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Spine-chilling reads. Our Librarians share the books that scared them senseless.

Halloween may be over, but for some of us, the spooky desires live on.

We asked our staff members what books have scared them the most. We used their answers to compile this list of books guaranteed to give you a scare.

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand is horror book set in a dystopian future. This post-apocalyptic world has been destroyed by a genetically engineered flu virus has killed most of the worlds population. The story focuses on those remaining in this plague stricken world.

Place a hold on The Stand

Who did it scare?

Cris Crighton
Preschool Librarian

Christine by Stephen King

A young high school student named Arnie purchases a new car. A 1958 Plymouth Fury which he names Christine. One day, a bully defaces the car and strange things begin to happen. The car begins killing people and Arnie has to figure out how to make it all stop.

Place a hold on Christine

Who did it scare?

Michelle Argyle
Serials Librarian

The Shining - Stephen King

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in,the hotel begins to feel more sinister… 

This book is on order. Email us if you would like to put a copy on hold when it arrives.

Who did it scare?

Angela Bain
H&C Team Leader
Marianne Foster
Library Manager

October Skies by Alex Scarrow

Deep in the mountain forests of Wyoming, Julian Cooke stumbles across the rotting remains of a wooden wagon. It’s clear that something horrific happened here all those years ago, but Cooke can only find a few tantalising clues. 

Place a hold on October Skies

Who did this scare?

Michelle Cunningham
Teen Librarian

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

A man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life.

Place a hold on Penpal

Who did it scare?

Bonnie Mager
D&C Manager

For more scary books, be sure to check out our Horror section in the library, or on our online catalogue.

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Librarians summon Captain Planet to become Plastic Free

Do you love the environment, and books? Then you will love our new initiative to go plastic-free.

In line with moves being made by major supermarkets, our Library is keen to promote more eco-friendly borrowing practices. Starting 1 November, plastic bags will no longer be provided. To help smooth the transition we will be selling our Library bags for half price during the month of November.

We want to do our part to help promote environmentally friendly practices. We provide great book bags and hope that the half-price sale will encourage more people to use them.

Over 40,000 plastic check-out bags are dumped in landfills every hour in New Zealand.

So be sure to bring your own bags starting 1 November, or for one month only purchase a Library Book Bag for $1.

For enquiries about this decision, please contact events@ilibrary.co.nz

New Rating Valuations for Invercargill and Bluff

 

All property owners in Invercargill and Bluff will soon receive a 2017 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property.

This is a result of the triennial rating revaluation being carried out by Quotable Value (QV) on behalf of the Invercargill City Council. The updated rating values, once finalised, are used as one factor to help Council set rates for the next three years from 2018.

A Rating Valuation is the estimated price a property would sell for at the effective date of the rating revaluation, which is July 1, 2017, but it does not include chattels (movable personal items such as curtains and appliances).

 

A new rating value may show a change in value, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that future rates will proportionately change. When Council sets rates, a rating value is expressed as a percentage of the total value of all properties in an area.

Property owners will receive letters including their new rating valuation in the post after October 18, 2017 and new Council rates taking into account the new rating values will be effective from 1 July 2018.

The new rating values are available on the Council website.

If you don’t have internet access, you can pop into the Civic Administration Building or Bluff Service Centre, and Customer Services staff will print off the information from Council’s website for you. Alternatively, both the Invercargill and Bluff libraries will have at least one computer reserved for people to access the Council website and their rating valuation, using the Property Search tool via the website.

If property owners don’t agree with their new rating value or if they have made refurbishments and improvements to their property that didn’t require a building consent and believe this added value is not being reflected in the new rating value, they have the right to make an objection. The objection close-off date is November 24, 2017 and there will be information on how to object on the owners’ notice. For more information on rating valuations and what they are for, visit www.ratingvalues.co.nz

It is important to remember that rating values are not designed to be used as current market valuations which can be provided to banks for use in raising finance or for other legal purposes. Current market valuations require an individual inspection of a property and full written report by a registered valuer.

Rating values are also not designed for insurance purposes to reflect the replacement value of a home – an insurance valuation is required for this purpose.

Mr Yipadee: A great show for kids!

Event Details

When: 27 October 4:30pm
Where: Learning and Activity Space
Who: Kids aged 3 – 10
Cost: Gold Coin Entry

Event Description

Bestselling Children’s author and Musician Mr Yipadee is back to perform this October.

The performance aims to inspire kids to “Laugh, Love and believe in themselves”.

The show promises to be a hilarious show for kids. They will read, sing and dance along to some of Mr Yipadees bestselling kids books and the show includes props, instruments, and interactive comedy.

No registrations are required, just arrive on the day. A gold coin donation is required for entry.

Read with your ears: your favourite podcasts and the books based on them.

Podcasts are increasing in popularity, and even if you don’t know what they are you have probably heard the word before.

Podcasts are an audio programme, similar to a radio show, that can be downloaded and listened to on your device, or streamed online. They are free and can be educational, fictional or a bit of both!

With the rising popularity of podcasts, we have seen an increase in requests for books based on podcasts, or for books that give a more in-depth look into popular podcast topics.

Below is our ultimate list of books in the Library, and the podcasts that inspired them.

New Zealand Stories

Hosted by New Zealand journalist Megan McChesney, The Lip aims to listen to people and tell their stories — be they heartwarming, cautionary or inspiring — capturing as much of the essence of the story teller as possible.

Episode 6: The Double-edged Sword
Double Edged Sword is the first-hand account of the survival of one of the most notorious and brutal maimings in New Zealand History. Simonne Butler experienced years of domestic violence, which culminated in her hands being chopped off with a samurai sword. Double Edged Sword covers those years, the attack and her subsequent hospitalisations, hand replantation surgeries and recovery, as well as the trials of her attacker, Antoine Dixon.

Read the Book | Listen to the Episode

Episode 5: Blurred Lines
When Leigh Hopkinson was a university student in Christchurch she worked at a succession of low-paying jobs that paid the rent and fit in around her degree. None of them fit so well, however, as stripping. She figured it couldn’t be that difficult – she was just going to dance on stage in front of a bunch of strangers. She’d show them a bit of skin, but the gig wasn’t going to last that long. Or so she imagined.

Read the Book | Listen to the Episode

Episode 4: Back From the Abyss
There is hope for the addicts, the rebels, and the broken-hearted. Sitting in prison on a raft of charges including kidnapping, guns, drugs and counterfeiting was very different to the scenario Janet had imagined.  How did a country girl from a decent family become a hardcore Meth-addict? ? Janet’s quest to find her true identity and the meaning of life took her to the very brink of death and hell. It nearly killed her but Janet got her answers, insight into true spiritual power, treasures found in the darkness, and real answers about life.

Read the Book | Listen to the Episode

True Crime Podcasts

Probably the most popular true crime podcast to date, Serial follows the 1999 murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee. Her boyfriend, Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder, and to this day sits in prison for the crime. NPR Reporter Sarah Koening revisits the case and takes an in depth look into whether Adnan did in fact kill or Hae, or if a huge miscarriage of justice occurred.

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry
Serial
 did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State’s case. Adnan’s Story also shares Adnan’s life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.

Read the Book | Listen to Serial

Every New Zealander has heard about David Bain. We all have our very strong opinions on his guilt or evidence. But how much do we actually know? Follow this RNZ podcast as it crawls through all the evidence and analyses one of New Zealand s most notorious mass murders.

 

Bain and Beyond by Joe Karam
This book looks at what the Bain case uncovered and goes on to look at other cases in New Zealand, casting strong doubts on the workings of the criminal justice system.

Read the Book | Listen to Black Hands

 

Trial by Ambush: The Prosecutions of David Bain by Joe Karam
A fresh look at the trials of David Bain, presenting a fair and objective appraisal of the facts that led to his release from prison in 2009.

Read the Book | Listen to Black Hands

Comedy

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Smartest Man in the World is his hit award winning podcast which Rolling Stone called “some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.”

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops’s sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast that has been downloaded more than nine million times, in which his “bold, never-boring voice takes center stage” (The New York Times). The book is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’s universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball, to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

Read the Book | Listen to Podcast

Join the 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. 

You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain)
A hilarious essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.
 
Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humour and heart. 

Read the Book | Listen to Podcast

Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.

Belinda blinked, it wasn’t a dream, the job interviewer had just asked her to remove her jacket and silk blouse…

Now, for the first time you can own the full text of Rocky Flintstone’s seminal masterpiece Belinda Blinked 1, along with James, Jamie, and Alice’s baffled, delighted, and disgusted commentary. My Dad Wrote a Porno is packed full of bonus material, from the official drinking game rules to Rocky’s exclusive insights into his erotic exposé of the pots and pans industry. You’ll never look at a pomegranate the same way again…

Read the Book | Listen to Podcast

Science

The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behaviour, although students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

Guided by Michael A. Britt, creator of popular podcast The Psych Files, you can conduct your own experiments when browsing your favourite websites, in restaurants, when presented with advertisements, and even right on your smartphone.
 
You’ll even figure out how contagious yawning works! With this compulsively readable little book, you won’t just read about the history of psychology–you’ll live it!
 

Politics

The 9th Floor is a New Zealand political podcast. It hears from five former NZ Prime Ministers – Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

Based on the acclaimed RNZ podcast series, and including new material, The 9th Floor by journalists Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin presents in-depth interviews with five former Prime Ministers of New Zealand. Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark reflect on their time occupying the prime ministerial offices on the 9th floor of the Beehive. Their recollections amount to a fascinating record of the decisions that shaped modern New Zealand.

Read the Book | Listen to Podcast

Fiction

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly fiction podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves…no matter where we live. Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 

Read the Book | Listen to Podcast

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