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Crafty Kids

Have you ever stumbled upon the library’s collection of craft books for children? They’re in the 700s (near the art books), and chock full of great ideas for creative kiddos of all ages. Origami? Absolutely. Knitting? Indeed. Sewing? Mask-making? Scrapbooking? Ceramics? Yes, it’s all there! Check out some of these favorites, and let us know which craft books your kids adore:

Create with Maisy book coverKid Made Modern book coverKids Crochet book coverMartha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids book cover

1-2-3 Calligraphy! book coverOrganic Crafts book coverPaper Airplanes book coverSneaky Art book cover

Create with Maisy / Lucy Cousins

Kid Made Modern / Todd Oldham

Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages / Kelli Ronci

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids

1-2-3 Calligraphy!: Letters and Projects for Beginners and Beyond / Eleanor Winters

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-friendly Art Activities / Kimberly Monaghan

Paper Airplanes: Models to Build and Fly / Emery J. Kelly

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight / Marthe Jocelyn

Off the Page: Children’s Audiobooks

If you’re looking for something to captivate youngsters during an end-of-summer road trip, OPL has you covered! Each of our library locations carries a selection of children’s audiobooks to engage even the wiggliest of passengers. Ask library staff to help you find book/CD kits, too; these are books that include a CD so kiddos can read along with the audio.

Have you tried audiobooks with your kids? Let us know which ones they have especially enjoyed!

Classic Tales

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book on CD coverCharlotte's Web book on CD coverHarriet the Spy book on CD coverJust So Stories book on CD coverPeter Pan book on CD coverPhantom Tollbooth book on CD coverRabbit Ears book on CD coverThree Tales of My Father's Dragon book on CD cover

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll

Charlotte's Web / E.B. White

Harriet, the Spy / by Louise Fitzhugh

Just So Stories / Rudyard Kipling

Peter Pan / J.M. Barrie

The Phantom Tollbooth / by Norton Juster

Rabbit Ears (folk and fairy tales)

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon / Ruth Stiles Gannett

 

Contemporary Picks

Becoming Naomi Leon book on CD coverBud, Not Buddy book on CD coverDiary of a Wimpy Kid book coverHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince book on CD coverSerpent's Shadow book on CD coverMagic Tree House book on CD coverTale of Despereaux book on CD coverWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon book on CD cover

Becoming Naomi León / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Bud, Not Buddy / Christopher Paul Curtis

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series / Jeff Kinney

Harry Potter series / J.K. Rowling

Kane Chronicles series / Rick Riordan

Magic Tree House series / Mary Pope Osborne

The Tale of Despereaux / Kate DiCamillo

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon / Grace Lin

 

The Right Book, the Right Reader: Last, She Bowed

My first story of finding the book that made someone a reader is one of my favorites.

I work closely with classes at Markham Elementary, and last year one class began visiting me at Eastmont every two weeks. They were a small class, first and second grade special ed, with a warm and attentive teacher who worked hard to help each student find a book they wanted to check out. 

One girl, a child of six I'll call Josefina, had not yet learned to read, and was not interested in doing so. 

It's not hard to identify the reluctant readers in a class visit. They're the ones who, every time you show them a book, look at you something like this:


A reluctant reader throws shade on an EXCELLENT book suggestion 

Josefina's very kind teacher was showing her books that she might like, and Josefina was giving her reluctant reader face. The teacher explained to me that Josefina was still learning to read, and needed something with very simple words to practice on. The books she wanted, though, were the DC Super Pets readers her classmates had swarmed upon like ants on a lollipop. Josefina wanted cute, cartoony pictures; she *needed* something with short, simple words, lots of open white space, and minimal sentences per page.

Well, I just did what any children's librarian worth her salt would do: I pulled out the Mo Willems books. I am especially fond of Elephant and Piggie, and the best part is, they're as good for struggling older readers as they are for little guys; superb cartooning, expressive linework, funny like a good joke. Josefina, though, went wide-eyed over Cat the Cat

Josefina LOVED Cat the Cat. 

Josefina checked out Cat the Cat. Her teacher read it with her, and then she read it on her own. Josefina came back wanting MORE Cat the Cat. Josefina checked out and read every Cat the Cat book in existence. (There are four)* And then, Josefina came in with her teacher all a-flutter and asked for the Cat the Cat book where she does ballet.

I searched; we reviewed all four books; we determined that there IS no Cat the Cat book where she does ballet. On the cover of Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly, Cat is striking a pose and wearing pink; Josefina had remembered that picture and invented a Cat the Cat book about ballet. Josefina deflated like a little polo-shirted balloon when I explained to her that, sadly, the book she was looking for did not exist. And then, I added my standard follow-up to that sentence: "...but since you want to read it, and it doesn't exist, you should write that book yourself."

I've said that to a bunch of kids over the years, and most of them have responded with the same look of hope and intrigue I got from Josefina. But I was in no way prepared for the phone call I got four weeks later from Josefina's teacher: they'd been writing, illustrating and binding the book for the past month, it was finished, and Josefina was bringing me a copy TODAY.


Also, the teacher told me, Josefina was so nervous about presenting me with the book that she couldn't eat her breakfast that morning, and the teacher wanted to make sure I knew how important it was to her so I could react accordingly.

When they came in, I was prepared with a thousand watt smile, a Cat the Cat poster I'd picked up from a giveaway, and a circle of chairs in case Josefina wanted me to read her book to the class. She did. In fact, because her book is so wonderful, I'd like to read it to you. I can never look at it without picturing Josefina shaking, hopping from foot to foot, clutching her first published work to her tiny chest, and then breaking out in a grin as she handed me one of four copies in the world of TINA, THE CAT BALLERINA.

I present it to you below in its entirety (though with her name redacted), with thanks to Mr. Willems and recommendations that you read every single book he's ever made (available at your local public library!). And as you read, I want you to pay attention to the author's already remarkable sense of narrative structure-- her pacing is spot on, and I challenge any seasoned children's author to craft a more perfect last line than Josefina's: "Last, she bowed."

Cat the Cat was the right book for Josefina. It made her not only a reader; it made her an author. Here's to many more right books in Josefina's future, including a long bibliography of her own.

--Miss Amy

TINA, THE CAT BALLERINA, by Josefina

   

(aww)

First, Tina the Cat Ballerina went to ballet school.

Next, she was happy she went.

Then Tina was dancing in a ballet show.

 Last, she bowed.**

*Mo Willems, if you are reading this, please write more Cat the Cat books. Actually just write more of everything.

**Josefina, if you are reading this, please write more books and bring me copies.

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, Lakeview Book Club Notes

          

Hello Everyone,

 What a great meeting about Telegraph Hill by Michael Chabon!

 There were 10 of us and our leader did a great job! She had done research on Michael Chabon and told us about his early life in Columbia, Maryland in an almost utopian middle class Black and White community. This background gave credence to his depicting a multiracial/multicultural world on Telegraph Avenue. One member told us that she knows Michael Chabon, because their children attended the same school. She said he is a really nice person. Other members have heard him speak at other venues and thought he seemed shy, almost childlike, but seemed really nice.

 Our discussion leader set the stage for us by finding a play list of 126 of the 128 musical mentions in the book. We sat down to the background music of sweet/funky jazz played on an Ipad. We were provided with a long list of Chabon’s awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Our leader’s assessment of reviews was that Telegraph Avenue was critically acclaimed, but regular readers either loved it or hated it.

 Her first question of our members, who have lived in Oakland for a long time, was whether the depiction of Telegraph Avenue in the past actually was correct for the time. The group discussed how the Bay Area has changed demographically over the last 30ish years. One member pointed out that Oakland used to have a 50% Black population and now Oakland is 25% Black, 25% White, 25% Asian and 25% Hispanic/Other. In other words the Black population has gone down in the recent years. There was "Black Flight" to Atlanta and Antioch due to the difficult conditions here. Overall the members of the group, who were in Oakland in the past, thought Chabon's depiction was accurate.

 Discussions next were of the structure of the book, the character development and themes. We figured the themes were Shared Community, Fatherhood and Racism.

 People liked the relationship between Gwen and Aviva. Gwen and Aviva had the most stable relationship of the characters in the novel. The character Gwen questioned her relationship to the community she lived in. She wondered if she should be with her own community. She did, however, feel she was not supported by members of her own community. The book club members disagreed as to whether the two women were the main characters of the novel. One member pointed out that women are the foundation of every society. This might mean that if they were not the main characters of the book, they were the foundation, the stability, of the book.

 Members thought the description of childbirth was really accurate. As various times during the discussion a member mentioned a page number and read a passage she thought to be outstanding. The childbirth passage was one of these. One member said that WAS her childbirth experience. Members thought that the character, Gwen, was justified in telling off the racist doctor.

 Another passage that members liked was where Gwen talked about enduring life's difficulties, and there is no way that you can prevent those negative perceptions from being passed on to the next generations. We thought her comment on marriage being based on deception and lies to be profound. People are all flawed, but look for a unit to belong to.

 One member commented that it was passages like these that kept her reading, although she found it difficult to stay engaged throughout the novel. This member liked the second half the book best. Another liked the beginning better.

 The character, Luther, is a tragic person in the novel. He never reached his dreams, yet never gave up on those dreams, unlike most people who become disillusioned and, therefore, adjust their life views to be resigned to what life has given them.

 Regarding the style, the group discussed chapter 58, which has no period. Most people didn't care. One compared it to James Joyce. That person said that Oakland was to Michael Chabon as Dublin was to James Joyce (or vice versa). Another member strongly disagreed to a comparison of Chabon to James Joyce. That member said that Chabon was no James Joyce. She could read James Joyce all day and love it and she could not make it through Telegraph Avenue. She thought the endless "guy" details about records and comics and other such minutia was an insurmountable barrier to continuing with the book. Others agreed. Several couldn't finish the book. They thought that Chabon was "full of himself" and his choice of words. They thought he was intellectual, i.e. left brained, and unable to catch the reader emotionally the way that James Baldwin did for us in Another Country.

 One member didn't like the characters, couldn't keep them straight and generally got bogged down in the details. Other comments on style had to do with stream of consciousness passages and another chapter of 30-40 pages without a period in it. A comment was made about there being a "little pomposity," and another member immediately said, "A LOT." Members of the group who had trouble staying engaged, who are in their 50's, 60's and 70's, felt life was too short to push through this book. One mentioned that she might have liked it better if she read it in her 30's.

 Several mentioned that the reader couldn't tell what race the characters were. Some thought that was a good thing and others thought it was a problem. We all wondered what Black people would think of this book, in fact, would Black people even read this book?

 One comment was that Chabon was trying to write the Great American Novel. Many thought he did not succeed. One thought that maybe with the passage of time, this book would be considered as the Great American Novel. Someone asked what is considered The Great American Novel. Two suggestions came out, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick.

 Several comments on the use of jargon which they thought very accurate, such as the use of the words Shameless and Scand'lous. One comment was the beauty of the dedication of the book to Chabon's wife, referring to phonograph records, "from the drop of the needle to the innermost groove."

 Regarding the symbolism and plot devices one member pointed out the clever choices of Chabon such as the owner of the Blimp, who was as big as a blimp, that the book begins with a death and a birth and ends that way...that the theme is about the cycle of life which is set is a record store...where records are round.

 We discussed the locations cited in the book and commented that there really is a record store on one of the locations.

 So the consensus seemed to be just as predicted, Michael Chabon is a brilliant writer, who uses words and plot and style in ways others have not quite done. His insights are true and places in this novel shine beautifully, yet around half of the group, though understanding why people really like Chabon, or even this novel, could not expend the energy to stick with it. The clever writing wasn't enough. Those people wanted to connect with the characters emotionally and just were never able to do so.

 So often we agree overall as to the merits and general enjoyment of a book we have chosen, yet for this title we were almost equally divided, but loved to hear what our friends thought. This is a wonderful group!

 Thank you all for sharing.

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 (Any misinterpretation of anything found in my notes or memory is all mine. Please accept my apology if I misheard, misunderstood and/or misquoted any of you.)

 Happy Reading,

 Mary Farrell, Branch Manager, Lakeview Branch

 

 

Full Steam Ahead: Picture Books about Trains

Here’s an understatement for you: train books are popular at the library. They have the power to capture the attention and imagination of wiggly toddlers, curious preschoolers, and knowledgeable school-aged kids alike. They inspire squeals of delight when discovered and, sometimes, tears of despair when returned! Come find these tried-and-true books at the library for the train lover in your life:

Trains book coverAnd the Train Goes...book coverFreight Train book coverDown by the station book cover Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! book coverCaboose who got loose book coverLittle engine that could book coverI saw an ant on the railroad track book coverSeymour Simon's book of trains book cover

Trains / Byron Barton

And the train goes-- / William Bee

Freight train / Donald Crews

Down by the station / by Jennifer Riggs Vetter ; illus. by Frank Remkiewicz

Trains : steaming! pulling! huffing! / by Patricia Hubbell ; illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

The caboose who got loose / Bill Peet

The little engine that could / retold by Watty Piper ; pictures by Loren Long

I saw an ant on the railroad track / by Joshua Prince ; illus. by Macky Pamintuan

Seymour Simon's book of trains / Seymour Simon

 

The Right Book for the Right Reader: Introductions

Greetings! Many of you already know me as Miss Amy, especially if you are under three feet tall and have attended a storytime at Montclair Branch, the Main Library Children's Room, or Eastmont Branch in the last six years. I'm one of your friendly children's librarians, and in this series I will discuss a topic that drives children's librarians and keeps us invested in our profession. A thing that keeps us hard at work, hour upon hour, day after day, and I'm not talking about googling "is Kadir Nelson married*"-- no, it's our guiding principle, the beacon we follow when all else is dim.

It is the concept of the right book for the right reader.

What does this mean?

Well, basically, the "right book for the right reader" means that for every person out there, there is a book that they will love so much that they will become convinced that reading is fun, and they will seek it out as an activity to engage in by choice. Children's librarians work with a lot of what we call "reluctant readers"-- kids who can read, but don't like to, and won't do it unless compelled to by a teacher, parent, or other adult. In theory, there is a book out there for every reader, no matter how reluctant, that they will love.

I'm not sure I believe in "the right book for the right reader."

I sure believe in matching everyone with the best books possible for their tastes; book + person matchmaking is one of my favorite tasks as a librarian. But I don't know if it's true that every single person would become a reader if they found just the right book. Some people don't like to read, and that's cool.

And yet for every child who comes to us with crossed arms, a stormy face, and mumbles of "have to read something before school starts," we start up the chase. It's kind of our white whale-- the right book for that reader may or may not be out there, but we'll pursue it until one or both of us dies from exhaustion or the kid's parents take them home.


A children's librarian perishes in pursuit of the perfect book for a child

I have a collection of memories that make me think this white whale exists-- times when I've seen a child (or adult) connect with a book in a way that changes everything. These are the stories I'll be sharing here, and my spyglass is trained to the sea for more**, so feel free to leave your own stories in the comments. What was the book that made you a reader? Mine was TROUBLE IN DEVIL'S BAYOU, which I remember looking at while lying on the living room floor at age three (or so they tell me) and suddenly all the words made sense. Yarrr, a fine book, that.

--Miss Amy

*Yes he is

**CONFESSION: I have never read MOBY DICK

Chef Memoirs and Other Delicious Titles

During the past six weeks the library has been hosting food related programs and events for adults as part of our Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Program.  In keeping with this theme, I've highlighted memoirs written by chefs and food writers.

Yes, Chef     Four Kitchens     Nine Lives     Life, On the Line

Heat     Spoon Fed     Steal the Menu     Cooked

Yes, chef : a memoir / Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson was a young child when his mother fled her Ethiopian village for Addis Abba with her two children in tow to seek a cure for tuberculosis.  His mother died and Samuelsson was adopted by a Swedish family.  He developed a love of cooking from his Swedish grandmother who he helped in the kitchen on Saturday mornings.  Samuelsson's memoir explores the chef's journey from his grandmother's kitchen in Sweden to his adventures in New York at Aquavit  and eventually to the opening of his restaurant, Red Rooster, in Harlem.  Committed to creating a diverse kitchen and dining room, Samuelsson works with young people from various backgrounds to help them develop a place in the kitchen and welcomes jazz musicians, presidents and ordinary people into his restaurant.

Four kitchens : my life behind the burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris : a memoir / Lauren Shockey
At the French Culinary Institute, Lauren Shockey learned to salt food properly,
cook fearlessly over high heat, and knock back beers like a pro. But she also
discovered that her real culinary education wouldn't begin until she actually
worked in a restaurant. After a somewhat disappointing apprenticeship in the
French provinces, Shockey hatched a plan for her dream year: to apprentice in
four high-end restaurants around the world. She started in her hometown of New York City under the famed chef Wylie Dufresne at the molecular gastronomy hotspot wd-50, then traveled to Vietnam, Israel, and back to France.  Shockey shows us what really happens behind the scenes in haute cuisine, and includes original recipes integrating the techniques and flavors she learned along the way.  -From Publisher's Description

Nine lives : a chef's journey from chaos to control / Brandon Baltzley
At twenty-six years old, Brandon Baltzley was poised for his star turn as the
opening chef at Chicago’s hotspot Tribute. People called him a prodigy—the
Salvador Dali of cooking—and foodie blogs followed his every move. Instead,
Brandon walked away from it all and entered rehab to deal with the alcohol and cocaine addiction that had enslaved him most of his adult life.  Nine Lives serves up a raw and riveting memoir about food, rock-and-roll, and redemption.  -From Publisher's Description

Life, on the line : a chef's story of chasing greatness, facing death, and redefining the way we eat / Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
Achatz, "one of America's great chefs" ("Vogue"), shares how his drive to cook immaculate food won him international renown--and fueled his miraculous triumph over tongue cancer. "Life, on the Line" is also a book about survival, about nurturing creativity, and about profound friendship. -From OPL Catalog Summary

Heat : an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta maker, and
apprentice to a Dante-quoting butcher in Tuscany / Bill Buford
Expanding on his James Beard Award-winning New Yorker article, Bill Buford gives us a richly evocative chronicle of his experience as “slave” to Mario Batali in the kitchen of Batali’s three-star New York restaurant, Babbo.  In a fast-paced, candid narrative, Buford describes three frenetic years of trials and errors, disappointments and triumphs, as he worked his way up the Babbo ladder from “kitchen bitch” to line cook . . . his relationship with the larger-than-life Batali, whose story he learns as their friendship grows through (and sometimes despite) kitchen encounters and after-work all-nighters . . . and his immersion in the arts of butchery in Northern Italy, of preparing game in London, and making handmade pasta at an Italian hillside trattoria. 
-From Publisher's Description

Spoon fed : how eight cooks saved my life / Kim Severson
Somewhere between the lessons her mother taught her as a child and the ones she
is now trying to teach her own daughter, Kim Severson stumbled. She lost sight
of what mattered, of who she was and who she wanted to be, and of how she wanted
to live her life. It took a series of women cooks to reteach her the life
lessons she forgot-and some she had never learned in the first place. Some as
small as a spoonful, and others so big they saved her life, the best lessons she
found were delivered in the kitchen. -From Publisher's Description

Steal the menu : a memoir of forty years in food / Raymond Sokolov
When Raymond Sokolov became food editor of The New York Times in 1971, he
began a long, memorable career as restaurant critic, food historian, and author.
Here he traces the food scene he reported on in America and abroad, from his
pathbreaking dispatches on nouvelle cuisine chefs like Paul Bocuse and Michel
Guérard in France to the rise of contemporary American food stars like Thomas
Keller and Grant Achatz, and the fruitful collision of science and cooking in
the kitchens of El Bulli in Spain, the Fat Duck outside London, and Copenhagen’s
gnarly Noma. -From Publisher's Description

Cooked : a natural history of transformation / Michael Pollan
In his newest title, Pollan makes a case for reclaiming cooking rather than relying on corporations to provide us with overly processed foods.  Pollan uses each of the four elements -- fire, water, earth, and air -- to master a recipe, a task that he accomplishes with a barbecue pit master,
a baker, a group of brewers, and a Chez Panisse trained chef.
Posted by Rebekah Eppley on 7/26, Dimond Branch
 

What Are We Reading Right Now?

Children’s librarians tend to hold in our hearts a deep and abiding love of children’s literature. We read kid's books for work, but we read them for pleasure too! Check out the variety of books that Oakland Public Library’s Children’s Librarians are reading, and let us know which books you're excited about right now:

Amy Martin, Eastmont Branch

Center of Everything book coverThe Center of Everything / Linda Urban

Andrew Demcak, Golden Gate Branch

City of Gold and Lead book coverCity of Gold and Lead / John Christopher

Annabelle Blackman, West Oakland Branch

I kissed the baby book coverOld Black Fly book coverOld MacDonald book cover Voices from the Disaster book cover

I Kissed the Baby! / Mary Murphy

Old Black Fly / Jim Aylesworth ; illustrations by Stephen Gammell

Old MacDonald / retold and illustrated by Jessica Souhami ; designed by Paul McAlinden

Titanic : Voices from the Disaster / by Deborah Hopkinson

Anne Lennon, Melrose Branch

Another Brother book coverGoblin Secrets book coverPart-time Princess book coverPig Parade is a Terrible Idea book cover

Another Brother / Matthew Cordell

Goblin secrets / William Alexander

Part-time Princess / Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Cambria Evans

A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea / Michael Ian Black ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Dayni Kuo, Asian Branch

Grandaddy's Place book coverGrandaddy's Place / by Helen Griffith; illus. by James Stevenson

Janet Cheung, Asian Branch

Emily of Deep Valley book coverEmily of Deep Valley / Maud Hart Lovelace; illus. by Vera Neville

Laurie Willhalm, Main Library

Throne of Fire book coverThe Throne of Fire / Rick Riordan

Nina Lindsay, Main Library

P.S. Be Eleven book coverP.S. Be Eleven / by Rita Williams-Garcia

Ted McCoy, Cesar Chavez Branch

Aliens on Vacation book coverAliens on Vacation / by Clete Smith; illus by Christian Slade

Comic-Con is on!

The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego.  The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today.  Nominees for titles published in 2012 are truly exceptional.

Titles with the most nominations are:

Building StoriesBuilding stories by Chris Ware with nominations for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design.

This work, made of many small books, posters and cards, and encased in a box the size of a large board game, tells the story of the residents of an apartment building in Chicago.  At times sad and at others forward-looking we peer into the lives of a single and lonely young woman, a couple, on the verge of a break-up and other inhabitants.  This work has also been honored with spots on the top ten lists of the New York Times Book Review, Time Magazine, and was named Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year.

FataleFatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Cover Artist.

Fatale is the story of a mysterious and beautiful woman who has been in hiding for 80 years.  She seems ageless, perhaps immortal.  In the present day, a reporter, Nicolas Lash, is pursuing her.  In a parallel story line, a reporter in San Francisco is pursuing this same woman in the 1950s.

HawkeyeHawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja, also nominated for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Penciller/Inker, and Best Cover Artist.

In this on-going tale, Clint Barton, or Hawkeye as he’s known as part of the Avengers team, fights the dirtiest criminals in New York City along with his sidekick, Kate Bishop.

Find the full list of nominees (and winners, tonight) in all categories here

What are some of your favorite comics and graphic novels?  Geek out in the comments.

Posted on: July 19, 2013, by Jenera Burton, Piedmont Ave branch

 

 

Mysteries of the Unknown

Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.

Ghosts book coverAre you afraid yet? book coverHaunted Histories book coverBeastly Tales book coverMystery of the bermuda triangle book coverAre you psychic? book coverMystery of UFOs book coverEncyclopedia Horrifica

Ghosts: a nonfiction companion to A good night for ghosts / by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Are you afraid yet?: the science behind scary stuff / written by Stephen James O'Meara; illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy

Haunted histories: creepy castles, dark dungeons, and powerful palaces / J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters

Beastly tales: Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster / written by Malcolm Yorke

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle / Chris Oxlade

Are you psychic?: the official guide for kids / Helaine Becker; Claudia Dávila, illustrator

The mystery of UFOs / by Judith Herbst; illustrated by Greg Clarke

Encyclopedia horrifica: the terrifying truth! about vampires, ghosts, monsters, and more / Joshua Gee