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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Syosset Public Library Shares Their Full Summer Scares Slate

One of the biggest supporters of Summer Scares programming is Syosset Public Library in New York. Community Engagement Specialist Jessikah Chautin plans virtual programming around Summer Scares every year. This year she shared the schedule with us and invites any of your or your patrons to join in.

I have posted the entire schedule below with the Zoom links. It all begins tomorrow with 2022 Summer Scares spokesperson Alma Katsu in an event that needs no registration. 

One of the best things Syosset does with their Summer Scares programming is to use it as a way to feature their local horror authors.  That is a great example of what we are trying to do with the program in general. We want to use it as a way to feature Horror-- all of it-- not just the chosen authors. Chautin gets that. 

So please, check out this programming schedule and consider joining in-- you or your patrons.

Finally, if you want some help planning Horror events at your library anytime of year, email



Alma Katsu! Virtual BYOB and Author Visit a Summer Scares Event 

Link to join Webinar

Thursday, May 19 2022 at 7:30 PM 

Grab your favorite beverage and zoom in to “meet” Alma Katsu author of THE FERVOR.  This event officially kicks off Syosset Library’s Summer Scares programing. 


Andrew Joseph White! Virtual Author visit a Pride Month and Summer Scares Event  (Registration Required) 

Registration Link 

(Co-hosted with Teens) 

Thursday, June 16 2022 at 7:30 PM 

Zoom in to “meet” Andrew Joseph White, author of HELL FOLLOWED WITH US, a YA/Crossover novel about a Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. 


PC Cast! Virtual Author visit and BYOB a Summer Scares Event 

Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM 

Link to join Webinar

Grab your favorite summer beverage and zoom in to “meet” PC Cast, author of INTO THE MIST and many other favorites.


American Gravestone Symbolism 101 with Dr. Elise Ciregna 

Thursday, June 9 2022 at 7 P.M. 

Link to join Webinar

Have you ever wandered through a cemetery and wondered about the motifs and symbols carved into them?  Join Dr. Elise M. Ciregna as she presents a talk on American gravestones and symbolism over the past 400 years. Symbolism on American gravestones can tell us a lot about attitudes towards death, religious belief, contemporary thought, social and popular culture, literature and artistic endeavor, and many other areas of interest. We will look at some of the most common themes and how to interpret the symbols and motifs on gravestones, and link these to their time, their places and the people who used them to mark their loved one's burial site. 



Voices from Gilgo: The Hunt for the Long Island Serial Killer. A Summer Scares Event. 

Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 PM 

Link to join Webinar

Join local author and host of the VOICES FROM GILGO podcast Robert P. Ottone as he discusses the mystery of the Long Island Serial Killer. 


Write your own Gothic Horror/Romance with Erin Coughlin 

Thursday, June 30 at 7 P.M. 

Register in advance for this meeting here:

#Trending Summer Scares Wrap Up! J.W. Oker! Virtual BYOB and Author Visit

Thursday, August 25 7:30 PM ET

Welcome to the United States of Cryptids, where mysterious monsters lurk in the dark forests, deep lakes, and sticky swamps of all fifty states. From the infamous Jersey Devil to the obscure Snallygaster, travel writer and chronicler of the strange J. W. Ocker not only uncovers the bizarre stories of these creatures but investigates the ways in which communities have embraced and celebrated their local cryptids.

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