Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Those in the know are already aware of this, but zombies are the new vampires. Goodbye Edward and Angel, hello brain-munchers. With Halloween just around the corner, it is the perfect time to catch up and check out some zombie books and movies.

In Marvel Zombies, all of the Earth’s superpowered beings are infected with a virus that changes them into flesh-eating zombies. Captain America, Spiderman, the Hulk, Wolverine – all out for brains.

The acclaimed graphic novel series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, stars Rick, a police officer from Kentucky who bands together with others to find a secure home in a world newly overrun by zombies.

You may be a Pride and Prejudice devotee, but have you ever stopped and thought that maybe it would be improved upon by the addition of some zombies? Maybe it would be a better story if Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were brought together because they were both highly skilled killers? If so, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the book for you.

When it comes to zombies, you can’t overlook movies. Night of the Living Dead (1968) changed horror movies forever and was the first major zombie movie. Its sequel, Dawn of the Dead (1978) might be even better; many zombie aficionados consider it the best zombie flick ever. For something more recent, try the darkly funny Shaun of the Dead or perhaps 28 Days later - a personal favorite of mine, directed by Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle (who said zombies move slow?)

What to do if a zombie uprising starts here in the Flathead? Try The Zombie Survival Guide series, by Max Brooks. It gives plans for defense and attacks against zombies, and tells what to consider when on the run. Brooks also wrote the popular novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which tells the history of zombie wars through interviews with those who lived through them.

This is all good and fine for those uninfected, but if the worst case scenario happens, you’ll surely need Zombies for Zombies: advice and etiquette for the living dead. Chapters like “The 14 Habits of Highly Effective Zombies” and “You Are Who You Eat” will prevent you from committing any embarrassing faux pas.

All of these (and more!) available from FCLS.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Best Wishes to Sidney Johnson

On Thursday, October 22nd, the Flathead County Library Board of Trustees honored Sidney Johnson with the following resolution:

WHEREAS, It has been brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees of the Flathead County Library System that Sidney Johnson will retire from the Library on October 27, 2009; and,

WHEREAS, Sidney Johnson has devoted 33 years of dedicated, loyal, and outstanding service to the Flathead County Library System and the citizens of Flathead County; and,

WHEREAS, She has cataloged thousands of library materials, made many contributions to the library profession, and has touched the lives of countless co-workers and customers during her tenure at the Flathead County Library System:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED That the Board of Trustees of the Flathead County Library System does hereby congratulate Sidney Johnson on her years of service to the Flathead County Library System and expresses publicly its sincere appreciation for that service and offers its best wishes for retirement.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Teen Read Week begins!

Teens across Flathead County are invited celebrate reading for the fun of it this week. Stop by your local library and pick up a good book! You can also register yourself to win a $10 gift card to Borders, just by telling us your favorite recent read. Teen Read Week is a national event and is sponsored by the American Library Association. Read more about it at ALA's site.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Readers to the Rescue

Today was a special day for all of us as we presented our Readers to the Rescue donation to Human Therapy on Horseback. Remember all of that extra reading the kids and teens did this past summer? By reading an extra 16,000 hours, our children and teens were able to donate $2000 to this very worthy and helpful organization. We would like to thank our Friends of the Flathead County Library System for pledging the money for this project. Many thanks to all of you awesome readers out there!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Big Read Film: Prom Night in Mississippi

In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. For more information, visit the film’s website.

Join us for an exclusive free screening of this award winning film tomorrow evening, October 8, at 7pm. The screening will take place in the Community Room of the Arts & Technology Building at FVCC.