Thursday, October 23, 2014

Howling Good Books and Things at the Library

This is the weekly column that we write for the Dakota County Star.

Howling Good Books and Things at the Library
Friday October 31st, we will once again celebrate Halloween.  The library has everything that you need for scary fun.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss the first half of the book Defending Jacob by William Landay on Monday October 27Th at 3:00 p.m.  The book club is open to all who are interested in reading and discussing books.

Tuesday Technology Classes:  We will offer the following classes on Tuesday October 28Th:  Microsoft Word 1 at 10:00 a.m., Microsoft Word 2 at 11:00 a.m., Microsoft Word 3 at 1:00 p.m., Microsoft Excel 1 at 2:00 p.m., and Microsoft Excel 2 at 5:00 p.m., October 28 @ 10:00 a.m. Microsoft Word 1.

Tangled Yarns is held each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  Bring you needle work and join the fun.

Thursday Technology Classes:  The following are our Thursday technology classes:  E-book Reader at 2:00 p.m., Blogging Basics at 3:00 p.m., Search Engines at 4:00 p.m., Tech Thursday at 5:00 p.m., and Facebook for Business at 7:00 p.m.

Horror Movies:  Friday night will be a great time to curl up with a good horror movie.  The following are some recommendations. 

The Amityville Horror is set in the Long Island colonial house likes the perfect home, but it becomes a nightmare.

Books for Adults:  If movies are not your thing, try some of these horror stories.

Halloween:  from Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers.  "Drawing on an array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century. He examines the 1970s and '80s phenomena of Halloween sadism (razor blades in apples) and inner-city violence (arson in Detroit), as well as the immense influence of the horror film genre on the reinvention of Halloween as a terror-fest. Throughout his vivid account, Rogers shows how Halloween remains, at its core, a night of inversion, when social norms are turned upside down and a temporary freedom of expression reigns supreme. He examines how this very license has prompted censure by the religious Right, occasional outrage from law enforcement officials, and appropriation by Left-leaning political groups."—Jacket.

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.  A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator. Includes study guide.

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.  The time is the present. The place is the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff is high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest. A young reporter, who is  on assignment from the San Francisco Observer, an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency. A chance encounter occurs between two unlikely people, an idyllic night shattered by horrific unimaginable violence. The young man inexplicably attacked, bitten by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who, what, he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.

Young Adult Horror:  Teens love a good scary story, here are a few.

Return to Daemon Hall:  Evil Roots by Andrew Nance.  Wade and Demarius go to author Ian Tremblin's home as judges of the second writing contest but soon are mysteriously transported to Daemon Hall, where they and the three finalists must tell--and act out--the stories each has written.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd:  Eleventh Grade Burns by Heather Brewer.  Vladimir Tod, a teenage half-vampire, approaches Dorian, a powerful vampire, in search of help, and when Joss returns to Bathory with orders from the Slayer Society to eliminate his former friend, Vlad is forced to use all of his skills to survive his junior year of high school.

Scary Children’s Stories:  Children like a good scare too, but these are a little gentler than adults might enjoy.

Bones:  Terrifying Tales to Haunt Your Dreams by Lois Metzger. A collection of original ghost stories, including selections from R.L. Stine, Richard Peck, Margaret Mahy, and others.

Dracula by Stephanie Spinner, Bram Stoker. Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

Grave Doubts by John Peel.  For 10 years Matt blocked out the memory of his sister Penny's murder, and now a visitor from beyond the grave wants him to remember what he saw. Nightmares soon reveal the terrifying truth.

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