Put on your comfy sweater and join us for a cozy book chat complete with fall-themed games! Please register and the link to the program will be sent to registered participants 24 hours before the event start time.
Join a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of community and learning as they share their story as a transgender person followed by plenty of time for dialogue and questions. An invitation to join this online Zoom event will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days before the event.
Howdy friends! If, during this cold, grey month, you frequently find yourself staring woefully out a window and sighing intermittently, you should probably consider finding a goblin king (or any fae being of sufficient power) to spirit you away to a far-off fantasy world. Should no such opportunities present themselves, I suppose you could treat your autumnal malaise by checking out a new book or two. Bah humbug.
Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett
“a dying wizard tries to pass on his powers to an eighth son of an eighth son, who is just at that moment being born. The fact that the son is actually a daughter is discovered just a little too late”
It’s Pratchett. It’s magic. It’s worth it.
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
“Experiencing an epiphany within the most daunting prison of the monstrous Lord Ruler, half-Skaa Kelsier finds himself taking on the powers of a Mistborn, and teams up with ragged orphan Vin in a desperate plot to save their world”
Not to be pushy, but you should read this book. Like, you should really read this book. With its evocative, dark setting, lovable characters, and engaging action (not to mention a smattering of court intrigue and heist-planning goodness), Mistborn is easily my favorite fantasy novel.
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
“Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in the Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth”
If you are the kind of person who sees moving into an abandoned subway train and learning to speak the language of sewer rats as a viable life goal, this book is for you.
Seraphina – Rachel Hartman
“In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer. The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being. When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien”
Seraphina‘s atmosphere is immersive, its mysteries are engaging, and its strong emotional core is just melodramatic enough to be fun. Also dragons!
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
“Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts”
Turtles All the Way Down is a uniquely beautiful story, one full of valuable insights into chronic anxiety, interpersonal relationships, coping with loss, and all sorts of delicious coming of age stuff.
Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently!
I’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.
The Queen’s Assassin, Melissa de la Cruz (YSF DEL)
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice.
Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman (first book Scythe) (YSF SHU)
Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (FIC JAC)
A deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the dramatic struggle that ensues when an unexpected visitor interrupts their unusual way of life.
The Selection, Kiera Cass (YSF CAS)
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
Reflection, Elizabeth Lim (YFIC LIM)
When Shang is grievously harmed by a blow meant for her, Mulan, still disguised as Ping, travels to the Underworld with Shang’s lion guardian to bring him back.
The Last Magician, Lisa Maxwell (YSF MAX)
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic–the Mageus–live in the shadows, hiding who they are from the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power–and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order–and the Brink–before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
The Witches, Roald Dahl (JFIC DAH)
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (305.896 BALDWIN JAMES)
A plea and a warning to citizens to examine the actual state of America after a century of emancipation.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (FIC LEE)
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout’s carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.
Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (YFIC ROW)
Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, two seasonal best friends organize ultimate Halloween plans to celebrate their last working year together.
The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (YFIC TUR)
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Hello guys, gals, and other pals! Today I wanted to compile a list of scary books for brave people to read this Halloween!
The Twisted Book Of Shadows- Many Authors
Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process, none of the editors had any idea who the authors were, nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore and hellish futures.
Pet Sematary- Stephen King
When a little boy’s pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetery, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins.
Beautiful Darkness- Fabien Vehlmann
A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic. Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous as petty rivalries and factions form.
The Exorcist- William Peter Blatty
I mean… you know… scary.
Imaginary Friend- Stephen Chbosky
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.
Anyone who reads knows stories have real power. Today I’ll be talking about that, and the science behind it!
First of all, humans interact with the world through stories. We are a compilation of the stories we most identify with. If you think you are smart, you are telling yourself a story about being smart. Our self-perception and the way we interact with others is all based on the stories we tell ourselves.
This is so important because if we have an incomplete story about a group of people, we may be led to conclusions that simply aren’t true. If we read more, we can understand things from differing perspectives rather than just one.
Secondly, stories help us learn. When we hear stories, we learn in more dimensions. Trying to learn through bullet points is like looking at the world in black and white. We see the information, and put it in our brains. Learning through stories is color! Not only do we get the facts, we get the experience tied with it, which can give a whole new meaning. Human brains work in a cause and effect way. Stories are told the same way we experience life, which makes them invaluable.
On top of all of that, stories activate parts of our brain as if we were actually participating in the story! When study participants read a sentence about a boy kicking a soccer ball, their motor cortex lit up. We take emotions from stories as well, and can share them! That’s why when you watch a movie where a character dies, you feel sad. The director told the story in such a way that you identified with it, even though it’s not about you.
When someone tells you a story, they are inviting you into their mind. You get to see their perspective, their feelings, and their thoughts. You can see yourself in their shoes, even just for a bit.
Hello ladies, gentlemen, and other assorted fellows!
Reston Regional Library is doing a book bingo this month, and it’s super fun! All you have to do is read a row of three books (up, down, or diagonal), and email firstname.lastname@example.org your completed board!
Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote! Read one or two essays or the whole book of Women Making History: the 19th amendment created by the United States National Park Service. Reserve your copy by placing a hold online or call your local library branch to have them help you! Please read at least one of the essays in the book so you can share and discuss the journey women took to get the right to vote and how important voting is today. A Zoom invitation will be emailed to registrants one day before the event. To use Zoom you will need a computer or smart phone and an internet connection, or join by telephone. Log in to the meeting up to 15 minutes before the start time. Ages 12-18. R. Registration is required.
Download a bingo card and read along. Get three books in a row and we’ll enter you into a drawing for prize! Submit your completed bingo to email@example.com Ages 12-18. Continue reading though October with this activity!
Missing trick or treat? Have a great costume, but can’t show it off? Come to our virtual Halloween party! We’ll play Halloween jeopardy, admire each other’s costumes, and maybe tell a spooky story or two.