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Books Inspire Hollywood’s Scariest Stories

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Skylar Houck

If you like watching horror, somebody has probably recommended that you watch Netflix’s latest original series The Haunting of Hill House. The show is guaranteed to scare and has received outstanding reception with a 9/10 rating on IMDb and a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. But did you know that the Netflix series is based on a book by the same name? The novel “The Haunting of Hill House” was written by Shirley Jackson in 1953 and had as much of a reputation for scaring as its Netflix adaption. “The books that have profoundly scared me when I read them —… Read More »

Truly Nightmarish Tales

Friday, October 26, 2018
Skylar Houck

It was a dark and stormy night when a teenage Mary Shelley developed her idea to write Frankenstein. Her tale was fueled by a nightmare: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together,” she writes of her dream. “I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy half-vital motion1.” The popularization of the horror genre itself may be owed to teenage Mary Shelley’s nightmares, as Frankenstein has sold between 80 and 100 million… Read More »

The Importance of Native Plants & Pollinators

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sheena Carroll

This guest post was written by Donna Pearson of the Girty’s Run Watershed Association   About a third of the plants in Pennsylvania fields and yards are invasive species that simply do not support the insects and caterpillars needed to support wildlife. They haven’t developed the specialized relationships they need. Flowering plants and pollinators co-evolved, and pollination is the key event for a plant and for pollinators in the cycle of a year. Some species of pollinators have co-evolved with one species of plant, and the two species time their cycles to coincide, for example, insects maturing from larva to adult… Read More »

Steel City Shakespeare Comes to MCL

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Skylar Houck

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” or should I say the Millvale Community Library. If you need plans for the weekend (Oct.12-14), look no further. Steel City Shakespeare Center’s performance of Hamlet, directed by Alan Irvine, is sure to entertain. With 80-90 hours of rehearsal, these five actors and actresses deliver Shakespeare’s text with a mix of pure emotion and humor. You may be surprised to find five actors playing fifteen roles. The memorization and performance of lines is astounding to say the least, and there was never any confusion concerning when actors switched between characters. The clever usage… Read More »

MCL Welcomes New Intern

Friday, September 7, 2018
Sheena Carroll

Skylar Houck was recently welcomed as MCL’s new fall intern. She is studying English and Political Science – with a focus on the nonprofit sector – at Chatham University. Her undying love for books and creative writing has her excited to become a part of the library’s team. Skylar is from New Kensington and has had many jobs throughout the years ranging from a banker to a cook. Although, her love lies with nonprofits. She has worked with Ten Thousand Villages since beginning college, and she is more often than not found there discussing fair trade or handling donations for… Read More »


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