We are almost halfway through October, and I know I am ready to celebrate the spooky season! We love this time of year. So many characters come to mind when thinking about All Hollow's Eve, but one that has really risen in popularity is witches! And I am not talking about green-skinned, wart-faced ladies who ride broomsticks in the night! There has been a lot of interest in Paganism and Wicca practices (and we still love the green skinned kind too). Because of this, modern day witches have certainly put a spell on our fiction and nonfiction world!
Check out some of these enchanting titles...
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry: Set in 1989 Danvers, Massachusetts, a high school field hockey team discovers that the witchcraft of their Salem forebears may be the key to a winning season.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper: Returning home to the magical town of Thistle Grove after a self-imposed exile, witch Emmy Harlow runs into badass Talia Avramov, who just broke up with Emmy’s crush Gareth and wants revenge, and Emmy finds herself drawn to Talia instead of Gareth when she agrees to help.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: Sorcery is the legacy of Gillian and Sally Owens, a two-hundred-year-old family legacy they both try to escape--one through marriage, the other through running away--until they realize that their magic is a gift, rather than an affliction.
Toil and Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs: The best-selling author of Running with Scissors documents his lifelong capacity for causing impossible manifestations, exploring his mother’s revelations about their witch ancestry and his efforts to understand himself and his powers.
Witches in America by Alex Mar: Examines paganism and the occult, from its roots in 1950s England to its current American mecca in the Bay Area, and from a gathering of more than a thousand witches in the Illinois woods to the New Orleans branch of one of the world's most influential magical societies.
Wicca: A Modern Practitioner's Guide by Arin Murphy-Hiscock: Go beyond the basics of witchcraft and take your study of wicca to the next level: everything you need to know to have a deeper understanding of wicca, its teachings, and the meaning behind its rituals and practices.
Celebrate your FREADom: Banned Books Week 2021
“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” -Mark Twain
This week is Banned Books Week! From Sunday, September 26th to Saturday, October 2nd is when we celebrate our freedom to read (even though everyday should be a celebration of reading!) and bring awareness to book censorship. Unfortunately, book censorship is not a thing of the past- many books are still challenged and banned from libraries, bookstores, and schools today! Common reasoning behind banning books include violence, profanity, homosexuality, religious viewpoint (i.e. atheism), and sexual themes.
Click here to visit the American Library Association’s Banned and Challenged Books website!
Check out the top 100 banned books, according to the American Library Association!
Come check out our book display of frequently challenged books!
Summer Reading is Here !
It’s our favorite time of year! We’ve got lots of fun planned for this summer season. Here’s a list of the great programs we have coming soon (and check out our event calendar for more information and the links to join):
Lisa Gardner - June 16 at 7 PM
Chris Whitaker - July 15 at 7 PM
On the Same Page: Book Discussions:
Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner - June 9 at 7:30 PM
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau - July 21 at 7:30 PM
Be sure to enter your book reviews online at pagingoceanside.com starting June 1. Every book will enter you into a weekly raffle prize.
There are lots more programs, as well, so be sure to check back for more information. Let’s kick off the summer right with some great reads and exciting programs!
Summer reading is just around the corner, and we’ve got some exciting things lined up! We’ll be kicking off the summer with some amazing author visits. Lisa Gardner and Chris Whitaker will be visiting us virtually in the next few months.They'll be discussing some of our favorite books and might even give us a sneak peek as to their what is next for them!
These events are open to all! Visit our event calendar for the online links. And don't forget to tell your friends and share this exciting news with your book clubs. Book clubs that register with us will have the chance to win an exclusive book club gift during our visit with Lisa Gardner on May 16th. Click here to sign up!
Want to read some of these authors before they visit? No problem! Come in to browse our collection, set up a curbside pickup, or give us a call and we'll be sure to help you get ready reading!
We have lots of new titles coming in everyday. Do you need a few books to browse from home? If so, be sure to fill out a Book Tasting form. One of our librarians will create the perfect at home browsing bag for you. Give it a try today!
At Oceanside Library, we are super excited to be hosting an amazing line up of authors this fall. Best selling authors Lisa See, Craig Davidson, and Ellen Meister will each be visiting us virtually in the next few months. They'll be discussing some of our favorite books and giving us a sneak peek as to what might be new to the shelves in 2021. These events are open to all! Visit our event calendar for the online links.
And don't forget to tell your friends and share with your bookclubs. Bookclubs that register with us, will have the chance to win an exclusive bookclub gift during our visit with Lisa See on October 8th. Click here to sign up!
Want to read some of these authors before they visit? No problem! Browsing and borrowing and curbside pickup are available or give us a call and we'll be sure to help you get ready reading!
We've picked Attachments by Rainbow Rowell as our next book discussion book. It's a laugh out loud 1999 office drama, centered around Lincoln, a newly hired Internet Security Officer, whose job requires him to read his coworkers emails. Enter Beth and Jennifer, two email chatty coworkers who continue to break company email rules with their ongoing banter, and Lincoln just can't seem to stop reading it.
Rowell has woven a tale of friendship, love, trust, and hope, using authentic 90's voices in a time when the world was just on the brink of information overload. It's a quick read and is available for download on the Libby app. Join us on August 19 at 7:30pm for "On The Same Page" with Debbie and Nadine, as we discuss the novel and our favorite memories from 1999 and Y2K.
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We hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! We know one person who is having a winning week and that's our Making Waves member Catherine! Catherine was last week's raffle winner and we are super excited for her. Congrats to Catherine!
What is on your bookshelf this summer? Are you looking for something new and exciting to read, but aren't sure what to select? Worry no more, fellow reader. Your friendly neighborhood librarians are here for you. Fill out a Curbside Request Form with your favorite genres, authors, and any other important details and we'll put together a bundle of great books for you. Best of all, you can pick them up completely contact-less and curbside. It's like having your own personal librarian shopper.
Don't forget to keep submitting your book ratings. Not only do you get entered into our weekly raffles like our winner Catherine, but we are making our way across the country (virtually) on our Reading Roadtrip. Every 10 books rated by members gets us another 100 miles to our goal of Oceanside California.
We can do it together, Oceanside! Happy reading, everyone!
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