book review by Matt Jaggi
Matt reviewed this classic, magical thriller for our October edition of Teen Reads. Find more book recommendations by Librarians and teens on our Teen Reads BiblioBoard Page by clicking here.
To place a hold on a library copy of The Witches visit our catalog here.
Check out Matt's video review below. Or continue reading for a partial transcript of the video.
"Hey guys! It's Matt Jaggi here with the Salt Lake City Public Library. So, I wanted to do another book discussion for our teens, because we miss all of you, and we want to give you some fun reading recommendations that you can do during quarantine. So, the book I chose for this week is called The Witches by Roald Dahl. And truth be told, it is more of a junior book but it is so funny. I promise you will not regret reading this, in fact I give myself permission to read this book at least one time a year, and I always get through it in an evening and I'm always just like shaking with laughter 'cause it's that good.
"So, a little bit more about this book...it revolves around this young boy. We actually don't even find out his name in the book, but he and his grandma, grandmamma, they go on "holidays" they call it in England, to this little hotel. And there they meet all the witches, and they have to come up with a way to try and defeat all of these witches, 'cause the witches are plotting to turn all the children of the world into mice! And so, it's just really, it's a gem. Trust me on this.
"So, if you just need like a fun, delightful read, The Witches is your book. And I also checked and it is available for checkout on Libby. Probably Overdrive as well. All you need is your library card to set up a free account and you can check it out as an audiobook or and ebook. Alright, happy reading guys. We miss you!"
by Maddie, Main Library
Halloween is just a few days away! Try out these spooky treats for a quick snack break between Zoom sessions!
What you’ll need:
Step One: Cut the apple into quarters and carve out “mouths” in each piece.
Step Two: Spread peanut butter into each mouth. Then use a dab of peanut butter to attach two mini marshmallows as eyes above the mouth.
Step Three: Thinly slice a strawberry to make “tongues”.
Step Four: Place a strawberry slice into each mouth and then add candy corn as teeth. If the candy corn is too big, you can cut it down to fit.
Step Five: Devour your monster!
This is just one example of the many monsters you can create with fruit, candy, and peanut butter. Feel free to run wild with these ingredients! Give your monster a strawberry mohawk or use marshmallows as squishy teeth— the weirder the better!
by Christine, Chapman Branch
Did you know that Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a tradition thousands of years old? It was first practiced by people such as the Aztecs and Toltecs. For them, death was the next chapter in a person’s life. Instead of grieving for someone who had passed away, they celebrated that person’s life and honored their memories.
Did you know that Día de los Muertos is observed October 31-November 2? This is a time when it is believed that those who have died have the opportunity to leave the spirit realm and visit loved ones in the mortal world. Those who observe Día de los Muertos often visit gravesites, leaving possessions or favorite food of the deceased and make ofrendas (altars) honoring dead loved ones with calaveras, marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Calaveras are skulls, and can be represented with masks and also are made into chocolate or sugar skulls. Festivities also include music and dance performances, decorating sugar skulls, and face painting.
This is just an example of an ofrenda, you can also include candles, food, and pictures.
Did you know that you can celebrate Día de los Muertos with The City Library virtually this year? You can enter our art contest, click here for the link. We will also provide some fun craft boxes that can be picked up from our Chapman, Day-Riverside, Glendale, and Marmalade branches. There are three boxes to choose from, one box per family: sugar skull box, a mini altar (ofrenda) box, or a paper flower box. Boxes will be available starting October 23 through November 7, Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm, as long as supplies last.
Please watch our library website and our social media accounts for more information about getting craft kits and celebrating Día with The City Library this year.
by Anderson-Foothill Teen Squad Team Orange
Team Orange Teen Squad Volunteers
As a part of the City Library Teen Squad Program 2020, we are created a Quaranzine! In essence, our magazine is intended to document people's experiences during social distancing as well as provide entertainment by including socially distant, community-engaging games and featuring local artists. Additionally, we have created an Instagram page to feature some of our interviewees and their responses to our quarantine interview questions. Follow us @quaranz.ine and read the complete Quaranzine by clicking the button below.
by Becca & the Teens from Alphabet Soup
Enjoy this list of LGBTQIA+ media selected by Alphabet Soup teens, including their quotes describing why they love these TV shows, movies, podcasts, YouTubers, and video games!
Alphabet Soup is an inclusive, safe, (now virtual) hangout where LGBTQ+ teens and teen allies can explore identity through conversations, gaming, casual activities, and more! The group meets Wednesdays at 4pm. See our Events page for more details on attending one of our events.
This list includes teen and adult titles. Use your personal discretion in deciding which are appropriate for you, and feel free to ask for more recommendations on a particular topic through our contact page.
Alphabet Soup's Favorite LGBTQ+ TV Shows
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13)
DVD MOVIE Perks of
I like how this movie covers complex topics, without making it obvious to the person watching it. It shows queer representation in many different lights - how some days you are proud, and sometimes you are ashamed. It really captures the life of real LGBTQ+ teens.
Hairspray (not the musical version!) (PG)
DVD MOVIE Hairspra
Divine was my first introduction to being queer. She does the whole performance in drag. There is a great sense of humor and the ability to make jokes about things that are normally seen as serious. It influenced how I react to people reacting to me. Laughing it off, as opposed to getting upset or angry. Rather than leaning into the stereotypes they throw at me.
Alphabet Soup's Favorite LGBTQ+ Podcasts
Alphabet Soup's Favorite YouTubers
Alphabet Soup's Favorite Video Games
Every October I want to spend way too much money on Halloween decorations, especially on window clings! They are such an excellent way to communicate a commitment to spookiness to the outside world! This year I decided to make my own! It was very cheap and made a good, fun mess of my kitchen. Watch this video for a quick tutorial on how to make your own bloody handprint clings! If bloody handprints seem too gory, you can also make spooky green alien hands!
Cada octubre quiero gastar demasiado dinero en decoraciones de Halloween, ¡especialmente en adornos para ventanas! ¡Son una manera excelente de comunicar al mundo exterior mi dedicación al terror! ¡Este año decidí crear unas en casa ! Era barato e hizo un grande y divertido desastre en mi cocina. ¡Mire este video para obtener un tutorial rápido sobre cómo hacer sus propias huellas de manos sangrientas! Si las huellas de manos ensangrentadas parecen demasiado espantoso, ¡también puedes hacer unas manos alienígenas verdes espeluznantes!
The Girl From The Well, Rin Chupeco.
Okiku is spending her afterlife taking justice and revenge to a whole new level. She exemplifies “an eye for an eye” as she stalks the earth for those who harm children. She believes herself forever bound for this fate until she meets a teenage boy whose body contains an evil she never could have imagined.
Available as a Book.
Five Midnights, Ann Dávila Cardinal.
Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre are doing their best to solve the onslaught of murders devastating Puerto Rico, but all their work has led to nothing. If they are going to discover who is causing the slaughter, they will have to embrace the idea that not all mysteries can be contained by this mortal realm.
Available as an Audio eBook.
Undead Girl Gang, Lily Anderson
Some of us like our horror funny and our comedy horrible. Lily Anderson’s book Undead Girl Gang is the perfect combination of macabre and hilarity. I refuse to tell you anymore, because I can’t bear to spoil the book that could someday serve as a guidebook for any and all girl gangs.
Available as a Book, eBook or Audio eBook.
The Things She’s Seen, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
I, and a select few, love ghosts. Ghosts as a concept, ghosts as an aesthetic and ghosts as wishful hopes for a more paranormal world. This book is laden with ghosts, dark secrets, small towns and will certainly set the mood for a formidable Halloween.
Available as a Book or eBook.
Slice of Cherry, Dia Reeves.
What’s it like to have a famous serial killer for a father? Let Kit and Fancy tell you! This page turner will walk you through the minds of sisters who are discovering that killer instincts might be genetic.
Available as a Book.
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