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Long live Edgar Allen Poe

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Guest to the library at Shelbyville Central High School are introduced to a new genre, author or topic each month. This display featured the works of Edgar Allen Poe.
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Visitors to the library at Shelbyville Central High School in October were treated to a celebration of the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the first writers of detective fiction, Poe is probably best remebered for his horror stories and poetry. His works and those inspired by Poe were showcased by librarians Heather Richards and Dona Northcutt.

Richards interviewed Kelly Creagh, author of Nevermore, a young-adult novel based on Poe's works. "I think the main reason Poe remians popular today -- is his capacity to make us think," Creagh said.

"His stories frighten us so much because they compel us to look very closely at our inner most fears and desires, begging us to ask ourselves if they aren't perhaps one and the same."

In the display, students had the opportunity to touch the "Tell Tale Heart," see "The Cask of Amontillado," and read quotes from "The Raven."

"The students were initially drawn to the many interactive elements of the display itself, and their attention was then captured by the many books featured as well," said Northcutt. "Several areas of the library were decorated that supported the overall theme of the display and the holiday season."

A different display is available to students each month, as are student-led activities and collaborative participation from other school departments.

With the appeal of cooking networks and cook-offs, this month's display will delight foodies. "We have an interesting display planned for the Thanksgiving season based on food that will include novels with cooking, cookbooks, and books on the history of food," Northcutt said.

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