Scare up some fun with a good book
What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch Library staff and customers will be sharing our suggestions from various genres each month here in the Observer.
October is a great month for readers to curl up with a spooky or scary tale in honor of Halloween. I talked with Bay Village resident sixth-grader Lizzy to check in on her favorite type of chiller. Lizzy’s recommendation is for the series: "Bad Girls Don’t Die" by Katie Alender. The first book is a combination of horror with a haunted Victorian house and the demonic possession of the main character’s sister. Her reading place of choice is in bed under the covers nice and cozy, so that the scary stuff doesn’t seem so frightening!
Lizzy says "the best things about these books are that they are page turners and every chapter has some kind of cliffhanger that makes you want to keep going and not put the book down. Even after you have closed the cover, the character and situation stay in your mind and make you wonder what will happen next."
Lizzy also enjoys "Goosebumps" by R.L. Stine and spooky stories told aloud along with SyFy Network TV shows like "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" and "Paranormal Witness," which do experiments to prove if something could be real or not. Young readers interested in this type of paranormal phenomena might also enjoy the non-fiction series "History’s Most Haunted," which includes volumes by various authors on hauntings at notable landmarks such as Alcatraz, Edinburgh Castle, Gettysburg and the White House. When reading spooky tales, take Lizzy’s advice and remember that "what you are reading isn’t real and if you think logically it is not as scary."
For the younger readers, some great read-aloud short story choices are "Dare to Be Scared" and the many "Short and Shivery" tales by Robert D. San Souci or the ever popular "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz. Another good choice is the "Bunnicula" series by James Howe for those readers who prefer spooky animal stories. Don’t be afraid to try some haunted reading this October!
For grown-ups with Facebook looking for a great next read – spooky or otherwise – stop at the library’s Facebook page for the weekly after-hours Night Owls book discussion each Thursday from 9-10 p.m. Join expert readers' advisors, friends and avid readers from all over for an hourlong virtual bookchat. Visit our website at cuyahogalibrary.org for more details on Night Owls and other reading recommendation tools.
Remember to check the Observer next month to see What Your Neighbors are Reading on the November theme – Whodunnit?! – and visit the Bay Village Branch, 502 Cahoon Road, where the staff would be very happy to give you personal reading recommendations too. We hope to see you soon!
Anne Lynch is the Children's Librarian at the Bay Village Branch Library