Watch the trailer below for our newest scary/mystery book! This book is actually shelved as a mystery since the main focus is to figure out what is wrong with Agatha, but there is plenty of scary suspense in here as well since you will spend most of the novel unsure about the main character's ability to survive! This is a great choice if you want something creepy to read for Halloween (or any time!).
Whoa! Like, it's one of the best months! Aside from cat month...if cats even get a month? While cat month gets sorted out, check out this history of pizza...check the dates! I bet you didn't know pizza was that old!!!!
Annnnd now that all we can think about it pizza, come to the library to browse my cookbook section! I have so many books with pizza recipes that you will have pizza Fridays for the rest of the year if you check them all out!
Because it's almost Halloween!!!! Check out this trailer for out new library book...then run by the library and check the book out!
Yup, today is the anniversary of the release of the very first cell phone ever! Check out these fun facts from Portfolio Newspaper:
The history of the cell phone began with the Motorola Dynatac 8000X, also known as the “brick”. Despite weighing 1.75 pounds, (compared to the average weight of cell phones today, around 4.55 grams) the Dynatac was the first cell phone. Instead of being a handheld, this phone was most commonly inserted in cars because of its weight. When the phone first hit the market, it cost $3,995 which is approximate to over $9,000 today.
The next major advancement in the cell phone industry was the Motorola MicroTAC 9800X. The MicroTAC was the first true mobile phone weighing 12.3 ounces and measuring at nine inches.
In late 1992, Nokia unveiled the Nokia 1011. The phone was the first device capable of sending and receiving SMS messages, and was also one of the first hand-sized cellular devices.
The Nokia 9000 Communicator was a major breakthrough in the mobile device industry. Being the first smartphone to hit the market, the Communicator was popular amongst both business and casual users.
The cell phones of today are a lot different from the older models. Evolving into smart phones, today’s cell phones are capable of more than just calls and texts. Ranging from surfing the web to playing games, today’s devices have come a long way. In the early 2000s, a smaller model phone was the ideal device. Nowadays, a bigger model phone is considered desirable.
From a giant brick-shape to a razor thin sleek design, the cell phone has transformed over the years.
Want to learn more? Come by the library and browse our technology section! It may be small, but like your cell phone there's lots of good things going on in it!
Last week I posted about National Fire Prevention Week. I know you all love the I Survived series and the book I Survived The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is wildly popular (if you haven't read it yet, be sure to check it out!!!). Because Lauren Tarshis is all about historical disasters and disaster prevention, last Friday she did a video discussing National Fire Prevention Week and her book. Check out the video below to learn more!
I know we often talk about learning about others' cultures so we have a better understanding of the world around us. Today is a day all about that! Here's a bit of background from Nationaltoday.com:
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October, on October 11 this year, to honor the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.
HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY
The first seed of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was planted at a U.N. international conference on discrimination in 1977. The first state to recognize the day was South Dakota in 1989. Berkeley, California, and Santa Cruz followed suit.
Although the day was still considered Columbus Day up to 1937, many people began calling it Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate the rich culture and the lives of the Native American people.
For the Native Americans, Columbus Day was always hurtful as it glorified the violent past constituting 500 years of colonial torture and oppression by European explorers like Columbus and those who settled in America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day draws attention to the pain, trauma, and broken promises that were erased by the celebration of Columbus Day. Before his arrival, the indigenous folk were successful self-sufficient communities that sustained life for thousands of years.
Year by year, the movement to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day spreads to more and more states, towns, and cities across the United States of America.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates, recognizes, and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of the Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world. Their way of life and culture carries wisdom and valuable insights into how we can live life more sustainably.
Today, 14 U.S. states celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day and not Columbus Day, as well as the District of Columbia. More than 130 cities including Arlington, Amherst, Cambridge, Brookline, Marblehead, Great Barrington, Northampton, Provincetown, Somerville, and Salem also celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Now...go to the catalog and search up "Native American" to browse all of our fiction and non-fiction books and then come check one out to read!
And where would the world be if R.L. Stine never wrote Goosebumps or Fear Street??? I know you guys love his writing! So celebrate Stine today by reading a bit about him below (courtesy of Biography.com) and then come check out a book by him from the library!
In New York in the 1970's, Stine worked as a writer and editor. He eventually landed a position at Scholastic, Inc., working on children's magazines. He created a humor magazine for kids, Bananas, in the mid-1970s, and later launched Maniac magazine for the company. Outside of his day job, Stine wrote humorous books for kids under the name "Jovial Bob Stine."
After losing his job at Scholastic during a company reorganization, Stine began writing full-time. He branched out into the horror genre, beginning his first scary tale with only the title--Blind Date. The book received a warm welcome when it was released in 1986, as did Twisted and The Baby-Sitter, released in 1987 and 1989, respectively.
In 1992, Stine started taking younger readers on their own thrill ride with the Goosebumps series. These books, which he produced through his wife Jane's Parachute Press book-packaging company, targeted the tween market. The first title, Welcome to Dead House, was quickly followed by more novels. At one point, Stine was writing one or two books each month. Each title featured the trademark elements of the series: Page-turning plots and daring cliffhangers at the end of each chapter.
Goosebumps soon became a literary phenomenon. The books became bestsellers in the United States and abroad, and were eventually translated into 16 different languages. Goosebumps was turned into a television series as well. The tremendous popularity of the series turned Stine into one of the most successful children's writers of all time
Here's the new book trailer of the week! This book arrived in May, so I read it over the summer. While it does have a bit of a long build up, there is a lot of action and some shocking twists at the end that make it all worth it! That said, this might be better geared toward 6th grade readers. If you are a 5th grade reader, definitely go for it if you are interested! Just know that there is a lot of background info in the beginning. This is going to be a great book for you if you enjoy action and mystery!
So it's an important week! Here's a bit of history on the week:
The Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA); the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, deciding to observe the anniversary as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. In May 1919, when the NFPA held its 23rd annual meeting in Ottawa at the invitation of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association (DFPA), the NFPA and DFPA both passed resolutions urging governments in the United States and Canada to support the campaign for a common Fire Prevention Day. This was expanded to Fire Prevention Week in 1922. The non-profit NFPA, which has officially sponsored Fire Prevention Week since its inception, selects the annual theme for Fire Prevention Week.
So that's a lot of facts! Want to learn more? Search up "Great Chicago Fire" in the library catalog and check out a book to learn all about what started this week. Or use the link below to create a fire safety plan for your family!
Since it is the first day of October, we are kicking the month off with a new scary book! This book arrived in May and I read it over the summer so I can tell you that it's amazing! This book is perfect to start October because it's full or ghosts and mystery. Plus it's got a cool style (which is discussed at the end of the video). Katie Alender wrote this book, and she also wrote Famous Last Words and Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. I know many of you loved those books, so if that's you then be sure to run by and grab this book! It is currently on the new book display, so grab it before it's gone!
Hi! I am Areadingwoman (otherwise known as Melissa Arenson). I just love books! I have a bachelor's degree in 9-12 English education, a master's degree in literature, and a specialist's degree in library science.