Once Upon a Time 
Do you have a favorite Disney movie or fairy tale that you loved to hear over and over again as a kid? I will admit it, I still sit enraptured every time the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast comes on. And I LOVE Tangled. While you are waiting for the next episode of Once Upon A Time to air or just want to try a different take on an old classic, these books will get you started!



Try these Re-tellings of Classic Fairy Tales


What was your favorite fairy tale as a kid? Do you have a favorite book retelling of a classic story? Why was it your favorite? Share in the comments below.

-Mallory Marshall, Teen Library Assistant, Bon Air Branch

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A long, long time from now in a theater far, far away... 
So the newest Star Wars movie Episode VII, is slated for release in December 2015. I for one cannot wait that long to get my Star Wars fix. If you feel the same way, here are some ideas.



Drop by any one of the Louisville Free Public libraries and check out a Star Wars book. I personally recommend starting with The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers which takes place directly after the events in Return of the Jedi or The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. Also, the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn was a favorite of mine as a teen, the first in the series being Heir to the Empire.

If you want something a little more updated, try a Star Wars graphic novel, like Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison by W. Haden Blackman. LFPL carries graphic novels and fiction spanning the entire timeline of the franchise, from the Clone Wars and on past Return of the Jedi to include Leia and Han’s children! Here is a great list of Star Wars books separated by Star Wars history.

You could also check out a nonfiction book like the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by Simon Beecraft and hone up on your Star Wars trivia. Or if you want a hilarious take on Star Wars try Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown.

For a fun craft try these snowflakes. Decorate your room or house for the holidays, Star Wars style.

The official Star Wars website is filled with fantastic games, activities, crafts and info.

You could also check a Star Wars movie at the library, have some friends over and make some death star popcorn balls.

May the Force be with you!

-Heather Lee, Children's Librarian, St Matthews Branch

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Just Can't Wait! Fall Teen Lit Releases 
This fall promises to be full of some awesome new releases in the world of teen lit. We’ve already seen new books by Ellen Hopkins, Smoke , (released September 10) and Walter Dean Myers' Invasion (September 24)



October New Releases


Hold on to your hats! Here are some of the most anticipated titles of October: the fourth title in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, House of Hades (releases on October 8); Allegiant, the fourth book in the Divergent series (October 22); and a new book in the House of Night series, Revealed (October 15)!

November New Releases


In November, we will see new titles from Margaret Peterson Haddix, Full Ride (November 12); Tamora Pierce, Battle Magic, from the Immortals series (November 24); and of course, we have the theatrical release of Catching Fire (November 22).

So much win for one season!

Are there any upcoming books, or movies you’re excited about? Leave a comment and let us know!

-Stephani, Youth Services, Highlands/Shelby Park Branch

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Haunting Reads 
Autumn is the perfect time to pull on a sweater and grab a chilling read. Here are a few haunting reads to get you ready for Halloween.


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan


Seventeen-year-old Kami Glass has spent her entire life in a small English town called Sorry-in-the-Vale. She has always had a hard time fitting in; she is Japanese and looks like no one else in her town, and she hears a voice in her head that she has been talking to from the time she was born. But, despite being an outsider, Kami is very bold, constantly pursuing answers to the mysteries that surround her.

She and her best friend and tough sidekick, Angela, run the school newspaper. Life in Sorry-in-the-Vale is fairly dull with few interesting stories to publish outside of children’s cricket camp drama. But everything changes once the Lynburn family returns to town. For starters, the voice in her head, Jared, turns out to be a real person (and not just any person): a Lynburn who seems as gorgeous as he is dangerous. As if that isn’t confusing enough, she also meets his equally attractive cousin, Asher. While Kami is trying to wrap her head around that drama, she is pushed into a well and nearly drowns. Someone is out to kill her, but who, and why? Does the boy in her head hold the answers? Click here for a link to the Library catalog.


The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins by HP Newquist


When you think of blood what comes to mind? Gore ? Death? Blood is an essential part of life that has affected human society, both culturally and scientifically. This book explores medical research over several centuries, as well as the folklore, fear, and religious and political barriers that have hindered our understanding of blood and the basic functions of the human body.

Surprisingly, our current knowledge of blood and the circulatory system was not discovered until the beginning of the 19th century. Even after the invention of the microscope, bloodletting continued as standard practice until some doctors began to question it after George Washington’s death.

Beginning with ancient civilizations and mythology, the book follows humanity’s social and scientific relationship with blood through to modern times. The second half of the book details the scientific functions of blood. The last section of the book explores the myths and legends related to blood, such as vampires, that have continued in popular culture. If you want a great read full of information without the dryness of a traditional textbook- I highly recommend the Book of Blood. Click here for a link to the Library catalog.

Have a favorite scary novel or ghost story? Share below in the comments section.

-Melissa McCullough, Children's Librarian, Jeffersontown Branch

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