Halloween at the Library

Halloween has become a big holiday, second only to Christmas in the United States. About 68% of people in America celebrate the holiday. Lesley Bannatyne, of Somerville, author of “Halloween Nation,’’ attempts to explain the popularity of Halloween in an interview with the Boston Globe. “It’s a holiday that’s both extreme and tolerant,’’ said Bannatyne. “There are things you can do and wear on Halloween that you can’t do on November first. And there’s a big nostalgic element to it. There are people who loved Halloween as kids and won’t give it up.’’ Regardless of the reasons behind celebrating the season, a lot of people are doing it. The Rice Lake Public Library is a great resource for party and costume ideas .

The library hosted a pumpkin painting contest for kids last weekend, and the Costumed Piano Recital will be held on Monday, October 31 at 5 PM.

Come on in to the library for some free fun or some of these great books!

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New Books of October

The Cat’s Table
By Michael Ondaatje

In 1953, an 11-year-old boy spends 21 unsupervised days, aboard the ocean liner Oronsay, in order to meet up with his mother in London. This voyage proves momentous as significant events during the crossing profoundly impact the boy’s future while immensely expanding his world. Although seemingly at the periphery of society, seated at the so-called cat’s table, the boy’s dining mates are, in fact, a lot more instrumental in the ensuing intrigue aboard the ship than originally appears. As the years pass, the boy grows up to be an acclaimed writer with an international reputation (not unlike Ondaatje, especially for The English Patient, 1992), and frequently returns to the events of those three weeks and demonstrates how “over the years, confusing fragments, lost corners of stories, have a clearer meaning when seen in a new light, a different place.”

The Dovekeepers
By Alice Hoffman

In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic historical event, Hoffman weaves a spellbinding tale of four extraordinary, bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom comes to Masada by a different path.

House of Secrets
By Tracie Peterson

The lives of sisters Bailee, Geena, and Piper Cooper are shrouded in secrecy and shame. A request to return to the beach house of their youth is certain to unearth what they fear the most, and one thing is assured: their family will never be the same again. A romance for one of the sisters provides a welcome distraction. As facts are revealed and each character tries to accept the truth, readers will be riveted by Peterson’s skill in building mystery while deftly addressing the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Marriage Plot
By Jeffrey Eugenides

Set in the early 1980s, this is the tale of Madeleine Hanna, recent Brown University English grad, and her admirer Mitchell Grammaticus, who opts out of Divinity School to walk the earth as a pilgrim in India. Madeleine is equally caught up, both with the postmodern vogue and with the brilliant Leonard Bankhead, whom she met in semiotics class and whose fits of manic depression jeopardize his suitability as a marriage prospect. The book’s fidelity to its young heroes and to a superb supporting cast of enigmatic professors, feminist theorists, neo-Victorians, and concerned mothers, and all of their evolving investment in ideas and ideals is such that the central argument of the book is also its solution: the old stories may be best after all, but there are always new ways to complicate them.

Nightwoods
By Charles Frazier

Luce becomes foster mother to young twins when her sister is murdered by her husband. The traumatized children seem to have reverted to a wild state; they do not speak and have a troubling inclination to set fires. She is so isolated that she never even hears the news that her brother in law has somehow been declared innocent and is headed her way, in search of money he believes his deceased wife may have passed along to her. Time passes slowly for Luce and the children: she takes up with a local man who has inherited the rundown hotel where she lives, and the twins gradually begin to open up. When the children’s father arrives on their doorstep, the story takes a shocking turn.

Hanna (2011)

The content and opinions expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the Rice Lake Public Library.

Halloween Films 2011

The Birds (1963) Rated PG-13

When Melanie Daniels rolls into Bodega Bay in pursuit of eligible bachelor Mitch Brenner, the small California town is inexplicably attacked by thousands of birds.

Evil Dead II (1987) Rated NR

The sole survivor of the evil dead returns to the same cabin in the woods and again unleashes the forces of the dead.

Halloween (1978) Rated R

In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister. The silent child was incarcerated in the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. Michael’s hometown of Haddonfield was slowly begining to forget the tragic crime. That is until Loomis returns to the town to warn them of Myers’ escape from Smith’s Grove. With Michael set on killing a group of high school students, Loomis gets the hesitant town sheriff to help him stop Michael before it’s too late.

Ju-on (The Grudge) (2002) Rated R

An eerie tale of a family who is brutally killed in their own home, leaving behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowing homecare worker enters the spirit is awakened and a terrifying chain of events begin.

The Thing (1982) Rated R

New version of the 1951 horror film set at an Antarctica research station in Winter of 1982, where a scientific team of twelve men discover an alien being which has been buried in the ice for 100,000 years. As it defrosts, the “Thing” replicates dogs and men and becomes one of the research team. Includes John Carpenter’s ” The Thing, terror takes shape.”

PageTurners Read “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter”

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Tom Franklin

Silas “32” Jones and Larry Ott were great friends for a few brief months in their childhood. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to last. Suspicion is cast upon Larry when a girl goes missing who was last seen with him. Silas moved away to pursue his dreams of playing baseball and Larry remained, convicted but not in prison. Twenty five years later, a new mystery draws them together again. Another girl is missing, and everyone seems to think Larry caused it. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter explores the thin line between friendship and hatred.

The PageTurners Book Club met on Thursday, October 6 at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library to discuss this book. Six people attended.

Click on the book graphic below to see a full recap of book club members’ opinions.

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin is available at the Rice Lake Public Library. There are over ten copies of this book in the MORE System. Please visit the card catalog website or call us at 234-4861 to reserve a copy today.

The PageTurners Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. It usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library. Discussion lasts an hour; everyone is welcome.

Travelling with Sid Konell

Travel Presentation by Sid Konell

Thursday, October 13
6:30 pm

Sid Konell, Associate Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Personal Finance at UW-BC, shares his personal experiences from his travels to Ukraine as part of the Fulbright Scholar Exchange Program.

German Films

In honor of Oktoberfest, here is a list of German films to enjoy with your beer.

Das Boot (1985) Rated R

At the height of World War II, a young submarine crew heads out to sea on a top-secret mission that all but ensures most will never make it home alive. Ordered to patrol the Atlantic and destroy an allied armada bringing supplies to Britain, these raw recruits must band together, bracing themselves against a depth-charge assault from an unseen enemy. Can the captain and his crew summon the strength to escape their watery grave?

Goodbye Lenin (2002) Rated R

Alex’s proud, socialist mother falls into a coma for eight months. When she wakes, her heart is weak, so Alex has to keep the secret that the Berlin Wall has fallen and capitalism has triumphed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam.

The Lives of Others (2006) Rated R

Set in East Berlin in 1984, a secret service agent assigned to monitor a playwright and his girlfriend begins to question his assignment and his loyalty to the government.

Run Lola Run (1998) Rated R

 Time is running out: Lola has just received a frantic call from her boyfriend Manni, who’s accidentally lost a small fortune he was to deliver to his mobster boss. If they cannot find a way to replace the money within twenty minutes, Manni will surely suffer severe consequences.

Wings of Desire (1987) Rated PG-13

A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel’s path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that’s comical, touching and entertaining.