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Monsters, Aliens, and True Crime!

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As the weather is getting cooler and the days shorter, October is the time to be scared! We have several programs coming up that embrace the spooky, the surreal, and the unknown. Be prepared for chills down your spine!

Monsters Around the World
Sandston Library
October 19-20, 10:00am-6:00pm
Join us for our museum-style exhibit of pictures and evidence of monsters from around the world. You can learn about each monster and its place of origin, and decide for yourself if these international stories are fact or fiction. Bring your camera for photo ops with Yeti, El Chupacabra, and all their menacing friends. All ages are welcome, but recommended for school age children to adult.

To further your cryptozoology research, check out American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America by Linda Godfrey and Tracking the Man-Beasts: Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More by Joe Nickell

The October Country: Readings From Ray Bradbury
Fairfield Library
Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00pm
Get in the Halloween Spirit with this classic collection of weird and macabre tales from one of America's greatest short story writers. First published in 1955, The October Country, long considered a classic of the genre, contains some of Ray Bradybury's (1920-2012) most atmospheric writing.

For more creepy, atmospheric short stories, check out Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Countryby Chavissa Woods and The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg.

Into the Mind of a Serial Killer
North Park Library
Thursday, October 25th, 6:30pm
USA Today bestselling author Tina Glasneck takes us into the mind of a serial killer, revealing the secrets behind the macabre. Her presentation will also introduce the cyclical nature of said behavior.

Learn more about serial killers inThe Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe and Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Tefler

Orson Welles and the Alien Invasion Panic
Libbie Mill Library
Wednesday, October 31st, 2:00pm or 7:00pm
Eighty years ago on, October 30 1938, Orson Welles and "The Mercury Theatre on the AIR" allegedly scared America with a faked alien landing based on The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells, no relation. Join us as we rebroadcast the original from our studio at Libbie Mill.

If you are interested in reading more alien invasion stories try The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin or Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler (ebook only).
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