Monster Mash Up


Nottingham High School is throwing a Halloween Party on October 29.

  • Costumes welcome!
  • Read poems, sing, dance, inform
  • snacks provided
  • $1.00 admission fee
  • Located in LGIR of Nottingham

Check it out!

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Cultural Voices
Seeds of Peace
Spotlighting Justice
Harvard Academy Spanish 


Teen Advisory Board – November 6


Teens of Petit Library, join us for our next Teen Advisory Board!

What it is: A group of teens who meet with Petit’s Librarian Assistant (Lena) once a month for a bit, and talk about what they’d like to see the library provide for teenagers. It’s a way for you to have a say in our programming and events, and for you to directly have voice in this library.

When it is: Thursday, November 6, at 6:00p.m.

If you have any ideas, or want to get involved in community events for teens through the library, then definitely come by. Or even if you just want to take part in the conversation. Anyone is welcome. 

Topic: Our next meeting topic is the Young Poets’ Spoken Word event, details to be announced soon. You can help decide the prizes and other fun details.

So visit, talk for a bit, keep being awesome. 


Horror Movie Monsters

Horror Movie Monsters

October is a great time to watch horror movies in anticipation of Halloween. It’s fun to be scared, to laugh in the face of fear, or to just enjoy the nostalgia of watching the beloved axe murderers of your childhood …you know what I mean.

The horror genre is absolutely full of monsters (and people capable of monstrous cruelty), so we thought we’d put together an abridged field guide of horror monsters.

(from “Cabin in the Woods”)

As Seen In: Alien, Signs, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, etc.
Powers: Sometimes fancy technology, interest in colonizing or eating, the ability to hide in human flesh
Weaknesses: It depends on the alien. Sometimes you need explosions and fire, but sometimes you just need water, so keep throwing stuff at them until it works.

Axe Murderers, Serial Killers, and Homicidal Folks of All Sorts
As Seen In: Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street
Powers: Big weapons, weird obsession with killing teens, sometimes can defy physics and/or probability
Weaknesses: On some level, they’re just humans. You can’t really arrest aliens or ghosts or Cthulhu, but you can call the police on serial killers. Run into the street to get help, not up the stairs to hide.

Creepy Little Girls/Hauntings
As Seen In: The Ring, The Grudge, The Poltergeist
Powers: Being really creepy, getting into your house through strange means, and sometimes hiding part of their face behind their hair, which is a lot scarier when they do it than when the kid on your bus does.
Weaknesses: They’re usually stuck to one area or object. Get away from the burial grounds and haunted houses, and only watch movies on your computer. Samara has no idea how to use Netflix.

As Seen In: Almost every horror, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy you’ve ever read.
Powers: Strength, persuasion, sharp teeth, being really attractive.
Weaknesses: Can’t come inside if you don’t invite them. Can’t be out in the daytime. Can’t eat regular food. Can’t get a decent tan. Stake to the heart works best, but you can always just break up with them and they’ll usually get broody and leave.

As Seen In: 28 Days Later, Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead, Shawn of the Dead.
Powers: Being really hungry and infectious. Where there’s one, there’s usually a crowd, and it gets dangerous because someone from your team will get bit and not tell anyone.
Weaknesses: They’re literally humans without the consciousness, intelligence, tool-making, or the ability to run or jump. If you can defend yourself from the serial killer, the zombie is no big. It’s like staying away from any virus. Stay away from close living quarters, exercise, and get regular check ups.

Add your own! 

Comics and Webcomics

Comics and Webcomics

At one point, the world of storytelling using pictures was limited to print. But even then, this genre allowed for all kinds of cool things.

Superhero Comics




Comics in the Sunday Paper

Graphic Novels

But as the internet grew larger, many comic artists and storytellers moved to the digital realm. We’re seeing a rise in webcomics more and more every day.

When Watterson stopped writing Calvin and Hobbes, one of his reasons was that he was unhappy with the increasing restrictions on the form of comics. Because their size became more restricted in the paper, there was less possibility for large scenes, for creative arrangement, and for storytelling in general.

However, webcomics suggest an entirely new world for this genre. On websites, artists are not limited in terms of space, and they are their own publishers most of the time, allowing for these works to be as creative as the artists can make them. Even better– webcomic artists make money through views, so the audience has access to the work for free, and the artists are compensated. (Just make sure you link people to the actual artist’s site instead of rehosting the image!)

Perhaps the most famous webcomic right now is xkcd. 

Known for its simple style (stick figures) it at first appears like an even more simplistic comic than the worst fears for the Sunday Paper, but once you read a few it’s easy to see that this is an aesthetic choice that allows for absolutely incredible levels of creativity.

(Click this picture to explore an entire world on Randall Monroe’s page.)

Another artist, Allie Brosh, created a style of art made to look sloppy and childlike to mimic her tone.

(Click this picture to read about the Alot on Allie Brosh’s page)

While many of her comics seem like just funny stories from her life, she also uses her work to approach complicated, personal issues like identity and depression (Note: Some of her comics use strong language, so reader discretion is advised!) 

Other comics use much more detail, but the important part is that it’s up to the artist. There are artists who aim for one-panel jokes and others who continue long narratives that last years in real time.

The enviornment of webcomics allows for diversity in many ways. We’re seeing many more women creating art online than we did in paper, and artists are able to get started younger too.

Sarah Andersen, a twenty-one year old cartoonist, has started posting her comics right on tumblr.

(Click the image to read more!)

So whether you’re a comic reader or an aspiring artist or storyteller, don’t miss out on this genre!

What webcomics do you follow?

Halloween Horror! Tales for Teens

Halloween Horror
Tales for Teens

 horror flicks image

Petit Branch Library
Thursday, October 30

Want to scare yourselves and your friends?

Join us for an evening of telling horror stories the night before Halloween. Bring along a short tale or an excerpt to share, written by you or someone else. Or just come along to listen.

There will be a big bowl of candy, decorations, spooky lighting, and creepy music.

There’s no registration required, and it’s a casual event, so stop by and have fun!  If you can, click ‘attend’ on Facebook, so we know how much candy to buy. Invite your friends! Anyone grades 7-12 is welcome.

All content should be under or around five minutes in length and considered PG-13– so bring your story whether it’s silly-spooky or horrifically disturbing, so long as it doesn’t include excessive profanity, explicit sex, or graphic gore.

Because it’s horror, implied or lightly described violence is fair game, but if you’re unsure, you can check with Lena at or ask a parent or guardian.

Creepy Crafts Event

Putting together costumes for your Halloween costume? Not sure what might give it that finishing touch?

Come make Bloody Necklaces & Creepy Crafts 

  • Halloween (Oct 31) 2:00p.m.
  • Teens, grades 6+
  • Salina Branch Library
  • 454-4524
  • Looking for a little something to spice up your costume, or just a creepy and/or gross project to try?  Come learn how to make a necklace that looks like streaming blood, or a nasty oozing scab.
  • Free!

Events for gamers, moviegoers, and readers (Oh My!)

Are you a gamer? Want to come hang out with others? Check out TGIF4Teens

  • Friday October 3, 10, 24, & 31 from 3:30-4:30p.m.
  • Mundy Branch Library (435-3797)
  • Kinect
  • Free
  • Ages 13-17

Fan of books? Fan of movies? Come enjoy both at Book –> Movie Club 

  • This month Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • 6:00p.m. October 9 discuss the book
  • 6:00p.m. October 16 watch the movie
  • Salina Library (454-4524)

Readers’ & Writers’ Event- Meet the Author!

Readers & Writers’ Event!

Meet local author Becky Kozma who will be discussing her teen book series The Eminents. 

  • Get to talk to a professional writer
  • Hear how she got started as an author and a playwright, and hear her tips for aspiring authors
  • Be inspired!
  • Saturday, October 18, 1:30-3:00p.m.
  • Paine Branch
  • Contact Deanna McGregor (435-5442,

Writers’ Opportunities – October

It’s October! 

That means there’s some new calls for submissions.

Have a great idea for an October themed short story? Check out Bartleby Snopes- Everything October 

  • They publish two stories a week
  • $5 a story
  • If you win the ‘Story of the Month’ contest, you get a chance to win $25
  • Must somehow relate to Fall, October, Walpurgisnacht, Halloween
  • Or Death making a pie.
  • You can also submit art.

Have poetry, fiction, nonfiction, opinion pieces, artwork, photos, or videos that you’d like to share with a theme of Voice? Check out Cuckoo Quarterly

  • Open to writers aged 12-19 internationally
  • Deadline November 9th.
  • You’ll hear back if your piece will be published after November 22
  • Your submission will also be considered for their print addition
  • “We want to hear your voices. Woman, mother, partner, child, sister, writer, reader, Northern, British, perfectionist? What are your roles, what voices do you speak in? Do you have an accent, a dialect, words that only you and your friends use? What sounds do you hear where you live? East coast or West coast? North or South?”

Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em Bridge Building Contest

Build ‘Em and Bust ‘Em Bridge Building Contest

Do you like to design? Build? Destroy? Do you want to learn to build bridges? Are you a fan of the MOST? Check this out!

  • Friday afternoons in October, 3:00-4:30 PM. (Starting Oct 3.)
  • Build model bridges and see how much weight they can hold. Prepare for a huge competition with your team.
  • Paine Branch
  • Free
  • Registration required by October 1. Call Deanna McGregor 435-5442 or email

Teen Advisory Board


Teens of Petit Library (or, you know, any teens in the area who might want to get involved), we’re starting a Teen Advisory Board!

What it is: A group of teenagers who meet with Petit’s assistant librarian (Lena) maybe once a month for a bit, and talk about what they’d like to see the library provide for teenagers. It’s a way for you to have a say in our programming and events, and for you to directly have voice in this library.

The answer is that it kinda depends. If you join, you’ll need to:

  1. Check an email account (or this blog) occasionally.
  2. Find a way to come to the library on a specified day each month (usually a Saturday).
  3. Have a 30 minute conversation about upcoming stuff.
  4. Find a way to get home from the library after the meeting.
  5. Maybe do an agreed upon thing such as hanging up a poster for an event, or liking a Facebook page, or something small.

We’ll try our best to work with your ideas and not take up too much time. We know that in school, some of you get home and mostly feel like

And we know others of you have schedules so packed with school, homework, clubs, sports, bands, friends, family, hobbies, shows, books, and a million other things that every day feels like

But if you DO find time and energy to enjoy library events, or you have some ideas of things that you might enjoy if we offered them, or even if you just want to come talk for a bit, we’d love to see you.

(It will also look pretty great on college applications and resumes, because you’ll be helping organize and plan community events.)

Anyone is welcome.

Our Next Meeting

October 4, 12:00-12:30p.m.

We’ll be talking about

  • Halloween Horror- Tales for Teens (details posted soon)
  • Decorations
  • Candy selection
  • Awesome posters
  • Young Poets’ Spoken Word
  • Prizes
  • Whatever else is on your mind

Email Lena at for more details, questions,or just to say you’re interested!

Banned Books Week!

This is the last week of September, which means:

It’s Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is a week to assert our right as readers and writers to have voice and to engage with written work. It’s about celebrating our freedom to read.

“Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.” –

As readers, writers, poets, and story enthusiasts of all forms, we can come together this week to support each other.

Despite reading-related fears that drive groups to attempt to ban (and sometimes burn) books, we have discovered many ways that reading improves our world. For example, those who feel they are transported into the world of the story while reading have higher levels of empathy!  Our world would be a far worse place without freedom of expression, without storytelling, and without books.

The Harry Potter series frequents banned book lists, with some articles calling them the “most banned books in America,” usually due to thematic content or suspicion that it might inspire witchcraft. The actual effect of reading the series, as we’ve discovered, is that Harry Potter readers are more tolerant and accepting towards minority groups. Can I get a “Heck yes!” for Harry Potter?

So let’s all celebrate the great effects reading has made on our own lives! Happy Banned Books week!

By Grant Snider. Click image to visit his page!