10.20.2014

Staff Pick Flashback: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Halloween is too much fun for just one day. All October, we'll be looking at our favorite horror/supernatural/paranormal/all-around spooky books. 

Today we're highlighting a fun, creepy mystery set in the 1920s that we reviewed a while back.  

From goodreads.com:
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
Pick it: if you love a good mystery with plenty of spooky-ghosty overtones.

Skip it: if you're quick to blush. Evie is a wild child to say the least!

Pair with: a nonfiction title about the Roaring 20s. We recommend Flapper: A madcap story of sex, style, celebrity, and the women who made American modern by Joshua Zeitz. That's Evie to a tee!

Reviewed by: Melissa

10.13.2014

Staff Pick: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Halloween is too much fun for just one day. All October, we'll be looking at our favorite horror/supernatural/paranormal/all-around spooky books. 

From goodreads.com

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Pick it: for a weird, time-traveling story that's more strange than scary. I particularly loved the photography interspersed throughout the book.

Pair with: the sequel, Hollow City, or Asylum by Madeleine Roux for more found photo creepiness.

Keep your eyes out for the movie adaptation! Tim Burton will direct (perfect) and it's due to hit theaters in July 2015. 

Reviewed by: Deena 

10.06.2014

Staff Pick: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Halloween is too much fun for just one day. All October, we'll be looking at our favorite horror/supernatural/paranormal/all-around spooky books.

From goodreads.com:

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.


Pick it: to find out why the scariest part of this book isn't the threat of ghosts, but the seemingly unstoppable Spanish influenza. A beautifully tragic piece of historical fiction.

Pair with: The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler for more early 20th century Spiritualism. This one's set across the pond in England. 

Reviewed by: Deena 

10.02.2014

Thrill the World: Cherry Hill

Thrill the World: Cherry Hill has been canceled.


It's that time of year....

Cherry Hill is set to to Thrill the World again! It's time to show off your Thriller dance moves in this worldwide event.

Don't know the dance? We've got you covered.

Rehearsal: Saturday, October 11 from 10AM - 12PM
Conference Center, Lower Level
Thrill Time: Saturday, October 25
Friendship Grove
Registration begins at 2PM and we start thrilling at 5PM.

Bring your family and friends!

9.29.2014

It Came...from the Adult Section!

YALSA's Alex Awards recognize ten books a year written for adults that have an appeal for young adult (12 - 18yo) readers as well. These books all have teen protagonists dealing with heavy issues - no fluffy reads here! 

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

I love books with multiple narrators and complicated mother figures, so Mother, Mother was right up my alley. Teenage siblings Violet and Will Hurst alternate chapters as they explore the recent events of their family. Eldest sister Rose has left the family in dramatic and mysterious fashion, Will has been recently diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, and Violet begins experimenting with Eastern philosophy, meditation, and fasting. When a violent incident at the home results in a visit to the hospital for Will and a stay in a psychiatric institution for Violet, the carefully constructed Hurst family begins to unravel. While you are never sure if Will or Violet is telling the true story, one thing becomes clear - everything seems to revolve around their mother, Josephine. A twisty, intense psychological thriller.

Brewster by Mark Slouka

Brewster by Mark Slouka

Sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher spends a lot of time running. Running for track, running away from his emotionally absent family, running towards anything that isn't his current life. Set in Brewster, NY in 1968, this book manages to be both a look at a changing America (Vietnam, race relations, women's liberation), and the story of someone growing up in a small town and looking for a way to break free. Jon, his best friend Ray, and Ray's girlfriend Karen make their way through their senior year and begin to look for a path out of Brewster and into a new life. This is a book that is so much bigger than its plot. I was drawn in by the characters - read this one on a chilly fall weekend.

The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

"Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am 15. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved."

That's how The Death of Bees opens, and readers, it is no spoiler alert to tell you that this book gets grim. Two Scottish sisters deal with their status as orphans after the deaths of their neglectful parents, trying to avoid the notice of the police, social services, and their neighbor's dog that keeps digging in their garden. Told from the perspective of multiple narrators, this book will keep you wondering when the truth will get out - and if we even know what the real truth is.


Learn more about the rest of the 2014 Alex Award winners at YALSA's website.

Why are they called the Alex Awards? 

From YALSA: "The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends."

-Deena

9.27.2014

Teen Morning Movie: The Fault in Our Stars

Bring your tissues....

Roll out of bed and join us for a good cry, because we're showing The Fault in Our Stars! We'll supply the donuts and drinks.

Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM
Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Open to grades 7 - 12.

No registration required.

After the movie, visit the Conference Center for a Maker Playground event!


9.26.2014

Maker Playground

Let's get crafty!

CHPL is running another Maker Playground - come and play! This place has everything: MaKey MaKeys, giant Jenga, sewing machines, button makers, vinyl cutters, and a bunch of enthusiastic people ready to show you what they can do. We'll also have information on upcoming maker programs where you can go in-depth with specific items. 

Our Maker Playground equipment and materials were made possible by the awesome Friends of the Library. Thanks, Friends!

Saturday, October 4 from 1 - 3PM
Conference Center, Lower Level
All ages welcome!