Ghost Hunt at the Chapman Branch!
by Lexi Johnson, Day-Riverside Branch
Are you a fan of ghosts? Interested in the paranormal? Surprise, we are too.
If you are looking to interact with something otherworldly this October, join us on October 22nd for a ghost hunt at Chapman!
The event will be virtual - kind of like watching a live episode of the Ghost Whisperer or Ghost Adventures but better, because we are exploring our own turf! We will work side-by-side with the Advanced Paranormal Services, a group of ghost hunting professionals, to see what might be haunting the halls of Chapman. The building is 103 years old and seems to have collected ghostly visitors over the years. Staff have reported seeing a woman and a few children, puppets moving of their own accord and an apparition of a woman in a column of light. Don’t believe us? Well, many years ago, staff decorated a Christmas tree in the building only to find that - the next morning - all the decorations had been removed from the tree and placed in a neat circle around it. No one had entered the building during the course of the night. Still don’t believe us? Tune in to see if we find any!
We will be raffling off several dowsing rods, digital EMF readers and an analog EMF meter. Any teen who shows up for the virtual hunt will be entered into the raffle - they do not need to have completed the City-wide Scavenger Haunt. The Advanced Paranormal Services will offer up a presentation on ghost hunting techniques that would pair very well with any hardwon ghost hunting tools!
Click below to join the event (and enter code 805268) on October 22nd at 5:30pm!
Library Coding Camp
by Stephanie Costa, Main Library
If you've been visiting The City Library for at least three to four years you might remember Code Club. Code Club was a program where kids and teens, ages 8-18, could come and learn computer coding skills each week at the library. Library staff were on hand to help, but students primarily led themselves through a series of coding challenges from the beginning level to more advanced projects. The program ended in 2019 due to a variety of factors, but some students have often mentioned that they miss the club.
Enter 2021 Anderson-Foothill Branch volunteer, Sanskriti. Sanskriti was one of those students that loved Code Club and missed it terribly. This summer, as a Teen Squad volunteer, Sanskriti dedicated herself to reinventing Code Club in a new way. She created a website!
Here's what Sanskriti wanted to share about Library Coding Camp:
Welcome to LCC, the Library's new Coding Club! Here is where you can find resources to learn to code in addition to some project ideas on what to do with your new found knowledge and power. As of now the library's more beginner friendly lessons are still in the process of creation, but please check out the 'lean more' section, which contains links to other nonprofits and companies eager to aid you in your coding journey - for free.
We are so proud of all of the incredible projects our Teen Squad volunteers have created, and this project is no exception. Sanskriti's hard work is a gift for all of our community members looking to expand their knowledge and skills. We hope you'll enjoy exploring coding with LCC and we can't wait to see what future generations of coders make next.
Library Coding Camp is accessible to anyone, not just City Library users, and not just teens. You can find a link below and on this blog's Teen Squad page.
5 Spine-Tingling Graphic Novels
by Saia, Glendale Branch
October is here! It's time to get into the season by reading some creepy, horrifying, and most of all, hair raising graphic novels that will get you into the spirit of things!
Beware! these graphic novels are not for the faint of heart. Not only will the stories give you chills but the horrifying pictures that you encounter will be sure to give you nightmare's! Are you brave enough to take a peek at what lies inside?
The Last Halloween, Book 1: Children
By: Abby Howard
The Last Halloween, Book 1 is the story of Mona and her unusual friends, who must work together to defend humanity from countless horrific monstrosities! Perhaps they will succeed, and humanity will prevail as it always has. Or perhaps this will be... The Last Halloween. (Provided by publisher)
A Gift for a Ghost
By: Borja Gonzalez
A Gift for a Ghost involves two parallel stories that reflect and intertwine in a tale of youthful dreams and desires. In 1856, Teresa, a young aristocrat, is more interested in writing avantgarde horror poetry than making a suitable marriage. In 2016, three teenage girls, Gloria, Laura, and Cristina, want to start a punk band called the Black Holes. They have everything they need: attitude, looks, instinct...and an alarming lack of musical talent. They've barely started rehearsing when strange things begin to happen. As their world and Teresa's intersect, they're haunted by the echo of something that happened 160 years ago (Provided by publisher.)
Through the Woods
By: Emily Carroll
Through the Woods contains five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.
These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.
Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there... (provided by publisher)
By: Vera Brosgol
Anya's Ghost is about a girl named Anya, who is embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body. She has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse. (Provided by publisher)
The Crossroads at Midnight
By: Abby Howard
The Crossroads at Midnight is a collection of literary slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace and connection in the world of monsters and darkness. (Provided by publisher)
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