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The Christmas Party by Morgan C.

This story is one of the winners of the Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Congratulations!

The snow fell in a storm of white all around the festive old town. In the backyard of a house far into the country the snow changed colors as it fell. Children ran through the snow playing with their toy broomsticks hovering slightly above the snow. Adults watched the kids through the windows laughing at their merriment. A few older kids and teens whizz around through the snow on actual brooms. A young boy around the age of eleven touched back to the ground and ran for the door to the house.

The Cat in the Rafters by Erin B.L.

This story is one of the winners of the Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Congratulations!

“MREOW!!” the kitten yowled, “MREOW!!”

Mundungus Fletcher walked quickly through the streets of Diagon Alley, holding a bag full of ginger Persian cats. He tried to look unconcerned and casual, but his glances back and forth, quick steps and ducked head showed that he had just stolen. Inside the bag, six kittens and a mother squirmed and wiggled. Five kittens had ginger and white stripes, pug-like faces and bright blue eyes. But the sixth kitten was obviously the leader. He was larger than all of the others, but where his brothers and sisters had slightly flat features, his face looked like it had been smashed with a frying pan. There were mats in his soft long fur, and he switched his long tail from side to side as he climbed to the top of the bag.

Stars by Ruby R.

This story is one of the winners of the Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Congratulations!

She was beautiful. Harry watched as Ginny sat down at the base of the apple tree in the backyard of the Burrow. He wanted to kick himself for not noticing her for all those years. If he hadn't been so blind, they would have had years together. Years of running his fingers through her hair, years of kissing in the common room, years of clandestine meetings—like this one. He walked up and sat beside her. “Hey Gin.”

Ginny turned and smiled wistfully. Harry. Kind, wonderful Harry, who was pushing her away for her own protection. Sweet, stubborn Harry, who refused to believe that she was already a prime target in the war. Strong, brave Harry, who had taught her not to be afraid of the man who had once possessed her, to say Voldemort's name. He was everything to her. “Hi Harry.”

Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. We had some great stories to read! The winners are:

Toys For Tots

We're collaborating with the Board Gaming League of Canton by collecting Toys for Tots all day on December 1 - 2. Help make someone's holiday special by donating a new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl; just drop it off here at the library. They've asked for no stuffed animals, please, but any other toys would be great; especially gifts for 9 to 14 year old girls or boys.  The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will distrubute these toys to less fortunate children in the community.

Historical Fantasy

If you enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, try one of these:

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

The diviners by Libba Bray

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, December 1  between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks! Also, this month we're collecting for Toys for Tots. Drop off new toys December 1st or 2nd to help those in need.

Our New E-readers Are Here

Our new E-readers are here! We have 4 Sony Readers and 1 Kindle Touch. They each have 10 books preloaded on them so no messy downloading required. You can check out an e-reader for 3 weeks (and, yes, you can renew it if no one else is on hold for it), but you must return it to a staffed desk, and it's $5 per day overdue (so remember to return it on time).

New Circulating E-readers

Starting in November, we will have 4 Sony Readers and 1 Kindle Touch available for check out! They'll each have 10 books preloaded on them, so no messy downloading required. You can check out an e-reader for 3 weeks (and, yes, you can renew it -if no one else is on hold for it), but you must return it to a staffed desk, and it's $5 per day overdue (so remember to return it on time). Look for these e-readers in our catalog (to place holds) starting November 1, 2012.

Giant Scrabble

Join us Monday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board. Test your ultimate Scrabble skills on a team; you can either stop by for a word or two, or stay the entire time!

Animanga Cosplay Contest

Join us Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM for our Animanga Cosplay Contest! Dress as your favorite, stylish anime character and you could win a prize. Or, just come along to watch anime and support your friends!
[photo by magoexperto is licensed under CC by 2.0]

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, November 3 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest

Love Harry Potter? Why not enter our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest.  Write about your favorite characters, objects, spells or any other aspect from the wonderful Harry Potter series.  Prizes will be given for the top pieces in the following age categories: 6th-8th grade, 9th-10th grade, 11th-12th grade, and even for adults.  We will begin taking submissions on November 1 and will receive entries no later than November 21. See rules and how to enter here.  One entry per person, please.  Join us on November 30 at 4:00 PM when we will host a Final Reception to announce the winners.

Teen Romance

Looking for teen romance books similar to those by Meg Cabot, then try one of these:

The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen

Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison