A life-sized mummy greets visitors at the entrance. A rotating display projects eerily distorted, multicolored images of skulls, spiders, and ghosts against the ceiling. There are carved pumpkins on a round table in front of the U-shaped computer alcove. Two paper bats flutter near the ceiling above the checkout counter. Clearly, the spirit of Halloween is present in the ConVal Library and Learning Commons.
Two giant spiders crawl atop the mobile book display where a skeleton points to a spine-tingling Stephen King novel. All the titles on display are recommendations to readers to curl up with these books to get excited for goblins, ghosts, and spooks in the night.
In addition to the classic gothic tales of terror in regular book format, there are now also collections of graphic classics, such as the volume of illustrated adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Raven.” The artists’ visuals add a whole new dimension to these classic tales of horror and suspense.
Come check out the display!