Happy Halloween!

Hi, everyone, it’s your friendly neighborhood Youth Librarian Heather!

Here at Desert Foothills Library, we have very creative staff members who have dressed up all week in anticipation of Halloween. I thought I would share some recommendations of items we have in the library inspired by everyone’s costumes. All links take you directly to the item in our catalog if you want to find out more or put a hold on it.

Tuesday’s Costumes

Andrea as a 1950s girl

Andrea, the Bookkeeper, as a 1950s girl.

Immediately upon seeing her, I thought of Grease! Another suggestion is Archie, Volume One: The New Riverdale, because she looks like she would fit in perfectly at Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe.

Heather as Miss Honey

Heather (me), the Youth & Teen Services Manager, as Miss Honey from Matilda.

Of course, my intent here was to refence Roald Dahl’s Matildathe movie and the book! However, as a friendly teacher taking care of a neglected girl, Miss Honey also makes me think of Mr. Browne from Wonder by R. J. Palacio because he works to make sure the main character adjusts to public school.

Susan dressed as a witch

Susan, the Materials Processor, as a witch.

As the Youth Librarian, my first two thoughts were new and dark iteration of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as well as this adorable picture book called The Sweetest Witch Around by Alison McGhee where a witch and her sister study humans and their Halloween customs even though other witches are afraid of humans.

Wednesday’s Costume

Dorian as Astronaut Mark Watney

Dorian, the Advancement Coordinator, as Astronaut Mark Watney from The Martian.

As their costume was from a specific book and movie, the first recommendation is for the book and movie of The Martian. Another space travel related book that Dorian endorses (and I intend to read someday) is The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal wherein the havoc caused by a meteor sends the world searching for a place to live off planet.

Thursday’s Costumes

Dorian as Elton John in a sparkly Dodgers uniform

Dorian as Elton John from his Dodgers performance.

This costume can only inspire all things Elton John! Options that I’ve picked out from our collection include his biography MeRocket Man: The Life of Elton John by Mark Bego, and the Taron Egerton film adaptation of Rocket Man. Also, while his role is small, Elton John plays a fictional version of himself in the second Kingsman movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle and it is absolutely hilarious (for those with a darker sense of humor).

Kassie, the Circulation Manager, as Mary Morstan from Sherlock.

Despite the lack of photo evidence, please trust me that Kassie’s costume was excellent! While the first thing that comes to mind are the original books and older movies as well as the Robert Downey Jr. movies and the Benedict Cumberbatch television show, I would like to recommend the young adult, modern adaptation in a universe where Sherlock and Watson were real people and readers get to follow the adventures of their great-great-great descendants: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (available as an ebook on Cloud Library).

Sara, the Acquisitions Manager, as a dragon.

The dragon wings Sara had were so cute! Which made me think of cute dragons, namely those of Adam Rubin’s Dragons Love Tacos and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon.

Friday’s Costumes

Dorian as Miss Marvel

Dorian, as Miss Marvel.

The library does not currently have any of the Ms. Marvel graphic novels in the collection, but not to worry; I still have recommendations for you! First I suggest checking out Fearless and Fantastic! Female Super Heroes Save the World by Sam Maggs, Emma Grange, and Ruth Amos which discusses each main female character within the extended Marvel universe, including Ms. Marvel (on page 26!). This book is great at showing girls who don’t feel seen in the comics/superhero scene, that there are characters like them or that they can aspire to be like. If you’re more interested in Marvel as a whole and Stan Lee who started it all, check out A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth.

Heather as a medieval peasant

Heather (me) as a medieval peasant.

My costume is inspired by my love of the Renaissance Festival, so it’s only fitting that I recommend books that are on my To Be Read list related to them. First up, the book that is currently on my bedside table that I’m hoping to start this weekend: Wench by Maxine Kaplan about the epic fantasy adventures of a young tavern wench. The other two that I keep coming back to wanting to read are The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton (about a girl who works at a medieval themed restaurant dreams of playing a knight) and Well Met by Jen DeLuca (a romantic comedy set at a Renaissance Festival, written by an Arizona author).

Kassie, not pictured, as a Regency Lady.

All you Bridgerton fans, this one is for you! You can be inspired to go to the original Regency Romance of Pride & Prejudice or go for more recently written ones from others such as: Mary Balogh, Stephanie LaurensSabrina JeffriesMary Jo PutneySarah MacleanTessa Dare Johanna LindsayJulia LondonJude Morgan, and Martha Waters, just to name a few.

Sara dressed up as a pumpkin with a witch hat

Sara as a witchy pumpkin.

Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are a staple of Halloween, so we’ve got quite a few materials related to them (I got 87 results when I just searched the keyword “pumpkin” on our catalog!). The first one I want to recommend is by a current favorite picture book author of mine: How many seeds in a pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara. McNamara puts a lot of care and love into her stories as well as knowledge about the topics featured in her books. Another picture book about pumpkins that is so adorable everyone should check it out is Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins which follows a stemless pumpkin who just wants to be loved and made into a jack-o-lantern despite its “flaw”. I’ll round out my pumpkin books with a cozy mystery: Death of a pumpkin carver by Lee Hollis.

If you have read or watched any of the books & movies I’ve recommended, let us know what you thought! You can tag us on social media (@DesertFoothillsLibrary on Facebook & Instagram, @DFLibraryAZ on Twitter) with your thoughts! Or feel free to stop in and let me know :)

Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!