Frightful Things @ Your Grand County Library
October 29, 2010
Halloween is upon us – that shivery, frankly frightful night when many people, young and old alike, beg to be delightfully scared or outright terrorized! Grand County libraries have a vast array of items to get you in the spooky mood, whether you are staying at home alone, or getting ready to venture out. Seriously. We have hundreds of sound recordings, movies and books for every age categorized as “horror” or “Halloween.” To find and request them, visit our upgraded website at http://www.gcld.org and then use the “Search Catalog” box on the left side near the top.Audio, with sounds and voice characterization to enflame our imaginations:• Spooky, Scary Sounds for Halloween. For your party or to greet the Trick-or-Treaters.• Ghost and Halloween Stories. For grade-school age children.• Thirteen Days to Midnight, by Patrick Carman. An audio book for young adults.• UR, by Stephen King. “Tapping into our primal fears of modern technology, King sets his sights on the latest high-tech gadget in UR, in which a mysterious e-book reader opens a disturbing window into other worlds.” ~ Simon & Schuster• Dracula: The Undead, by Dacre Stoker. Movies, with all that sight and sound, combined with special effects, can do to create an unreality:• For the very young, you are safe with Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie, or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. • Grade School children will like Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo.• For adults, we have many selections. Try The Eclipse, a supernatural romance based on a story by Conor McPerson, The Stephenie Meyer Twilight series movies, or Stephen King’s The Shining, that frozen classic set in the Colorado Rockies. Have fun with the campy Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Monster Quest. If you dare, check out The Eye: “After a corneal transplant allows Sydney to see again after many years, she begins to have disturbing visions and tries to track down the source of her new eyes.” We also recently have acquired BBC’s Count Dracula.Books, so you can hide under the blanket while you read!• Your little ones will delight in such favorites as Angelina’s Halloween, Clifford and the Halloween Parade, The Spooky Halloween Surprise, or Miss Smith and the Haunted Library• Grade School children devour the R.L. Stine Goosebump series, and some even tackle the Harry Potter series at a young age. The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keattey Snyder is a Newberry Honor Book, and The Wizard’s Map, by Jane Yolen: [has] “… something here for everyone…Will chill and delight the imagination.” ~ School Library Journal.• For young adults, anything by Anthony Horowitz. Check out The Dead-Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan, and of course, you can dig into the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer. For funky fun, try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith.• Adults show a keen liking for mysteries, thrillers and horror stories. They are among our most popular genres, and we have many titles to prove it. Best-selling horror writer Peter Straub is the editor of Poe’s Children: the New Horror: An Anthology. He also has many books of his own, the latest of which is A Dark Matter. And finally, So Cold the River, by Michael Koryta and of course, the masters, Stephen King and Dean Koontz can always keep you awake at night!Special Events, so you can truly participate in this fun holiday:• Party planners for the young and not-so-young should know that there are many craft and idea books in the Grand County Library District. We have Halloween Crafts by Fay Robinson, Halloween Crafts: Eerily Elegant Dcor by Kasey Rogers, 175 Easy-to-Do Halloween Crafts edited by Sharon Umnik, Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family by Donata Maggipinto, Haunting on a Halloween: Frightful Activities for Kids by Linda White, and many more books. Also, remember that magazines such as Family Fun, Family Circle, Crafts & Things, and Pack-o-Fun will have some wonderful articles and ideas.So get into the spirit of a frightful celebration. Let the Grand County Libraries be your source for things magical, mysterious or malevolent!