A new eBook by Stephen King

It’s here…and it sounds great.  Released on Thursday, September 1st as an eBook, Stephen King gives us Mile 81 .  You can find a synopsis and all the info you need right here. Sounds creepy!


What are you reading this winter?


I always try to have an interesting bulletin board in the children’s area of the library to help get kids reading. This December, our bulletin board echoes the chilly, snowy weather we’re having. So why not settle down in the warm house and read a good book?

This month, I am reading the newest book of short stories by Stephen King called Just After Sunset, as well as working my way through the Forest of Reading books for the New Year. I’m hoping to get through them all before I start visiting the schools to promote the program to our young readers.

What are YOU reading this winter?

A writer and his snacks

Stephen King has written an interesting article about snacking at the movies for Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Thanks again to Larry over at the Fire Wire for finding this interesting piece.

For a magazine that prides itself on the many aspects of the movie business it covers, EW hasn’t had much to say over the years concerning the important subject of snacks. Oh, an occasional piece about how much they cost, but few words on their culinary wonderfulness. This needs correcting, because, while some people eat snacks while they are at the movies, there are some who go to the movies so they can eat snacks. That would be me. So let me impart a few lessons years of snacking have taught me.

First, support your theater. Buy at the snack bar and damn the expense. You could probably sneak your own food in, but if you’re caught, you’ll be thrown out. As for bringing healthier snacks from home: Did you really hire a babysitter and drive six miles so you could snark cucumber slices half-drowned in buttermilk ranch out of a slimy plastic bag? Is that what you call living it up?

If you want to get healthy, there are places for that: They’re called ”health clubs.” And I find there’s something giddy about tossing down $4.50 for a box of Gummi Bears or a bag of chocolate raisins. It makes me feel like a high roller, especially when the matinee ticket itself only costs 50 cents more.

I always start my order with the ritual drink — Diet Pepsi if possible, Coke Zero as a fallback, Diet Coke the court of last resort. A big diet cola sops up the calories and cholesterol contained in movie snack food just like a big old sponge soaks up water. This is a proven fact. One expert (me) believes a medium diet cola drink can lower your cholesterol by 20 points and absorb as much as one thousand empty calories. And if you say that’s total crap, I would just point out I don’t call it a ritual drink for nothing. Sometimes I add a strawberry smoothie with lots of whipped cream, but I’m always sure to take enough sips of my ritual drink to absolve me of those calories, too.

With my calorie-absorbent drink in hand, I can then safely order a large popcorn with extra butter. Of course it isn’t really butter, it’s some sort of mystery substance squeezed from the sweat glands of small animals, but I have developed such a taste for it over my years of filmgoing that the real stuff tastes wrong, somehow.

If the counter guy puts on the glandular butter substitute himself, I watch carefully to make sure he greases the middle of the bag as well as the top layer. If it’s self-serve (at the beginning I didn’t like this option, but now I do), I proceed to hammer on that red button until I have what I call a ”heavy bag.” You know you have a heavy bag when the bottom starts to sag and ooze large drops of a yellow puslike substance before you even get into the theater. And don’t forget the salt. Popcorn salt is a little strong for my taste (and it looks like powdered urine); I prefer plain table salt. Half a shaker is about right.

With a ”heavy bag,” caution is a must. Don’t put it on your lap; when the movie’s over and the lights come up, people will think you wet your pants. Courtesy is also a must. Don’t put it on the seat beside you, or the next person is going to sit on a seat that oozes. Not cool, bro.

My candy of choice is Junior Mints. And while I don’t bring bootleg food into the movies, I do bring bootleg toothpicks. Then, as I relax in my seat, I take a toothpick and poke five or six Junior Mints onto it. It ends the dreaded Chocolate Hand, and it’s also kind of fun to eat candy off a stick. I call them Mint-Kebabs.

And although it’s a matter of personal choice, I myself don’t eat movie meat (go on, snicker, I can take it). My motto is ”Never buy a hot dog that’s been waiting in a foil Baggie under a heat lamp.” For all you know, that stray dog could have been there since Revenge of the Sith. Nachos are good, but only if you get the reserve swimming pool of cheese sauce, because one is never enough.

Now that I think of it, the same could be said of snacks. But remember: Start with the ritual drink. After that, you’re on your own. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

What are you reading?

Just the other day, one of our patrons came into the library with a huge list of books. This is not unusual, and he was searching for a few titles from this list, most of which we had in our library. We often see people with lists of books they want to read, many getting ideas from the Sunday books section, from radio program suggestions or from magazines. This gentleman, however, had a list of books that his favourite author had listed as books that had influenced his writing.

This is actually something that many authors do, giving their readers and insight into what authors they regularly read or what books made them become the authors they are today. One of my favourite authors is Stephen King, and a few years back when he released his book “On Writing”, he included a very large list of books and authors that inspired him. Knowing the type of books that King writes, you might be surprised at the vast selection he recommended. I know that I worked my way through that list, purely from curiosity, and came up with several “new” authors that are now some of my favourite regular reads.

There is a great website that has actually compiled lists of books found on the bookshelves of famous dead people. The website itself is called LibraryThing and the lists include people from a wide variety of lifestyles, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marie Antoinette and many more, including lists in progress for Charles Darwin and Benjamin Franklin. If you click on this link, you’ll be taken directly to the lists completed and in process:


Just doing a quick search of the internet, I came across several blogs and personal websites that are geared towards what books are on their bedside tables, as that is usually where we keep our books to read. You might want to read through some of these lists for some new ideas, or just out of curiosity. It is almost like being a fly on the wall in someone’s house! How fun!