Library Happenings

The old doors  on our upstairs meeting room recently got a facelift thanks to Scotty Limpus of Aurora Paint and Stain. The wood had seen better days, with significant sun damage and exposure over the years (more than 100.) With a little TLC and expertise, the doors look amazing.

Photos courtesy of the Lewistown Public Library

“Creature Feature” 

by Dani Buehler, Youth Services Librarian

 

Boo! As the evening darkens into night, the legendary creatures that haunt our imaginations creep, slither, and crawl out of the shadows. These frightful beasts are very popular this time of year. And why not? The long days of summer are retreating into the chill of autumn and the world itself is preparing for a long, silent winter sleep. Of course, our earthly imaginations would conjure some brilliantly creepy imagery for this in-between time. Thankfully we have plenty of literature to encourage our minds to wander into these dark spaces. Our youngest readers can enjoy light and humorous first encounters with these eerie creatures in Eve Bunting’s “Scary, Scary Halloween” and Lisa Bullard’s “Trick-or-Treat on Milton Street.” Princess Posey finds courage to face some spooky stuff in “Princess Posy and the Monster Stew.”

But if you are ready for a more spine-chilling read, master storyteller Neil Gaiman can take you on the magical and terrifying adventure of a young boy raised in and by the inhabitants of a graveyard in “The Graveyard Book.” “Campfire Tales... Ghoulies, Ghosties, and Long-leggety Beasties” by William Forgey offers even more hair-raising tales that he perfected as former scout leader. Joyce Sidman offers beautiful poems in “Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night” for those seeking less sinister creatures of the night. Our young adults have what seems like an overabundance of menacing creatures, but I will turn, not to a werewolf or vampire, but a young princess whose ruthlessness is unparalleled. Kiersten White brings Lada Dragwlya to life in “And I Darken.”

Finally, no list of creepy creatures could be complete without mentioning Washington Irving’s classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with the forever-creepy headless horseman. Particularly for me, this classic will be forever remembered as the 1949 Disney cartoon version.

 

Friends of the Library meeting

The Friends of the Library will meet Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. for their quarterly meeting. This meeting is open to the public and new members are encouraged to come and check us out. Our mission is to support the Library in as many ways as possible, but primarily we manage the Book Station for its fundraising capacity.

 

New to Youth

“Ghosts in the House” by Kazuno Kohara; “Super Hero School” by Aaron Reynolds; “The Thank You Book” by Mo Willems; “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Hunt; “The Unwanteds” by Lisa McMann; “Crooked Kindgom” by Leigh Bardugo; “Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan.

Poll

Where is your favorite place to go camping in Central Montana?