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October 2018

With Halloween approaching, your children may be asking for spooky stories. While some younger readers love thrills and chills, others are more sensitive to things that go bump in the night. If you’re looking for a gentle scare, we’ve put together a list of 13 books that provide safe places for children to learn about the world and their own emotions.

Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat by Nick Bruel

A group of monsters shows up on Bad Kitty’s doorstop. Kitty is scared until she decides to take matters into her own paws!

Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown doesn’t like Halloween, so he draws the shades and climbs into bed. However, the barnyard animals have other ideas. Big surprises are in store for Farmer Brown!

Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant

Herbert is worried about his first Halloween – but with help from his dad, a special tiger costume, and some roaring practice, Herbert finds confidence on Halloween night.

How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan

Want to know how to scare a ghost? This book will provide young readers and listeners with all the tips they need to lure in and frighten a phantasm!

Tacky and the Haunted Igloo by Helen Lester

It’s Halloween, and Tacky the Penguin’s friends have prepared the scariest igloo in the Arctic. It’s the best Halloween ever, until a a group of ghostly hunters show up demanding treats. How will Tacky save the day?

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose go trick-or-treating, but what will they do when they hear a swamp monster is looking for them?

Fright School by Janet Lawler

In this story, school-age zombies, ghouls, and ghosts learn how to scare trick-or-treaters. But what in the world scares monsters?

The Frightful Ride of Michael McMichael by Bonny Becker

When the Thirteen bus pulls up one stormy evening, Michael boards it despite some grave misgivings. Creepy and funny, with a surprise twist!

It’s Halloween, Chloe Zoe! by Jane Smith

It’s Halloween, but one house is way too frightening to visit. With the help of her friends and her dad, Chloe Zoe finds the courage to discover what treat is behind its foreboding front door!

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl

Peep can’t wait to go trick-or-treating, but Egg thinks Halloween is too scary! What will convince Egg to brave the night?

Samurai Scarecrow: A Very Ninja Halloween by Rubin Pingk

Yukio loves Halloween and his sister loves him. When Yukio carves a pumpkin, Kashi carves one much like it. When Yukio maps out his evening, Kashi’s map looks veeery similar. Upset, Yukio says some things he doesn’t really mean. What can save their Halloween?

Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

In this atmospheric book, mysterious green eyes watch from the darkness as trick-or-treaters pass by. But to whom – or what – do the eyes belong?

Halloween Good Night by Rebecca Grabill

In this rhyming bedtime story, werewolves, witches, zombies and other cuddly monsters will help you count down the minutes until bedtime.

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The baseball season allows fans of the game to keep one foot planted in summer. The only problem is, once the final pitch of the World Series is thrown, they are suddenly cast out of that hot, sunny season and left standing at the threshold of winter. Looking for a way to prolong the season’s afterglow just a bit longer? We’ve assembled a list of 16 books to help you better enjoy the postseason.

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

Babe Ruth was the biggest performer on the biggest stage of his time. Montville explores the facts, as well as the myths and legends, of the man some claim saved baseball after the Black Sox Scandal.
 
 
 

The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski

Buck O’Neil, the breakout star of Ken Burn’s famous baseball documentary, was a friend and teammate of Satchel Paige, as well as a historian and advocate of the game. He and Posnanski traveled America in search of his baseball history.
 
 
 

In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me by Lang Whitaker

A devoted fan’s perspective on the Braves’ long run of championships and heartbreak.
 
 
 
 

Rickey And Robinson: The True, Untold Story About The Integration Of Baseball by Roger Kahn

Any Roger Kahn baseball book deserves attention. In this work, Kahn delves into the efforts of Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson to integrate major league baseball.
 
 
 

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

A more nuanced portrayal than once could be found of the first great Georgia-born baseball player.
 
 
 
 
 

Moneyball by Michael Lewis

The story of the 2003 Oakland A’s, whose groundbreaking front-office practices took the team to the postseason despite a limited payroll. Brad Pitt played the lead in the movie.
 
 
 
 

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig

Eig’s book is an in-depth look at the quiet superstar who resided in Babe Ruth’s shadow for most of his career.
 
 
 
 

Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game by George Vecsey

A solid, one-volume history of the game. The Louisville Courier Journal said “This book is an instant classic – a highly readable guide to America’s great enduring pastime.”
 
 
 
 

Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson

A powerful account of the history of the Negro Leagues and the conditions under which the games were played.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Click here for the rest of the list and you’ll be taken into our catalog, where you can view (and request!) one (or more!) of these books.

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Oct 15 2018

Are You Sleeping?

by Dea Anne M

Thomas Edison famously referred to sleep as “an absurdity” and “a bad habit.” Of course, one could argue that the advent of artificial light disrupted our natural sleep patterns forever for good or ill. Certainly, when I was coming along in college and then further along in my working life, the general consensus was that if one was faced with an overloaded schedule, sleep was naturally the first thing to go. My friends and I bragged about how little sleep we were getting. That seems ridiculous to me now but at the time it seemed like a badge of honor – proof positive that our lives were full, rich and interesting. Don’t even get me started on the epic battles my parents had with me about my more than reasonable bedtime. Small children need their sleep but to me it just didn’t seem fair.

My current thinking on sleep and its importance diverges wildly from Edison’s as well as my younger selves. I make sleep a priority these days and I find that the much touted eight hours a night is just about perfect for me. Of course, some people really do fine on less and then there are folks who need quite a bit more. Model, Heidi Klum says that she sleeps 10 hours a day and LeBron James reportedly needs a full 12 hours. Personally, I find that enough sleep eases stress, keeps my appetite stable, makes exercise more satisfying…in short life is just more fun!  My 25 year old self would say…”How can it be more fun? You’re asleep…you’re missing so much!” To that self I say now, “You don’t know what you’re missing.” My five year old self  would say “But…why?” and, of course, the proper reply to that is “Because I said so. Now go to bed!”

Current research indicates that sufficient sleep helps with metabolism, memory and concentration, and athletic performance. As well, it might decrease your risk of heat attack, stroke and diabetes.

Are you someone who needs help getting the sleep that you know you need or are you someone just interested in learning more about the fascinating (and in many ways still mysterious) world of sleep? Never fear! Either way, DCPL has got you covered.

In recent years, the most visible person lending face and voice to the importance of sleep is Arianna Huffington. Huffington, who has provoked plenty of controversy through the years, is probably best known as the co-founder of the Huffington Post (now known as HuffPo) the news and opinion website. A few years ago, Huffington was your typical high achieving go-getter and sleep was in no way a priority. Then one day exhaustion finally laid its claim. She collapsed at her desk and woke up in a pool of blood with a broken cheekbone. Much has changed since then and Huffington is a true believer in the power of sleep. Check out her book The Sleep Revolution: transforming your life one night at a time and find out how you too can benefit.

But wait! There’s more! Try these titles too for more about the importance of sleep and how you can reap its rewards.

Nodding Off: the science of sleep from cradle to grave by Alice Gregory

Sleepyhead: the neuroscience of a good night’s rest by Henry Nicholls

The Sleep Solution: why your sleep is broken and how to fix it by W. Chris Winter

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Wild Nights: how taming sleep created our restless world by Benjamin Reiss

So tonight, do yourself a favor and…go to bed already!

Also, of course, sweet dreams.

 

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