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Library Happenings – Halloween parties for children, teens planned

By Angie Georgeff

With fright night only two weeks away, we want to let you know that our teen Halloween party will be held Friday, Oct. 19, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and our children’s Halloween party will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-7 p.m.

Check our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page for further details. If you would like to donate a bag of individually wrapped candies for the children’s party Halloween night, we will be happy to accept. We look forward to seeing everybody’s creative costumes.

In case you think we adults are being left out, remember that we’ll show the second movie in our Halloween Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.

These movies were chosen with adults in mind and would not be recommended for young children. That said, these films are part of my personal collection and consequently are not ones I consider likely to give me nightmares.

Spotlight Book

Okay, I admit it: I am a sucker for a well-designed dust jacket. I may not end up buying the book, but I will pick it up and give it my attention for at least a minute to find out whether the plot is as promising as the artwork. Of all the volumes in our last order, the hands-down winner in the book-by-its-cover department was Rena Rossner’s “The Sisters of the Winter Wood.” The art reminds me of a gilded Black Forest woodcarving set off to perfection by a background of dark chocolate. The composition is grounded by a swan and a bear and surmounted by a rustic crown, so readers of fantasies are already alert to the possibilities.

In the vast reaches of the Russian empire, sisters Liba and Laya have been reared in a secluded village surrounded by forests. It is the kind of place where mothers urge their daughters to be wary of strangers, but there may be more to Mami’s warning than just ordinary caution. After all, the cover promises “Every family has a secret…” and the girls do not yet know theirs.

Sisters in fairy tales are often quite different, like Snow-White and Rose-Red. Liba and Laya are no exception. The differences between the sisters are underscored by the alternating chapters of the book. Liba’s are written in prose and Laya’s in blank verse. Although the girls are devoted to one another and their parents, their heritage may prove to be their greatest challenge.

If you like fairy tales or have enjoyed Katherine Arden’s “Winternight Trilogy,” this book is likely to appeal to you. And in case you’re wondering, “The Winter of the Witch,” the third book in Arden’s series, is due to be released on Jan. 8. How timely!