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Spooky Stories to Read and Tell
By Debbie Stanton, Library Director | Oct 19, 2012

A while back I asked a friend who is very knowledgeable about Washington history, especially its unique (i.e., weird) history, if he knew of any collection of Washington ghost stories. That sent him on a quest for such a collection which sadly turned up nothing.

The library owns a few books on Iowa ghost stories – Ghostly Tales of Iowa by Ruth Hein (133.1 HEI), The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations by Chad Lewis (917.7704 LEW), and Old Capitol’s Ghosts by Robert Belding (977.7 BEL) – but, alas, no Washington stories.

With Halloween just around the corner and the “witching hour” upon us, I challenge Washingtonians young and old to share with the library your favorite ghost stories set right here in Washington. Perhaps there’s a witch that lives in a spooky old house just up the street from your own, or your brother’s friend’s babysitter definitely saw a ghost in an upstairs window downtown.

Write the stories down and get them to us – drop them by the library (or fly them over by broomstick for that matter), mail them to 115 W. Washington St., Washington, IA 52353, or e-mail them to me at debbie.stanton@washington.lib.ia.us. We’ll be compiling the stories to share with future generations of Washingtonians.

If you’re looking for a spooky story in the meantime, stop by the library and go batty for books.

The following new materials are available at the Washington Free Public Library.

Gifts & Memorials

All Things New by Lynn Austin, A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Still House Pond by Jan Watson given in memory of Barb Woods by Calla W.Smorodin

Adult Fiction

The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini, Dark Place by Gillian Flynn, The Racketeer by John Grisham, Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber, Echo by Jack McDevitt, Omega by Jack McDevitt, The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith, Rogue by Mark Sullivan, An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor, Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace

Large Print Fiction

Reap What You Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey, The Racketeer by John Grisham, Fool Me Twice by Robert B. Parker, Lullaby by Robert B. Parker, NYPD Red by James Patterson, Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb, Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling

Adult Nonfiction

Presumed Guilty by Jose Baez, Mythology by Christopher Dell, You Are What You Eat by Dr. Gillian McKeith, Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly, Thanksgiving by Sam Sifton, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch

Adult Biography

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen, Hello Gorgeous by William J. Mann

Young Adult Fiction

Snow White and the Huntsman by Lily Blake, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, The Kill Order by James Dashner, Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going, Eon by Alison Goodman, The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Juvenile Fiction

Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer, Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale, Yellowfang's Secret by Erin Hunter, Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Audio CDs

Sixth Man by David Baldacci, Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy, Chip Harrison Scores Again by Lawrence Block, Lawless by Matt Bondurant, Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown, Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark, Lovers & Players by Jackie Collins, Black Echo by Michael Connolly, Deep Black by Stephen Coonts, Split Second by Catherine Coulter, The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan, Kill Shot by Vince Flynn, Last To Die by Tess Gerritsen, Ransom River by Meg Gardiner, Last To Die by Tess Gerritsen, Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, 21st Century Dead by Christopher Golden, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, Haven by Kay Hooper, You Don't Want to Know by Lisa Jackson, Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson, Judgement Call by J. A. Jance, Eve by Iris Johansen, The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

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