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07/20/2018 - 8:53am
Needful Things by Stephen King

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Needful Things by Stephen King
A wonderful new store has opened in Castle Rock, Maine. It's a place where you can get anything your heart desires - pleasure, wealth, power . . . but for a nerve-shattering price.

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that has served as a nexus for paranormal, supernatural, and metaphysical events through Stephen King's writing. Multiple works by King have been set in Castle Rock, including Needful Things, Bag of Bones, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and more. Multiple novellas, such as The Body and Gwendy's Button Box have also taken place in Castle Rock. The Shawshank Prison (from The Shawshank Redemption) is also located right outside of the town. Not too far from Castle Rock, is the infamous town of Derry - the fictional location for King's horrifying novel, It

Castle Rock is an upcoming American psychological horror web television series based on the stories of Stephen King, intertwining characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. It is set to premiere on July 25, 2018, on Hulu. It stars André Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey, and Sissy Spacek.

If you enjoy Castle Rock or the King books that took place in Castle Rock, check out these suggested titles filled with spooky happenings in small towns.

07/19/2018 - 10:28am
Joint Use Branch at the Barbara J. Fried Center

Thanks to generous support from the Stafford Board of Supervisors and in partnership with Germanna Community College, CRRL will be opening the Joint Use Branch at the Barbara J. Fried Center on August 20, 2018.

CRRL will provide a small collection, hold pick-up, Chromebooks, and the same outstanding customer service and expertise that you can depend on receiving at any CRRL location. At a later date, we’ll also offer Grow a Reader classes on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

We are excited about partnering with Stafford County and Germanna Community College in this new adventure.

07/18/2018 - 12:33am
Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke

Previously in his book Monstrous Creatures, author and podcast guru Aaron Mahnke discussed mythological beasts, such as the Jersey Devil, the Wendigo, and sneaky elves. In his new collection, Wicked Mortals, Mahnke relates evil of a different kind - a more human kind. Sometimes, the truth can be more terrifying in fiction.

07/16/2018 - 8:21am
Cover to Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, by M.T. Anderson

Greetings, brave adventurers! So you are looking for uncharted territory to claim and conquer, eh? You've already climbed the highest peaks and had lunch in the craters of the moon. So, where do you go next to do your exploring? Look no further than this hidden gem. This is a land of mystery and danger, a land of wonder and fright, a land with tyrannosaurs, tentacled creatures, and scariest of all....toll booths. Behold, Delaware!

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware is part of M.T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series, a highly absurdist take on children's detective and adventure series of decades past, the most obvious being Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and Tom Swift. The title character of this particular book is the star of his own fictional series that has fallen into obscurity. Just looking at Jasper Dash, you can see that he's from another time. Aviator goggles perched atop a perfectly parted swath of blonde hair. And that's when he opens his mouth and 19th-century slang falls out: "Hello, chums...What-ho and tippy tippy dingle and all."

07/13/2018 - 8:59am
If you like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the residence of the Ayres family for more than two centuries. Its owners, mother, son, and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as conflicts of their own. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life.

The Little Stranger is an upcoming British supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of same name by Sarah Waters. The film stars Domhnall GleesonRuth WilsonWill Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling. It is scheduled to be released on August 31, by Focus Features.

Looking for more Gothic novels in the vein of The Little Stranger? Check out these titles below.

07/19/2018 - 1:22pm
Fabulous Friday: A Pirate's Life for Me

Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail with your fellow swashbucklers on the high seas!

- Have you ever searched for buried treasure?

- Have you ever wanted to create your very own pirate flag?

- Have you ever earned a Piece of Eight?

Perfect your pirate skills as you walk the plank through shark-infested waters, make and design your very own ship, and test your cannonball-throwing abilities at the library.

This purely piratical Fabulous Friday for elementary school-aged children will be docking at the following times and locations: 

07/11/2018 - 11:32am

The library is launching a series of talks, called Cyber Smarts, to help you safely navigate the Internet. The first talk will be presented by cybersecurity professional Brian Thompson at Salem Church Branch on September 5, 6:00-7:30.

The rise of digital media in our daily lives can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes, it just seems easier to not worry about taking all the steps needed to stay safe online. Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be daunting. The National Cyber Security Alliance, with the Department of Homeland Security, has created an online safety awareness campaign to help everyone to stay safer online. The steps are easy to remember, just:

- Stop: make sure security measures are in place.

- Think: about the consequences of your online actions.

- Connect: and enjoy the Internet.

07/11/2018 - 9:43am
The Passage by Justin Cronin

I loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dark Shadows on TV when I was a kid, Anne’s Rice’s rock’n’roll vampires, and I even discussed what team I would join in the ‘tween Twilight Saga. I also devour vampire novels with “punny” titles such as Undead and Unappreciated by Mary-Janice Davidson, but I put The Passage on request at the library because of an article I read in Time Magazine that stated that vampires are scary again, and I do love a character that bites.

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