Happily Ever After

Wow! That’s it! The summer reading program is a wrap! We hope you had fun. We enjoyed reading along with you, writing the blog posts and helping you on your quest. Just to break it down, here’s how the program went: We had 133 participants this year. This broke down into 69 youth registrants 13 […]

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Full Moon Madness

Once upon a time Hollywood had us believing that werewolves only came out on the night of a full moon and that in order to become a werewolf, one had to be bitten by a wolf and could only be killed by a silver bullet. In European folklore, a child who is born feet first […]

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Mythical Creature of the Week: The Phoenix

While the color of its plumage may vary from myth to myth, the Phoenix is always majestic and powerful. Frequently associated with the sun, this fabled bird appears in ancient and medieval literature, usually crowned with a vibrant halo.  Because legends so frequently depict this regal bird’s death and resurrection, the Phoenix is often used […]

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Michigan Urban Legends

Blood Road, MetamoraAccording to this urban myth, if you drive down the road at night & look back, the road behind you will turn red. Some drivers say they’ve been chased down the road by shadowy figures. Popular legend claims cultists fled to Metamora in the 1600s so they could practice their rituals without fear […]

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If You Liked Harry Potter…

J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been an unstoppable cultural juggernaut for over twenty years. Against the backdrop of a well-documented decline in reading, the adventures of Harry, Ron, and Hermione have compelled millions of readers to journey through a seven-part series with a word count exceeding one million. Part of the series’ appeal is […]

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Mythical Creature of the Week: Big Hairy Guys

Tales of giant hairy beasts roaming the forests and inhabiting the lonely places at the edge of civilization have been embedded into our subconscious and passed down through the legends of Indigenous tribes and encounters by everyday eyewitnesses. Stories of these creatures range from them being mere “gentle giants” who are protectors of the wilderness […]

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Twisted Tales

Alright, have the kids gone to bed? Good. Let’s talk about this: Authors who came of age in a postmodern zeitgeist can’t seem to resist the delicious irony of transforming stories meant for children into something decidedly non-kid-friendly.  Of course, the irony of this irony is that this irony really isn’t ironic. The stories we […]

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Mythical Creatures of the Week: Horse Creatures

The mention of unicorns or winged horses may bring to mind images from children’s stories, but these mythological creatures have a rich history which begins thousands of years ago and arises in cultures all around the world. Because of our familiarity with Greek mythology, Pegasus is the most well-known of the tales of winged horses. […]

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