FREE Flashlights & a Chance to WIN!

Posted on September 26, 2017

by Library News

Remember reading by flashlight under the covers as a kid? This October, we’re bringing it back! In partnership with Metroparks Toledo, we’re giving out FREE flashlights (while supplies last) at our #FlashlightFrenzy programs. Our challenge to you is to use it!

Snap a photo of you/your family reading by flashlight and share it with us on our Facebook and/or Instagram pages with the hashtag #FlashlightFrenzy for a chance to win a FREE night of camping at the Metroparks! One winner will be selected per week in October.

2017 Programs


(Tu) October 3 | 6 – 7 p.m. | Holland Branch (Th) October 5 | 7 – 7:30 p.m.| Washington Branch (Tu) October 10 | 4 – 5 p.m. | Birmingham Branch (Th) October 12 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Sanger Branch (Mo) October 16 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Waterville Branch (Tu) October 17 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Point Place Branch (Tu) October 24 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | West Toledo Branch (Tu) October 31 | 7 – 8 p.m. | King Road Branch

** Also read in a fort at Maumee Branch and pick up a flashlight (while supplies last) at any time in October.

Library Fort Night:

(Th) October 12 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Sanger Branch

Spooky Stories:

October 28 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Main Library, Children’s Program Room October 30 | 6 – 7 p.m. | Main Library, Children’s Program Room

Books to Read

Scary Stories For Adults:

Six Scary Stories selected & introduced by Stephen King

Best-selling horror author Stephen King introduces and presents six gripping and chilling stories in this captivating anthology!

The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares presented by Jason Blum

A stunning collection of original, terrifying fiction from a unique cast of master storytellers. Jason Blum invited an impressive group of authors, filmmakers, and screenwriters to envision a city of their choosing and to let their demons run wild.

Taken together, the provocative stories in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City create the unforgettable cityscape of a new world of horror. Disturbing, suspenseful, devious, and entertaining, each tale showcases an innovative voice featured in a definitive collection that could only come from Jason Blum.

Michigan’s Haunted Legends & Lore by Kristy Robinett

Journey across the State of Michigan, rich in history, to read over 40 tales of the strange, the unusual, and the haunted of centuries past.

Discover the spectral cries of the lost souls under a bridge, spirits who haunt a Westland school, the beloved Civil War horse whose spirit lives on, a wrongly accused town witch, UFOs that frighten those at a Michigan farm, and Michael Jackson s elaborate gravestone gift to entertainer Jackie Wilson.

Listen to the waves that crash against the stony cliffs and catch a glimpse of a grisly murder or climb the steps of Joe Louis Arena and discover why Al the Octopus is so important to Detroit s sports fans. So settle into a comfortable chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and explore the depths of Michigan’s Haunted Legends and Lore. And don t worry; we understand if you need to leave your lights on tonight.

Trucker Ghost Stories & Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, & Legends of the Road by Arnie Wilder

A collection of firsthand accounts from truckers who have driven all over the United States and have encountered strange and unusual phenomenons which can only be described as paranormal.

Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts by Lyn Ford

A collection of original creepy tales, contemporary folktale variants with source notes and creative writing ideas.

Scary Stories For Kids:

Scary Stories 3 by Alvin Schwartz

Welcome to the frightening world of Scary Stories, a collection of folklorist Alvin Schwartz’s most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time, with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Brett Helquist.

Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein

When Halloween comes around, Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Jack-o-lanterns light up the streets, giant spiders weave webs on porches, and ordinary lawns become creepy graveyards while every child and dog transforms into a creature of some kind, including Enzo!

Enzo the dragon is determined to protect fairy princess Zoe from the monsters and goblins in their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, his family is there to reassure him that everything is make-believe and only meant to be fun!

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins

There are lots of frightening things out there. Witches. Trolls. Sharks. The DARK! But nothing seems as scary once you turn on the light.

In this hilarious picture book, a boy and his two dogs go through a list of all the things, both real and imagined, that make the hair on the backs of their necks stand on end―and come up with a clever way to face their fears.

Scary Monsters by Tracey West

Find out how certain frightening creatures like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil, made their way from legends to the world of Poptropica.

The Scary Places Map Book by B.G. Hennessy

Take a tour of seven spooky places, among them the Wicked Woods, a Ghostly Galleon, and the Western Terror-tories. Along the way, avoid booby traps, search for hidden objects, and learn basic map reading skills!

A map key, items to look for, and points of interest, such as Dracula’s Castle and Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, are included for each eerie region. Tips for touring (never take the Transylvania tour during a full moon) add to the fun. Kids who love to mix the ghoulish with the humorous will pore over the atmospheric pictures time and again, transported to strange, mysterious, very scary places.

Finished the above list? We have a few more books to read in case you run out!

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