Frankenstein/The Wolf Man Double Feature

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The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man, along with the other golden age Universal Monsters, are among the cinema’s most memorable characters and helped define the horror genre in the United States. This special double feature event includes 2 fully restored classics Frankenstein (1931), starring Boris Karloff and The Wolf Man (1941), starring Lon Chaney, Jr. These landmark motion pictures sparked a legacy that continues to inspire numerous remakes/adaptations that reinforce the legend of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, from Old Hollywood to the present.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites you to a free showing of Frankenstein (1931) and The Wolf Man (1941), October 19 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Enjoy popcorn while you’re there.

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Dust and Shadow

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“I will be very much mistaken if the colour of this investigation, black as it were before, will not have darkened by this evening.”  ~Sherlock Holmes

 In her debut novel, Lyndsay Faye presents a thrilling tale of horror and suspense featuring the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson. The duo investigates a series of murders, seeming all connected to one terrifying serial killer, Jack the Ripper!  As time goes on and the killings continue unstopped by Holmes, the people of London begin to ponder the ultimate question: Could the great detective possibly be involved?

First of all, I applaud Lyndsey Faye for tackling not only the Jack the Ripper killings in her first book, but for her flawless integration of Sherlock Holmes lore. The idea of placing the famous Sherlock Holmes against the equally famous Jack the Ripper isn’t necessarily novel, however, her approach brings refreshing and exciting new life to this supposition.

At first I worried that the inclusions Jack the Ripper would entail a lot of gore and blood. Thankfully, the book focuses more on the reactions of Holmes and Watson rather than the gory details, leaving the gruesome imagination to the reader. This does not diminish the intrigue, horror, and heart-pumping suspense of the story in any way. We see Holmes slip further and deeper into desperate frustration under the weight of these terrible killings. We the readers are swept along until we are as anxious as Holmes is discover the true identity of Jack, in this electrifying, edge of your seat adventure.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no other book I would recommend more than Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye. In having Sherlock Holmes tackle Jack the Ripper, Lyndsay Faye combines these disparate ideas in an ingenious way that makes this completely enthralling. Recommend for fans of Sherlock Holmes, suspense, or anyone interested in a classic idea with a new twist!

Review by Wimberly W.

Henna Permission Forms

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Here is the permission form for the henna tattoo program this Thursday. Please have it signed by a parent or legal guardian if you would like to have a henna tattoo done.


Music Spotlight – September 2016

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Fifteen Years Ago…

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It’s hard to believe this year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Most incoming high school freshman weren’t alive when the attacks occurred. Even though that tragic day may still be fresh in your memory, it is becoming “history.” This weekend I read Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It is about a fifth grader named Deja from New York. From her classroom window, the New York City skyline is visible with the Twin Towers now missing. Her class was given an assignment about the two towers. Initially Deja couldn’t understand how buildings they could no longer see had anything to do with her life. Deja’s eyes were open to the ripple effect something like this has for generations to come and what’s really important in life. There are two other chapter books focused on the subject of 9/11: I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

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Picture books are available for younger children who may have questions about this topic. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein is about a French aerialist who amazingly walked between the towers in 1974 during the construction of the towers. Fireboat: the Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey by Maria Kalman handles the sensitive topic an an age-appropriate way. This book describes the growth of New York City starting with the Empire State Building and ending with heroes working to save this beautiful city on September 11, 2001. Showing the ripple effect internationally, 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy tells the story a tribe in Kenya who bestowed 14 cows on an American diplomat to show sorrow for the acts of September 11, 2001.

The topic of September 11’s attacks is a difficult subject for adults to grasp and even more difficult for children. Hopefully through these books you and your child may discover answers to questions that may arise about this subject. The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s website has some helpful resources: tips for talking to your children about 9/11, lesson plans to teach different grade levels about 9/11, and a museum guide for visitors with children. The muesum guide is full of pictures and topics of discussion geared toward children 8-11 years old. As we approach the 15th anniversary of this dark time, take some advice from a children’s chapter book and remember to focus on what is truly important in life: friends and family.



Events for Kids & Families

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Alphabet Storytime

Tuesdays at 10 am (Jan. 3 – Feb. 28)
Learn letter shapes and sounds. Hear stories, sing songs, make a craft, and experience a sensory activity related to the letter of the day.

Baby Storytime

Thursdays at 9:30 am (Jan. 5 – Feb. 23)
You and your baby (ages 0-2) will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more at this storytime.

Toddler Storytime

Thursdays at 10 am (Jan. 5 – Feb. 23)
Ages 2-3 can hear themed stories and fingerplays, get grooving to the music, take part in various large and small motor activities, and create a craft.

Pajama Storytime

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Jan. 2 – Feb. 27)
Grab your teddy bear and wear your pajamas for a fun evening of stories and songs designed for all ages.

Second Saturday STEAM

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 – 3 pm- Conduct science experiments, build structures, and create art all using candy! Sign up here.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 – 3 pm- To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month we will conduct science experiments about teeth and create art using tooth brushes. Sign up here.

Tale Waggers

Thursdays, Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 2 & 16, 5 pm
Grades K-6 can come and read to Lucky the therapy dog.

Candy Sushi Making

Saturday, January 28, 2 – 3 pm- Not everyone likes sushi, but most people will like this sweeter variety of sushi,  Assorted candy will be used to make sushi creations.

Dance Party

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 – 3 pm- Let’s get our hearts pumping, muscles moving, and give our lungs a workout while we dance to a variety of music.


Friday January 14, 4-6 pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday February 10, 4-6pm
Wreck It Ralph

Winter Read

January 6 – February 18
Pick up a log sheet and get prizes for reading 20 minutes a day. This program will conclude with a life size game of Candyland in the Children’s Department on Saturday February 18, 2 -3:30.


A Noble Treason

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Sophie Scholl was only 21 years old when she was beheaded by the Nazis in Germany on February 22, 1943. Her crime? Distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at the university in Munich where she was a student.

The leaflets were written and published by the White Rose, a small, underground group of students whose members included Sophie and her brother Hans. The White Rose stood for everything the Nazis did not—compassion, faith, hope, and freedom—and its members had the courage to stand up to Hitler and his ideas when others did not.

In A Noble Treason: The Story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Revolt Against Hitler, author Richard Hanser provides a detailed and history-filled account of the White Rose and Nazi Germany, focusing on Sophie and Hans Scholl. I’ve never quite understood how Hitler could rise to power and how so many Germans seemingly could be swept up in his ideology. Through Sophie’s story, I’ve gained a better understanding of the German people and the evolving circumstances of the time and how it was possible for Hitler to wield so much power.

The Nazis, however, held no power over Sophie, Hans, and the other members of the White Rose who were willing to die—and did—for what they believed to be right. Their bravery was shown even to the end, when facing the guillotine, they accepted responsibility for their actions and declared their belief in freedom. Sophie and Hans’ story got me thinking: Would I be willing to do the same? I’d like to think so . . . but would I?

Review by Karen T., Technical Services


YALSA 2016 Top 10 Voting

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This is the week to vote for your favorite 2016 YA book for the YALSA Top 10 List. Check out the video and then head over to their website to vote on your favorite nominee!


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places” (Goodreads synopsis).

“A busy and crowded station.” (Act One, Scene One, Sentence One)

Krystal’s Review

*Warning, unintentional spoilers may occur…

If you’ve read/watched the last book/movie, you’ll recognize the beginning of Act One, Scene One. This play begins at the ending of the last book/movie, where the Potters and Weasley-Grangers are at King’s Cross Station seeing their children off to Hogwarts.

As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd, you’d expect I’d have purchased AND read this newest of Harry Potter books as soon as it was released. You’d be wrong. I dragged my heels because I was genuinely SCARED to read this book/play. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting a Star Wars plot, and I wasn’t sure I could handle that. The major theme of father/son relationships was there, but my major fears didn’t come to fruition.

You all, I am so HAPPY that I didn’t wait too long to read this! It truly was fantastic to be back with all of the characters again. This play (and it is in play format, although as soon as you get into the story you forget and it doesn’t matter), brought all of the feels. Snape tells a joke! Who knew that Snape had a sense of humor?!!! I feel like I need to re-read all of the books just to see if he’d had one all along and I just missed it. And Draco! Who knew I’d EVER be fond of Draco Malfoy? At a few points in the story, I was happier with Draco than I was with Harry…ten points to Slytherin!

Besides getting to revisit most of our favorite characters, the plot was actually really good. If you are aware of the butterfly effect and know how time-travel can mess things up in the future, you’ll be okay with the back-and-forth of the plot line as Harry’s middle son, Albus Severus, and his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, jump back-and-forth from the past to the present. The plot weaves around events found primarily in The Goblet of Fire because it is there that the boys want to right a wrong of the past. Will they succeed? I guess you’ll have to read the play to find out!

Your favorite Teen Librarian,


CD Spotlight – August 2016

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Celebrating a Century of Learning

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The New Castle-Henry County Public Library is celebrating its centennial year. The library’s original building was made possible by funding from Andrew Carnegie. He was distributing his wealth to cities for the purpose of erecting libraries to give the general public access to books to better themselves and their position in society. New Castle qualified for funding and opened its doors on January 17, 1916.

Throughout this centennial year, the library has presented events, programs and showcased a pictorial history of the library as it has evolved through the years. Make plans to attend this month’s event, Heritage Day, on August 20 from 10 am-1 pm.

A little over a hundred years ago, in the late 1800s, our nation was still a new democracy. The United States participated in the World’s Fair and stunned the nations of the world with its technological and educational exhibits. The United States’ achievements were directly attributed to an educated society. The literacy rate was high and education was readily available. Basic education in most other countries was for the privileged and financially out of reach for the common person.

One hundred years later, our education system is still available and is required for the young. Occasionally, however, some students move into adulthood with low reading skills. Reading and comprehension skills are necessary to be productive and functional in today’s high-tech world. These students often simply need individual tutoring to improve their skills. Tutors at the Adult Learning Center help adults make positive changes in their lives, for themselves, their families, and their community.

If you want to make a difference in your life or another person’s life, contact Robin at the Adult Learning Center at (765) 575-5441 or send an e-mail to

The Eye of Heaven

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When I recently was looking for a new book to read, I wanted something that was fast-paced and exciting. I turned to one of my favorite action-adventure writers, Clive Cussler. I’ve enjoyed his Fargo Adventure books in the past, so I found the next one in the series that I hadn’t read – The Eye of Heaven.

As in the previous books in the series, Sam and Remi Fargo, the independently wealthy, adventurous husband and wife duo embark on a globetrotting expedition. In this book, they’re off to find the connection between a Viking ship frozen in the ice near Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle and pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts. As usual, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way and the inevitable villain who will do anything to reach the treasure before the Fargos.

Overall, this was a quick, entertaining read that met my expectations for a good, summer beach read. You can find it on the shelf at the library as well as our virtual shelf on Overdrive.

Review by Winnie Logan, Library Director