Happy Halloween

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 30th, 2014

The library’s Statista database offers an intriguing collection of infographics and what they call Giant Charts including this chart about Halloween.

Who knew Americans were expected to spend $330 Million on pet costumes in 2013?  Happy Haunting!


Infographic: Happy Halloween! | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

Streaming Zombies

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 31st, 2013

Visit the library’s streaming indie film collection indieflix and stream some zombies!



The Channels button (over on the left) includes a Zombies channel.

Haven’t used indieflix before?  Check out this library blog post for all the details.

New eReference: Encyclopedia of World Mythology

By - Research & Instruction Librarian October 29th, 2013

New in the library’s eReference collection from Gale, is the Encyclopedia of World Mythology.


Use this 6-volume set to find background information on such things as:

Ave, avis obscura! – A Horae Halloween

By - Systems Librarian October 27th, 2011

In the spirit of All Hallows’ Evening, the following excerpt from the October 31, 1925 edition of the Horae Scholasticae, called The Horae Owl, is reprinted below :

Ave, avis obscura! Hail, bird of darkness! Once more, high upon the cabinet, perches an owl and looks down at us with unblinking stare. By day he gleans the pages of past and future Horae and is acquainted far in advance with the guarded secrets of each issue. And when all the editors are deep in slumber he shrugs his shoulders, stiff from holding the same position all day, and coming into life and motion flies with powerful beats through the window, to float about on noiseless wings until morning, when he returns to his perch and folds his pinions about him and settles into his pose. Then to some editor seeking inspiration he whispers the tale of mystery he gathered in the night.

But fortunate bird, never hungry, never the “mousing owl,” for under thy feathers are no vitals, but merely stuffings. It was fated that the taxidermist should leave the brain, and under its guidance may the wisest path be chosen, and under the baleful glare of thy yellow eyes may the foolish one be avoided.

The Horae Owl refers to the taxidermy owl that appeared for many years in School pictures of the  Horae board. The board from the 1925 Horae, when this anonymous selection of prose was published, is shown below with their mascot.  The owl is the bird of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, and serves as a symbol for the literary pursuits of the Horae as well as the general spookiness associated with Halloween.

First row: Clarence Burley Boutell ’26, John Clarkson Potter ’26, Kenneth Whittemore Pendar ’26, Grayson Mallet-Prevost Murphy ’26, Robert Gwynne Stout ’26.

Second row: Francis Augustus Drake ’25, Horae Owl, Calvin Pardee Foulke ’25.

Third row: William Wayne Neff ’25, Nelson Wright MacKie ’25, Rodney Stewart Young ’25, Winthrop Gilman Brown ’25, Howard Radclyffe Roberts Jr. ’25, Thomas David Mumford ’25, Lawrence  Heyworth Mills II ’25.

Halloween Greetings from Ohrstrom Library

By - Systems Librarian October 31st, 2008

Lisa Laughy – Archives Assistant

Librarian Action Figure is suited up for Halloween and ready to share her enthusiasm for the day at Ohrstrom Library.  A quick trip to the reference room provided her with this tidbit of information on the origins of Halloween celebrations in the U.S.:

“Halloween has its ultimate origins in the ancient Celtic harvest festival, Samhain, a time when people believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth.  Irish settlers brought their Halloween customs – which included bobbing for apples and lighting jack-o’-lanterns – to America in the 1840s.”

From: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, pg. 223. Ref. 394 H38 2005.

She also noticed the following fiction titles on the New Book Display in the Baker Reading Room, which she thought might make for some good scary reading over the weekend:

  • Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke, Fiction F96
  • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, Fiction F85
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Fiction L23
  • The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean, Fiction M12

She would like to remind you to be sure to stop by the library on your trick-or-treat route, and to wish you all a fun, scary, and sugar-filled Halloween!