seed who wants to grow into a scary jack-o’-lantern and his friends who encourage him. It is a sweet and endearing story that works for not only Halloween, but the entire season of autumn.

Olivia Loves Halloween by Maggie Testa is yet another great addition to the Olivia series. In this delightful tale, Olivia the pig and her friend Francine prepare for Halloween. Olivia once again makes us laugh and ponder life lessons as she and Francine hit some snags along the way. This one is sure to please.

Other New Titles for younger kids:
Shivery Shades of Halloween: a Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals (2-5 yr.)
Curious George Haunted Halloween by C.A. Krones (4-8 yr.)
Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween (Katy Duck Series) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (4-6 yr.)
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry (2-4 yr.)
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketterman (3-7 yr.)

For the older children, ages 6 and up, we have a number of new Halloween-related titles that are sure to peek their interest!

The Locker ate Lucy! (Eerie Elementary #2) by Jack Chabert is wonderful for the 6-8 age range. The story follows Sam Graves as he and his friends Lucy and Antonio attempt to uncover the mystery of their Elementary School. Everything around them is alive and imagine their surprise when Lucy is suddenly eaten by her own locker. Oh dear! Discover the fun of this spooky tale today.

Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere #5) by Jacqueline West is great for kids ages 10 and up. The story follows 12-year-old Olive and her quest to save herself and those around her from the old magic living within her house. It’s creepy, it’s spooky, and its definetely cooky. This book is sure to keep kids engaged until the very end.

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. Book 2) by Jonathan Stroud follows Lockwood and Company as they are hired to invesigate a Victorian doctor who tried to communicate with the dead. And there is also the issue of a pesky skull in a jar that keeps whispering to them. Kids in grades 3-7 are sure to love the mystery and suspenseful elements of this story.

Older Titles that may also be of interest for older kids:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (8-12 yr.)
Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-o’-lanterns (Goosebumps series) by R.L. Stine (8-12 yr.)
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula and Friends series) by Deborah Howe (8-12 yr.)
The Littles and the scary Halloween (Book 16) by Teddy Slater (7 & up)
Skeleton Creek (Book 1) by Patrick Carman (8-12 yr.)

Teens are at an age where the horror genre may be of particular interest. Below are a few new titles to get your teen reading this Halloween.

White Space (Dark Passages, Book 1) by Ilsa Bick is a scary thriller that is sure to have teens interested until the last page. With no parents and an ill, artistic guardian, seventeen year-old Emma Lindsay leads a very unconventional life.  A life that only becomes stranger when the story she has written “White Space” turns out to be an exact replica of an unpublished work written earlier by a deceased author. What happens when Emma becomes trapped in this written world? Will she know what’s real and what isn’t? Find out in book one of the Dark Passages series.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco is a riveting horror story in the realm of Stephen King that teens are sure to love. The story follows Okiku, a girl who was murdered nearly 300 years ago and whose body was dumped in a well. But when she meets Tark, a young boy with strange tattoos, will she help free him from the evil that clings to him or will her fear of losing him stop her from doing the right thing?

A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney follows Tom Ward and his apprentice Jenny as they team up to defend their county from monsters, witches, demons, and more. This is an action-packed thrill ride that is sure to make any teen Halloween-enthusiast excited and anxious for the next installment.

Other New and Old Titles for Teens:
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Book 1) by Ransom Riggs
Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
The Body Finder (Body Finder Book 1) by Kimberly Derting

The Frank L. Weyenberg reference staff is more than happy to assist you in either finding fun Halloween materials or placing items on hold. Please stop in and see us today!

Wishing you and your family a spooktacular and safe Halloween!

Book Cover images provided via Easicat.

Sep 29

Recent and Upcoming Sequels!

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

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For adults this season several recent releases have landed on bestseller lists.  The Magician’s Land concludes the magical coming-of-age trilogy by Lev Grossman.  Another magic infused trilogy by Deborah Harkness concludes her All Souls Trilogy with The Book of Life.  If these titles don’t suit your interests, try the time traveling historical series Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  The eighth book in the series Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is available now.  The Century trilogy, a historical epic by Ken Follett, concludes with Edge of Eternity. Catch up with Temperance Brennan’s newest cast in Bones Never Lie, the 17th book in the series by Kathy Reichs.


Help teens and children discover a new series to devour!  Did you love the Legend series by Marie Lu?  Her new series kicks off with The Young Elites this October.  The fifth title in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus, also hits shelves in October.  Rick Yancey follows up The 5th Wave with The Infinite Sea and continues the story of Cassie’s survival.  For younger readers looking for a mix of traditional story alongside comics, check out the ninth Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney or book eleven in Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey: The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000.


Interested in the series, but don’t know where to start? The first book in each series is:

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Fall of Giants of Ken Follett
  • Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Some of these series are short, easy reads, while others contain thousands of pages and will keep you busy for weeks.  Happy reading!

Sep 22

Arrrrrr Ye Ready?

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

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Friday, September 19th be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so belay yer landlubber chatter and make ready to set sail. Started in 1995 by a bunch of guys talking piratically to each other at their backyard barbecue every year, the holiday took off when Dave Barry wrote a column about it in 2002. Since then, plenty of people and companies – including Google and Facebook (which both offer a ‘pirate’ language setting) – have gotten in on the act.

Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_movie.jpgThe most renowned recent tale of golden age piratical mayhem is indubitably Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, featuring the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow. Some claim he's based on the infamous Welsh pirate, Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts – others, Captain Jack Birdy, the Barbary Coast corsair. Both men were famous in their day, but have been overshadowed by others whose reputations have taken on mythical proportions: Captains Kidd, Morgan, and Blackbeard.

ching_shih.jpgAll three of those men, however, were laughable failures up against Cheng I Sao. Her Red Flag Fleet was larger than some navies and effectively controlled the South China Sea. When neither China nor Britain nor Portugal could defeat her, she and most of her crew were offered amnesty in exchange for her retirement – at age 35. She kept all her loot, married her second in command, and lived to age 69.

Small Saul.jpgOf course, the real glory of pirates is that they can be romantic, ridiculous, adventurous, or anything in between. Sky pirates can be found sailing dirigibles, while vegetable pirates, bloodsucking pirates, pirates who bake cookies, and patriotic pirates repelling foreign invaders all have their own tales – and some of them are even true. At least a bit. As with many larger-than-life figures, the line between fact and fiction has blurred considerably over the years.

Dan Seavey Cropped.jpgPirates can even, sometimes, be from Wisconsin, as in the case of Roaring Dan Seavey, who terrorized sailors on Lake Michigan from Escanaba to Chicago – on one occasion, he got the crew of a schooner roaring drunk and sailed off with the ship under their inebriated noses. Eventually authorities gave up trying to arrest him and appointed him a U.S. Marshall instead, apparently reasoning that it took a pirate to catch a pirate.

If yer still lookin’ to plunder the library’s pirate books, consider these titles:

Tales of Sea and Shore
Peter and the Starcatchers
You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pirate’s Prisoner!
Pirate Attack!
How I Became a Pirate
The Coming Storm

The Pirate Captain’s Daughter
Hostage Three
Bloody Jack
Beauty Queens

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Silver: Me Own Tale
The Chocolate Pirate Plot
Republic of Pirates
Cinnamon and Gunpowder

Or drop by to check out our display!

This blog post be scribed by Carol M.

Pirates of the Caribbean image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirates_of_the_Caribbean:_The_Curse_of_the_Black_Pearl#mediaviewer/File:Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_movie.jpg
Ching Shih image credit: http://the39clues.scholastic.com/cahillweb/article/i-like-useless-facts-ching-shih
Small Saul image credit: Easicat.net
Dan Seavey photo credit: GLD Newsletter, Sept. 2012
All other images courtesy of Easicat.