Storyteller frightens library visitors’ cares away

Master Storyteller Gary Whitaker performed some wonderfully spooky tales on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the library. Guests were so intrigued by the stories that you could have heard a pin drop. Whitaker would draw you in with his whispery voice and then jump out at you with a loud voice. Needless to say, he frightened all our cares away. His tales included: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow;” “Jack & Jill;” “The Golden Arm;” and “The Erl King.” The winner of our door prize drawing was 10-year-old Anna Perez. She received a Halloween bag filled with goodies, including a story CD from Gary Whitaker.

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Our Teen Zombie Party was a hit with 24 in attendance on Friday, Oct. 11. Teens enjoyed playing games such as eyeball golf, zombie target practice, severed hand toss, and a zombie shuffle race, while others created zombie pins and deconstructed T-shirts for the zombie look. The main attraction was the movie “Warm Bodies” shown on the big screen in the Ellen and Buddy Temple Community Room. We served sandwiches, nachos, chips and dip, rice crispy treats, and lemonade. There were also cupcakes for dessert courtesy of Lillian Ryan. Thank you, Lillian for the delicious dessert. Everyone had such a good time. We will be celebrating more teen literature in November with a Hunger Games Party. Keep an eye out for details.

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Family Movie Day at the Library is Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at 6 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks to add to your fun. You may also bring pillows and blankets and sit on the floor to watch the movie. Come bring the family and join in the fun! Our movie license will not allow us to publicize the movie title so please call us for more information at 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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New Adult Books:

“Elizabeth Island,” by Joyce Marshall – C.J. Conner lost her beloved husband and son in a ruthless and senseless robbery at their ocean front home. After the terrible tragedy, she finds that she can no longer live in the house that she once loved so much. The memories are just too painful. Searching for a new perspective on her life, she feels compelled to leave everything behind and flee to the peace and serenity of the family beach house. On her way there, she is strangely drawn to a small beach town and a unique 19th century mansion which has been turned into a bed and breakfast inn. The mansion also happens to be the home of two incredible ghosts. C.J. meets the first ghost, Serena Stockton, a short time after arriving on Elizabeth Island. Serena tells C.J. that she was murdered, and that they share a psychic connection. The second ghost is the resident ghost who has been haunting the mansion for more than 100 years. The ghosts befriend C.J. and become her guide and protector. Thus, begins an adventure that leads her on a frightening and dangerous mission as she uncovers the many secrets hidden within the mansion and discovers the truth behind the murders of her husband and child.

“The Bridesmaid,” by Beverly Lewis – Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The young Amish woman is a closet writer whose stories aren’t her only secret. Eben Troyer hopes to make Joanna his bride – if he can ever leave his parents’ farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet Eben’s hopes to build a life with Joanna hinge on his brother’s return from the English world…

“Forbidden,” by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee – Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, and no war. There is only perfect peace…and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love. But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dare desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.

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Fall Library Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have a great week!