October conjures different things for different people, for some it’s finally time to lean into Halloween, for others it means Football weather, and for still others, it’s time to peep some fall foliage. It’s time for all of those things at the library, but more than anything, it means it’s time for the Great GeekFest to return to the Delaware Main Library.
Our fourth annual comic-con, The Great GeekFest, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, for all ages. It’s a celebration of all the things people geek out over. There’s something for every person in every fandom. The biggest part of each GeekFest is undoubtedly the cosplay contest (registration now open) with fantastic costumes on display all day and honored with a runway strut and potential prize at the end of the day.
Each year, our gaming area and arcade are always crowded, so this year, we’ve expanded the arcade to be scattered throughout the building. You never know, you might catch Thor breaking out some moves on Dance Dance Revolution or Hermione achieving a high score on Cruisin’ USA.
The Dungeons and Dragons tables always fill up quickly, so we’ve brought in more Dungeon Masters to lead more of you on wild quests throughout the day as well. New additions to our collection of tabletop games will be available to play in-house before you check them out to play at home. Try them all and then borrow your favorite.
I wouldn’t want to give all our fun plans away yet, so keep your eyes peeled at the branches and on our social media channels for more information about the best and geekiest day of the year. In the meantime, check out some of our horror titles as we enter October this week:
• “The Poison Thread” by Laura Purcell. The novel stars imprisoned seamstress Ruth Butterham, who is convinced her stitches have the power to kill; and phrenology-obsessed heiress Dorothea Truelove, who hopes Ruth will be a useful object of study. Featuring a pair of unreliable narrators and an evocative Victorian-era setting, this creepy Gothic novel will keep readers guessing about its characters’ motivations and the secrets they keep.
• “The Ballad of Black Tom” by Victor LaValle. In 1920s Harlem, a young African American con artist named Charles Thomas Tester struggles to make ends meet for himself and his dying father while treading on the borders of an occult realm. This atmospheric retelling of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” cleverly deconstructs the racism of its source material by putting a black man front and center. A Bram Stoker Award finalist, The Ballad of Black Tom won the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award and the 2017 British Fantasy Award.
• “The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” by Paige McKenzie. In this creepy young adult novel based on the YouTube series of the same name, 16-year-old Sunshine Griffith discovers that her new home in Washington state is haunted — and that she alone may possess the power to help the restless spirits move on. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is followed by The Awakening of Sunshine Girl and The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl.
• “In the Shadow of Spindrift House” by Mira Grant. Welcome to Spindrift House, a supposedly haunted manor in Maine, where a quartet of mystery-solving teens vie for a $3.5 million reward. The friends must find the home’s original deed to help settle an ownership dispute…but previous fortune-seekers have already died trying.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!