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Spooky summer reads suggested
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Greetings from the Great Bend Public Library! While we take a break from many of our activities for the month of August, we will be coming back in September with tons of fun for all ages. Look for our new fall and winter catalog featuring everything you’ll want to know about the rest of the year at the Great Bend Public Library coming out in mid-August.

This week I thought it might be fun to recommend some spooky summer reads. While none of these books involve a crazed man with a hook for a hand, I think you will still find them quite bone-chilling and perfect for a summer night around a toasty campfire. And don’t worry if you hear a branch break or some rustling in the bushes, I’m sure it’s nothing… 

My first pick is “The Lost Village” by Camilia Sten, a book I personally enjoyed. It’s filled with suspense, genuine scares, and twists and turns around every corner. Our protagonist, documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt, travels with her team to an old Swedish mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village.” In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family, along with the rest of the town, disappeared in a mysterious tragedy. With a small budget, Alice and a few others begin filming and attempting to understand the truth of the town’s fate. However, not long after they arrive, they find themselves confronting a myriad of unexplained happenings. Equipment is destroyed. An injured crew member goes missing. As the mysterious events continue, and the entire crew’s minds begin to crack under the pressure, one thing starts to become startlingly clear to everyone: they are not alone. If you enjoy this book, Camilla Sten has another thriller out called “The Resting Place.”

Practically begging to be read around a campfire is our next entry, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. Stories of spooky skeletons with torn and tangled flesh, ghosts bent on revenge and haunted houses, all accompanied by Stephen Gammell’s spectacularly creepy artwork, capture the horror of over two dozen tales filled with terror and the macabre. There’s a good chance you won’t be sleeping through the night after reading these. I would like to wish you a spooky end of your summer, filled with campfire stories, s’mores, and clear, starry nights.

Written by Hannah Grippin, outreach manager at the Great Bend Public Library. To see what else is going on at the library, find it on social media @greatbendpl and visit the website You can also message GBPL on Facebook, send email to, or call 620-792-2409 with any questions about programming or services.