I LOVED reading scary books when I was growing up! When other kids my age were reading “Seventeen” or the latest celebrity gossip magazine, I was reading Stephen King’s The Stand, or Salem’s Lot. As I got older, I moved on to authors such as Clive Barker and Dean Koontz. When I went to college, I discovered past masters such as H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe…it was all so glorious!
Helping people discover a love of reading is one of my main passions. You can probably tell, because I have THREE different school assemblies themed to reading, along with about a dozen different library programs!
Young adults and teens are often some of the hardest people to draw into your library. They are quick to abandon something if it doesn’t immediately captivate their attention. A good YA/teen library program must be visual, fast-paced, interactive, and on their level. I’m proud to say my newest YA/teen program does all of this in a way guaranteed to leave teens hungry for more!
In “Horror In The Library,” I have taken several YA/teen horror novels and wrapped their plots around strange, bizarre, and scary magic tricks! Although there’s no blood, there are plenty of moments where your teen patrons will say “Ewww, gross!” There’s also a few moments where they will scream!
Although the selection of YA/teen horror novels will change from time to time, here’s just a few of the books typically featured in this engaging library program:
Here are some key features of this fun-filed YA/teen library program:
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“I loved the Reanimator! This was creepy fun!”
Larry Schultz, Library Staff Member
Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord
“The tweens and teens definitely thought the act was creepy and cool! This show featured a lot of historical mysteries that a lot of kids did not already know, so they got a LOT out of it! The kids LOVED the creepy artifacts and the Reanimator was a big hit!”
Merrie Haumann, Library Staff Member
Ahira Hall Memorial Library
“The teens enjoyed the weaving of historic accounts in with the illusions! Very entertaining and good visual program use of the artifacts!”
West Elmira Library
“Fantastic program! One of the BEST young adult programs we have ever had at the Sully Branch Library. ALL of the teens were extremely engaged and fascinated with Cris’ combination of storytelling, historical knowledge, and unique set of artifacts. Not only did our teens have fun, they learned a lot of important historical and cultural facts. Every teen who attended the program wants Cris to come back as soon as possible! The teens really enjoyed the stories and artifacts relating to voodoo, the Titanic, Lizzie, Borden, and many others.”
Tim Ryan, Young Adult Services Librarian
Sully Branch Library
“Our show was AWESOME! My group had such a great time listening to and participating with all the different stories. A guaranteed awesome, spooky time! Highly recommended!”
Katie Smith, Teen Services Librarian
“Cris is a great story teller! The artifacts he brought were great, and we loved the history behind the artifacts.”
Kimberely Graham, Librarian
Wimodaughsian Free Library of Canisteo
“The guests really enjoyed the whole show–the stories, the paranormal coincidences, the presentation, and the presenter! Cris was great to work with, very professionals and personable. I liked that he plugged librarians and books! I’d recommend his show to any libraries–and will! I hope we can have him back again soon.”
Tina Dalton, Youth Services Librarian
Cuba Circulating Library
“WOW! Totally awesome show–our audience was blown away! Also learned quite a bit about some historical facts. I recommend for libraries to have Cris Johnson come and present a show.”
Kate Puehn, Librarian