“IT WASN’T A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. It should have been, but that’s the weather for you..."

"...For every mad scientist who’s had a convenient thunderstorm just on the night his Great Work is finished and lying on the slab, there have been dozens who’ve sat around aimlessly under the peaceful stars while Igor clocks up the overtime.”

--Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

Don't have anything to read to get into the Halloween spirit?  Now that's a scary thought!

The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
Who's There On Halloween? Cover Image
The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
The Teeny Tiny Ghost Cover Image
Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years #2) Cover Image
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Cover Image
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories Cover Image

“On Venus you could cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza in seven seconds, just by holding it out to the air. (Yes, I did the math.)”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

Awkwardly, October is both National Sausage Month and National Vegetarian Month.  Luckily, it also happens to be National Pizza Month -- so whether you prefer your pie to be meat-lovers or veggie supreme, you're in on the celebration!

Pizzapedia: An Illustrated Guide to Everyone's Favorite Food Cover Image
Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year Cover Image
Homemade Sausage: Recipes and Techniques to Grind, Stuff, and Twist Artisanal Sausage at Home Cover Image
Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery Cover Image

"When I am dead I hope it may be said: 'His sins were Scarlet but his books were read.'"

-Hillaire Belloc

Banned Books Week is here again!  From September 23rd through 29th, we celebrate the freedom to read, and draw attention to the harms of censorship.  The 2018 theme is "Banning Books Silences Stories."

In the words of sometimes-banned author Jacqueline Woodson on book-banning, as published in The Washington Post:

"As a mom, as someone who wants to protect my children in any way that I can, I can kind of get inside the heads of people who are saying 'This is not okay,' only because they're fearful ... We, as adults, are the gatekeepers ... and we have to check our own fears at the door because we want our children to be smarter than we are.  We want them to be more fully human than we are."

Here are some books that have made a CLSC Young Readers list, that have also made recent lists for frequently challenged/banned books:

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
The Hate U Give Cover Image
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Cover Image
To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
Holes (Holes Series) Cover Image
The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image

“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”

-Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Join us for CHQ 2018 Week 9: Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence, and Civil Discourse August 19th-25th

With crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and new distribution channels, films aimed at effecting social and cultural change have found audiences unlike any time in the history of the art form. But how do we measure the impact of such films — from changing minds to changing policy? To close the 2018 season, filmmakers and film lovers gather for a weeklong festival featuring screenings and conversations in venues throughout the grounds, all alongside the Institution’s renowned lecture and arts programs. We consider the filmmaker’s role and intentions as artist, storyteller, journalist, advocate and activist; the business decisions that influence the distribution and marketing campaigns behind such films; and the effectiveness of films to create empathy — and prompt action — in its audiences.

Check out the titles below as well as our collection of Week 9 Speaker Books.

The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies and Politics Cover Image
America on Film: Modernism, Documentary, and a Changing America Cover Image
On Film-making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director Cover Image
The Independent Filmmaker's Guide: Make Your Feature Film for $2,000 Cover Image
Everything You Need to Know about Social Media: Without Having to Call A Kid Cover Image
In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God Cover Image
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd Edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low Budget Movie Cover Image