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Library at Fall festival, Halloween party

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There will not be a program at the library on Saturday, Oct. 27, but we will be at the Kid’s Day Halloween Party being put on by the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 3201 S. Sunset from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food, games, a haunted house and a costume contest at 2 p.m.

There will also be no Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, Oct. 31, due to the Fall Festival being held at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be full of fun, free activities including candy from officers’ and first responders’ vehicle trunks, a Teal Pumpkin Project and music! For more information, call the library at 575-622-7101.

Book Talk by Amanda Davis
Reference Librarian

With Halloween approaching, it’s that time of year when you’re surrounded by spooky offerings through movies, TV shows and decorations, so why not enjoy some creepy books, as well?

“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman is set in a dystopian future, but also rides the line between paranormal, horror and suspense, with a good bit of mystery thrown in, as well. This is Malerman’s debut novel and starts with a young woman named Malorie deciding to finally venture out of the house with her two young children, but they all must remain blind-folded for fear of seeing some unknown horror that lurks outside.

The timeline skips around frequently to various points in the past five years to reveal the full story, but instead of feeling jarring, it actually makes it more gripping as you’re eager to finally learn the details of how Malorie got to her current state of affairs. It starts with an incident in Russia, where a man mysteriously attacks another in a brutal fashion, but thankfully this doesn’t lead to the typical zombie apocalypse. The origins are mysterious, which leaves the story to focus on how these people have figured out survival in this dangerous new world where simply looking outside could result in a brutal death for everyone. Even when I thought I had things figured out, the story still managed to surprise me and in a fairly believable way. “Bird Box” is available in the Adult Fiction section as well as in eBook format through Overdrive.

He decided to forego his father’s famous name, one and only Stephen King, to try to make his own way as a writer and Joe Hill definitely succeeds though there can be a resemblance. “The Fireman” sounds like it could be a spiritual successor to “The Stand,” as a new disease is running rampant across the country. Called Dragonscale, it leaves the infected with beautiful gold and black skin, but also the fate of spontaneously combusting at any given time.

Harper Grayson is a nurse who treats the disease-ridden until her hospital burns down and she contracts it herself and though she and her husband had made a pact, her being pregnant has made her decide to choose to live as long as possible. Faced with a world where fear-filled groups try to get ahead of the virus by taking out those they think may be a threat, even Harper’s own husband becomes her enemy in a fight for survival and wondering if the man in the dirty firefighter’s jacket is a hero to provide salvation or an enemy in his own right. “The Fireman” is available in Science Fiction, Large Print and Downloadable Audiobook, and if you’ve already run the course through King’s work, Joe Hill already has a decent-sized catalog of his own to keep you on the edge of your seat.