Friday, October 24, 2014

♫ ♫ New Music ♫ ♫

Jake Owen - Days of Gold

Meghan Trainor - Title

Sleeping with Sirens - Feel

Maroon 5 - V

Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty

Ariana Grande - My Everything

Straight No Chaser - Under the Influence

Ed Sheeran - X

Sia - 100 Forms of Fear

Muse - 2nd Law

Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red

Taylor Swift - 1989

Happy Birthday Gabrielle & Ted!

Happy Birthday to Ted Dekker!


Happy Birthday to Gabrielle Zevin!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

13 Horror/Thriller Books

With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, everyone has the creepy, spooky, and scary on their mind.  Take a break from your horror movies to try one of these thrilling, scary, or creepy YA reads!

*Ghosts & Hauntings*

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (YA HIS WIN)

In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

~ Fantastic ghost story with dramatic historical backdrop. 
~ Enough twists to make me gasp in shock while reading 
~ Very suspenseful, a bit gory in parts, somewhat violent. 

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (YA PAR BLA)

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

~ The plot of this book is quite dark and has its moments of creepiness but it lightens up whenever Cas puts in a thought or two (his humor really is quite good). 
~ This is definitely not your average ghost story! It's so much better!
Oh yes, this was a pretty scary one, especially when I was reading it at 2am and had to go to the kitchen for a snack break. 

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (YA PAR CHU)

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Wow this was an incredibly gripping and engaging horror novel; I could not put this book down. Parts of this horror book are very graphic and gory, so just a heads up. 
A deliciously creepy, but horrifyingly amazing, spook to keep you up into the wee hours!
~ An incredibly creepy and chilling paranormal/horror novel that weaves both ghost story and Japanese legend.

Insanity by Susan Vaught (YA PAR VAU)

The intertwining stories of three teenagers who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of a Kentucky mental institution.

When I was reading at night, and the creepiest villain of the bunch appeared, I could not stop shivering. 
A quick, dark, paranormal read
 I found myself reading into the night to see what happened to the characters, only to stop reading for fear of what might invade my dreams from reading right before bed.  

*Fear & Murder*

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (YA ACT STO)

Seven super fans have won the trip of a lifetime to meet the master of horror, legendary film director Justin Blake. But things quickly go from delightfully dark to dangerously deadly, when Ivy, Parker, Shayla, Natalie, Frankie, and Garth find themselves trapped in an abandoned amusement park. To earn a ticket out, they must face their darkest demons one ride at a time.

Lock your doors, turn on all the lights and leave yourself a an escape route before you start this one!
It was a mash-up of all my favorite things horror and left me with chills.
This is one book that is all kinds of messed up and in a good way. It’s scary, strange and engrossing all in one...

This Dark Endeavor by Kennth Oppel (YA SFF OPP)

When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.

The story itself isn’t gruesome exactly, but is quite dark and has a fairly grim ending.
304 pages of dark, adventurous and gothic goodness. 
If you love dark and twisted tales, then this one is for you. 

Shadowlands by Kate Brian (YA ACT BRI)

Rory, a girl in witness protection, thinks the serial killer she turned in has found her and is killing people around her. But as she investigates, she discovers a dark, disturbing truth about her new hometown.

Whoa. This is different. And scary. 
I finished this in one day, because I simply didn’t want to put it down.
For the first ninety pages or so I was absolutely terrified and almost stopped reading because I wasn’t sure I could handle it. 

Ten by Gretchen McNeil (YA ACT MCN)

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to picked off by a killer one by one.

I was sucked into reading this book, and couldn't put it down until I finished and learned who the killer was.
Both thrilling and pretty frightening when it had to be.
Reading Ten was kind of like reading a horror movie in book form.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (YA MYS LYG)

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."

A rather graphically violent story with plenty of psychological thriller to it.
~ Dexter fans will love it!
This is not a story for the faint of heart. 

*Monsters & Demons*

The Diviners by Libba Bray (YA HIS BRA)

Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

There are parts of this book that are extremely creepy where you feel like screaming at the characters “No! No! Don’t go down into the creepy basement cellar.”
This book was full of creeping, brilliant horror, which I was absolutely not expecting.
Fantastic combination of horror with historical fiction. 

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (YA PAR YOV)

Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.

Think of the scariest movie you've ever seen, the sadest song you know, and the one fearless leader you've always looked up to. Put them into one book and you'll have Yovanoff's "The Replacement."
Awesome...I totally loved it! It certainly had a dark and haunting feel to it. (I mean...look at that cover!) 
~ An eerie book that kept me up late at night.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (YA SFF MAB)

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

I picked it up planning to start it, read a chapter or two, and go to sleep at a reasonable time. Then it was 5 a.m. and I was finishing it. 
I liked the characters, lots of actions, lots of suspense! 
 Was on the edge of my seat a lot of the time. I just couldn't stop reading once I got started.

Zom-B by Darren Shan (YA SFF SHA)

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's father thinks it's a hoax-but even if it isn't, the two of them joke, it's only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

Prepare yourself for a couple of complete surprises and a really good cliff hanger.
It's an exciting, entertaining, fast read that is well suited to zombie fans
I would recommend to anyone who loves zombies and guts, or anyone who wants a quick read with some action.

**Review tidbits from the LION online catalog and from**

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baking with Kim

For the November Teen Cuisine teen cooking class, we will be having a special guest instructor!  Teens ages 12-18 can come learn baking skills with Kim Terrill of Kim's Cottage Confections.  In this hands-on class you will make several different pastries...and eat them too!

Tuesday, November 4th 
Ages 12-18
Please Register

Register opportunity to bake and eat at the library will likely fill up fast!  You can register by coming in to the library, calling 860-349-9544 ext. 3, or signing up online here on our blog or on our website!  Simply go to the top of this page and click on the programs and events link or on our website go to the Teen Programs page and you will find a form to sign up.

Any other questions email me at

Thursday, October 9, 2014

College Admissions & Testing Explained!

Recent Yale graduate Brandon Wang's presentation will focus on insider tips on college admissions and standardized testing, and will feature a Q&A session. Attendees will be granted a coupon for a free SAT class at the end of the presentation.

Brandon Wang is a recent graduate of Yale University with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Brandon serves as the General Manager of Bulldog Tutors and is an expert on standardized testing and the college admissions process. He himself boasts a track record of a nearly perfect SAT and 3 perfect SAT II scores. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books on philosophy and medicine, singing in an A Cappella group, and going to the gym.

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd
Students & Parents
No Registration Required

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy birthday..

...Sherman  Alexie!

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Want to get Zombified?


Caroline Wilcox
Special Effects Workshop “Zombification”
AGES 12-18
Using professional stage makeup and some very ordinary items, Caroline Wilcox will show you some  special effects techniques that will completely transform you into a zombie character.  We will be creating disfigurements like burns, wounds, scabs, bruises and more; get ready for the gore!  

The makeup is professional cosmetic grade, FDA approved and is formulated for easy removal with soap and water.   Student palettes are prepared by the instructor for single use only.

Durham Public Library  ~  Sponsored by the Durham Library PALS

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Karen!

It's Karen Cushman's birthday!  Why not read her book as a birthday gift to her?

Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in; not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks. Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.