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Ghost Stories

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Ghost: “Soul or spectre of a dead person, usually believed to inhabit the netherworld and to be capable of returning in some form to the world of the living.” - Encyclopedia Britannica

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! No one can send chills down my spine quite like the Encyclopedia Britannica! That’s some scary stuff in… ok, well maybe the encyclopedia isn’t the best place to go looking for ghost stories, but here are a few places that are.

Breathe: A Ghost StoryBreathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish

Jake and his mother move into an Old English farmhouse which turns out to be more haunted than quaint. The ghosts who live there (or dead there?) are definitely not the Casper kind.

My rating: Three Nights of sleeping with the lights on.

The Shining

The Shining by Stephen King

I can't have a list of ghost stories without this one. The Kubrick film is also a must-see.

My rating: Buying a new night light, a big one...

Haunted Canada Haunted Canada by Pat Hancock

"True" Stories about hauntings across Canada.
Fortunately none of these stories are set in my house.

My rating: Two nights of hiding under the covers
with your old teddy bear and a baseball

Curious GeorgeCurious George Rides a Bike by Margret Rey

Oh George, why did he have to be so curious?? Ok, this one isn't a ghost story, I just wanted to read something happy after Haunted Canada.

My rating: A great night's sleep

Do you like scary stories? If so let us know your favourite one, and don't forget to include your rating!

Freedom to Read Week Feb 21 - 27

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Freedom to Read Week

It's Freedom to Read week again, and if you're thinking, "so what, I can read whenever I want, I don't need to have a week about it" think again!

Freedom to read week is an annual event which challenges us to think about intellectual freedom in our society. Even in a nation such as Canada books and magazines are pulled from shelves, removed from classrooms, banned or otherwise challenged almost every day. Whether it's The Anarchist's Cookbook or Judy Bloom's Are you there, God? It's Me Margaret, Freedom to Read Week encourages us to take a closer look at the reasons books are banned.

For more on banned books check out this post by one of my favourite bloggers. Be sure to check out Freedom to Read Week's website by clicking the image above.

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days

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Emily doesn’t know who she is. At least not for the time being. You see, she has a strange case of amnesia right now, and as she will tell you: “AmnesiaEmily Strange sucks rocks: big…black…rocks.” She has managed to indentify that she is left-handed, seems to like the colour black and the number 13, and has discovered/ rediscovered that she is good at communicating with cats. There are 4 black alley cats she really gets along with, it seems, and she names them McFreeky, Wily, Nitzer and Cabbage (names which they do not seem to acknowledge...of course, fans will recognize these cats as Mystery, Miles, Sabbath and Nee Chee, but Emily with her amnesia does not!)

Emily ends up in a small town called Blackrock, where, as she tells it, “there is never an Amnesia Recovery Centre when you need it.” She also rediscovers she is uncannily good at fixing and inventing things…including a sinister duplication device, which may have gotten her into trouble in the first place (most notably by producing an accidental Emily clone!) Whether Emily can handle Emily then becomes the question, yet this story is far from being a total nightmare’s more of a spooky adventure with few leads on our heroine’s identity, doppelgängers, a sandstorm generator, angry ponies, and many, many tickets issued against her (including one for loitering!).

Read Emily’s second journal and be delighted by her zany stories and fantastic illustrations – including a detailed map of Blackrock, alley cats and all – all in the vein of Emily the Strange of course. Emily has also become her own strange franchise, as somewhat of a counterculture icon, with cats and bats, golems, and attitude included.

Have Fun, Win Prizes and Practice English!

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ESL Teen Talk is an awesome program at the Library for ESL teens from 10 - 14 years old. It's a fun and casual place to practice your English conversation skills.

There are NO tests and NO grades - just lots of fun games and activities! You may even win some prizes.

To register for ESL Teen Talk at your Library, click here! You can also give us a shout at 403-260-2620.