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October 2014 Theme Week 4
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (2013)

Nicola Marter has an amazing ability. Whenever she touches an object, she can see into the life of the previous owner. She’s kept her powers a secret for a very long time, until an old woman desperate to sell a wooden carving, claiming it belonged to Catherine the Great, asks for Nicola’s help. Simply by touching the carving, Nicola knows the old woman is telling the truth, and that the object is called “Firebird”, after a creature of Russian mythology. Wanting to know more, she turns to her an ex-lover for help, a man whose psychic abilities rival her own. Together, they follow the history of the Firebird and a young girl named Anna, finding their own path to love and redemption.

Grim Shadows by Jenn Bennett (2014)

Hadley is the daughter of a wealthy museum curator who is interested in obtaining a rare amulet in the possession of archeologist Lowe Magnusson.  The two join forces to recover all the amulet pieces but the quest is complicated by her curse of being plagued by dark demons and a mutual attraction they didn’t plan on.  Set in foggy streets of San Francisco, this romance is the latest in the author’s Paranormal Roaring Twenties series. 

The Paper Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg (2014)

Ceony Twill is a magician in training--an apprentice Folder of Paper.   After graduating, she begrudgingly accepts her position but is gradually charmed by animating her paper creatures and bringing stories to life, while at the same time learning about darker forces of magic.  An Excisioner breaks in and rips out her instructor’s heart and she must set out on a journey to save her teacher’s life, while battling dark and dangerous forces using her own kind of magic.

October 2014 Theme Week 3
Monday, October 20, 2014

Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejidé (2014)

Young boy Sephiri is on the autism spectrum and has shut himself off from the world around him. He creates a world he calls the Land of Air to handle the stress of the real world. His single mother, Brenda, tries to balance taking care of her child with autism, work, and her own health. His father, Horace, is in the seventh year of incarceration, and trying to deal with his own isolation. Father and son, through the use of dreamscape, find each other in a magical way. Travel into this world of magical realism to discover how hope can be found in ways never imagined.

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter (2014)

Augustine lives a charmed life of luxury and excess in New Orleans, spending his days lounging around a huge mansion with a new woman every night. That is until his benefactor is attacked by vampires and the Big Easy threatens to turn into the City of Eternal Night. For centuries, fae have protected the city from bloodsuckers, but now it falls to Augustine to become the Guardian of New Orleans. He must work together with Harlow, a woman dragged into the war while searching for answers about her father, in order to restore the fragile balance between light and dark.

The Diviner’s Tale by Bradford Marrow (2011)

When diviner Cassandra took the job of dowsing a forested valley in New York, she didn’t realize the results would be so ominous. She comes across the hanging body of a young girl, but when she brings the authorities back to the exact spot, the body is missing. The next day, a mute girl stumbles out of the woods—the very girl that Cassandra had seen hanging from a tree. She must confront a sinister past, dark foreboding, and a very real killer, all on a chilling journey to self-discovery. Can Cassandra stop her life her spiraling out of control or will she fall victim to a murderer who has been haunting her for as long as she can remember?

October 2014 Theme Week 2
Monday, October 13, 2014

Graveminder by Melissa Marr (2011)

For as long as she could remember, Rebekkah’s grandmother Maylene was the Graveminder of Claysville. Maylene would perform the same ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Rebekkah never thought much of it, until Maylene’s unnatural death brings her back to Claysville, and she discovers there was a method to her grandmother’s madness. The dead do not want to sleep peacefully, and a shadowy figure named Mr. D wants to bring them up to the surface once more. It is up to the new Graveminder and the Undertaker to make sure the dead stay where they were put.

Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon (2011)

Children have the most amazing imaginations, which takes them to worlds beyond our own. But how do we know it’s only their imagination? A small girl named Lisa disappeared on a sleepy summer night in New England, telling her brother before she left that she had found a door to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies. Over a decade later, a young woman named Phoebe, plagued by haunting dreams, gets ready to marry a sensible, normal man who helps stop her own nightmares from happening. That is until her nightmares come to life, reminding her fiancée of a terrible promise he made to his sister Lisa years before. Don’t believe in magic? You will.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch (2011)

While standing guard over a headless body in Covent Gardens, rookie PC Peter Grant discovers a ghoulish talent when takes a statement from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. His ability to speak to the dead raises the attention of a Detective Inspector who specializes in the paranormal, and saves Grant from working a desk job. Little does he know that he’s about to be sucked into a gruesome world with gods and goddesses, and an unspeakable evil lurking the streets of London. Will Grant be able to use his newfound powers stem the tide of mayhem and murder that’s about to be unleashed upon the city? Find out in Aaronvitch’s first installment of the Rivers of London series.

October 2014 Theme Week 1
Monday, October 06, 2014

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro (2009)

This novel, written by the famous Oscar winning Mexican film director of Pan’s Labyrinth, begins as a modern day vampire yarn, similar to the one made famous by Bram Stoker.  Flight 753 from Berlin lands at JFK International Airport, seemingly without any problems but then just sits out on the tarmac. Inside the jet, the crew-members and passengers appear all to be dead, all seated and in an upright position.  In the cargo hold, there is a large box filled with what appears to be earth, but it is empty.  But this is where the parallel to the old Dracula novel diverges.  Soon thereafter the plane lands, ravenous corpses begin to roam the city: instead of well-groomed vampires, they are mindless zombies, spreading their undead condition to an unsuspecting city.   CDC investigator Dr. Eph Goodweather fears that there is a disease on the loose that is verging on a unstoppable pandemic.  The first book in a series, it combines the world of the supernatural with disease.  This adds an element that is especially frightening in an age when global epidemics are possible.

Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready (2008)

Ciara Griffin, a former con artist is trying to find a “real job.”  Her parents are in jail and she doesn’t want to follow them down the same career path.  She finds an internship at a local radio station in Maryland.  It is an eclectic oldies station that airs everything from Blues to Grunge, and where the disc jockeys dress in the style of their music programs.  All of them are eerily authentic, because they are vampires who are stuck in the eras when they were turned.   When a media conglomerate threatens to take over the station and turn it into a middle-of-the-road “hits” station, Ciara comes up with a marketing scheme that will save the station and her new-found friends.  This novel, the first in the WVMP Radio Series, offers a refreshing new twist on the many vampire books that have come out in recent years.  It is an urban fantasy novel that is entertaining with lots of music references and low-key humor.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (2004)

Move over Stephanie Plum!  Rachel Morgan is her supernatural bounty-hunting counterpart in this first novel in a series about rogue werewolves, vampires, trolls and other non-humans.  The story is set in an alternate universe Cincinnati, where Rachel’s world split from ours in the 1950’s after human priorities following the discovery of DNA were set on genetic engineering.  Mankind is nearly wiped out by a virus to which the non-humans are immune; supernaturals, in turn, keep order in the world until the virus has run its course.  Rachel, as a bounty hunter, is part of the new order that attempts to track down lawbreakers.  Readers of supernatural fiction will enjoy Kim Harrison’s entertaining and original take on fiction about bounty-hunters and the current public fears about genetic engineering.

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Ashburn Library
Feb 4, 7:00 pm

Sailor Twain : Or : The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel
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Ashburn Library
Dec 3, 7:00 pm

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
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Ashburn Library
Nov 5, 7:00 pm

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
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Rust Library
Mar 28, 2:00 pm

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Anne exhibits strength and courage to survive in a world that seems to be filled with hatred and violence. This ArtsPower production, based on the book by Anne Fox, tells of events in Germany and other occupied countries prior to and during World War II and reveals the importance of combating intolerance.

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Ashburn Library
Mar 17, -March 20 (Tuesday, January 20-Friday, March 20)

Curl up with a good book and chase those winter blues away! Pick up a reading log at the Information Desk.  Read a total of five Young Adult and/or Adult books, and turn your reading log into the library by March 20 (first day of Spring!). All participants who complete the program will be entered to win our grand prize drawing: a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
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Winter Reading Program
Ashburn Library
Mar 10, -March 20 (Tuesday, January 20-Friday, March 20)

Curl up with a good book and chase those winter blues away! Pick up a reading log at the Information Desk.  Read a total of five Young Adult and/or Adult books, and turn your reading log into the library by March 20 (first day of Spring!). All participants who complete the program will be entered to win our grand prize drawing: a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
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