Friday, December 02, 2016

Winter Bookmark Crafts

In the spirit of the cold weather and celebrating the PERFECT time to curl up with a book under a blanket, here are some winter bookmark crafts you can make using household materials or recycled holiday cards.

1. Recycled holiday card: Birds bookmark

2. Paint chip bookmarks or gift tags
3. Snowman popsicle stick bookmark
Source: Alpha Moms

Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Saturday, November 19, 2016

10 Larger-than-Life Movie Monster Films

Sometimes it’s nice to watch a giant monster stomp on a tiny replica city. In the golden age of monster films, limited special effects led to two kinds of monster films: the superimposed film-on-film flicks where the creatures were enlarged to massive proportions (movies like Them!) or man-in-suit monster movies featuring actors in heavy suits with camera work and miniatures providing the size reference (such as in movies with Godzilla). While these films are far from terrifying by today’s standards, these once-frightening creature features are available through the library system for a night of giant monsters. Grab your popcorn and enjoy!

1. Tarantula (1955)
If you've ever wondered what a radioactive, experimental tarantula can do if it gets loose in a remote desert, perhaps this is the movie for you. Trigger warning: giant icky spider on the loose being pursued by army men in jeeps.

2. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Two times the monsters, two times the destruction. Featuring the man-in-suit gargantuan Godzilla and nimble King Kong, this film is fun and exciting to watch. Tokyo doesn’t stand a chance between the antics of these two mega monsters!

3. Gorgo (1961)
Before there was Jurassic World, there was Gorgo. Set in Britain, a mysterious sea dinosaur creature nicknamed “Gorgo” is taken back to Britain for a circus act. So, what’s more terrifying than a 65-foot tall dinosaur? Its mother.

4. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
This film was one of the first Atomic monster movies. The Beast featured in this movie, a prehistoric dinosaur, is awakened by atomic bomb testing. Unlike most monster movies, this beast is contagious...

5. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
This film may cause major feels. The monster in this film travels across continents and grows from a tiny hatchling in the care of scientists to a giant creature as it roams in fear around the Earth - harmless for humans until animals and humans attack the creature and force it to fight for survival. This is one monster movie where the monster might not be the villain after all.

6. The Giant Behemoth (1959)
An irradiated Paleosaurus terrorizes ships in the ocean and swims up the Thames. Unlike other monsters, this one is racing against time: the radiation is killing it, and it is desperate to reach its home... which happens to involve taking a shortcut through London.

7. Mothra (1961)
If it can be said that a monster is beautiful, Mothra is definitely worthy of the word. Unlike the stomp-and-smash monster rampages of other films within the genre, this film features a protector-monster, guardians of a primitive island, well meaning but curious scientists, and a greedy man determined to make money off of the discovery of Infant Island.

8. Beginning of the End (1957)
Set in nearby Chicago, an agricultural mishap creates a swarm of giant grasshoppers intent on eating Chicago. There's nothing quite so terrifying as a giant bug with enormous eyes and pincers that decides it likes the taste of humans...

9. The Blob (1958)
It creeps. It oozes. It eats people. It is the monster with no shape and no apparent weaknesses, devouring cars, diners, and terrified nurses with ease. How can it possibly be stopped? Check out this classic flick to see how a couple of teenagers act to save the town and stop THE BLOB.

10. Them! (1954)
If you've seen any scary movies lately, you've probably seen a lone child looking pale and kind of creepy giving vague statements about something they've just witnessed.  Bonus points if the child points off into the distance. Them! is arguably the monster movie that featured the first noteworthy scene with a lone child wandering out of a decimated town and as the only clue to what is killing the good townspeople in the desert at night. If you like suspense, this is a monster movie for you.

By Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk, on November 26, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Take a Book and Cook: Halloween 2016 Edition

The season of spooks and sugar is upon us. Here are some awesome recipes to pair with spooky books that are available at the library:

1. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
Spiders hatching en masse terrorize everyone. Yikes! An incredibly frightening read featuring the often vilified eight-legged critters that strike fear in the hearts of many.

A recipe for this book: Totally terrific spiderweb cupcakes that will make your tastebuds tingle
Check it out at ambrosia

2. Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier
A twist on your typical witch-cursed town: there's technology surveillance keeping the curse from spreading!

A recipe for this book: Witch head baked apples (and it's gluten free!)
Check it out at Be Free for Me

3. The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
This suspenseful book is about the last Japanese couple inhabiting an apartment building that sits on top of a cemetery. At least the neighbors are quiet...

A recipe for this book: A tasty eggplant dish suggested as an alternative to the practice of carving eggplants at Japanese funerals

4. Pushing Up Daisies: An Agatha Raisin novel by M. C. Beaton
A developer plotting to turn a community garden into a housing complex turns up dead. It's up to Agatha Raisin to solve the case!

A recipe for this book: Cemetery cookies

Check it out at Myrecipes

5. A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
A fresh take on Jack the Ripper with a monstrous twist of its own.

A recipe for this book: Bloodspatter Cookies!
Check it out at Foodista

6. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Slender, slender, slender man......

A recipe for this book: Scared ghost strawberries that are SO cute...
Check it out at Taste of Home

7. Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Fear the ocean - it can compel you to walk in and never walk out. This novel follows Bridey, a sixteen year old girl trying to unravel the mysteries within her town that are causing townspeople to walk into the waves.

A recipe for this book: Tentacle Pot Pie
Check it out at Babble

8. World War Z by Max Brooks
Yes, this one is older. But have you read it? The movie is nothing like it. If you like documentaries, this will shock you with its unique way of documenting the zombie apocalypse.

A recipe for this book: Brain Cheeseball (NOT terribly gross or scary, I promise!)
Check it out at Happy Hour Projects

9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling
If you haven't checked it out yet, perhaps it may suit your fancy. After all, you might just be a wizard.

A recipe for this book: Head to Starbucks for a secret-menu frappuccino interpretation of Butterbeer that's said to be quite tasty!
Check it out at Secret Menu

10. Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley
The video game series about the frightening evil animatronics haunting a pizzeria now have a novel for teens! Explore this game lore- and beware the bear.

A recipe for this book: Check out a video tutorial to make Chica's cupcake!
Check it out at Cup Cakes Meal

Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Things We'll Miss About Stephanie

Library Clerk Stephanie Moore will be saying goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District this week, and in honor of her departure we have made a list of the top ten reasons our library will miss Stephanie. 

10) She still hasn't earned her Mutt-I-Gree.

09) Our Halloween Walk needs a turtle.

08) It's trad, dad! 

07) Beaded headband? Check.

06) She would often wax nostalgic for the golden age of digital downloading.
05) She makes a really big deal over Groundhog Day.

04) Three words - Junior Green Thumbs.
03) Wisconsin Dells, forever. 

02) The Fish! Philosophy is her philosophy.
01) Obviously, the ladies. 

Best of wishes, Stephanie!

Posted by Grahm Underwood, Computer Lab Supervisor