With a new film adaptation of Anne of Green Gables recently broadcast on PBS (which you can stream on the PBS website until December 22, 2016) and the upcoming adaptation of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, it felt like the perfect time to showcase some of the Alexandria Public Library’s access to retellings of classic novels and fairy tales in the young adult fiction section. I was surprised at how many were available in the stacks. Not only were there retellings that stuck fairly strictly to the original material, but there were plenty that only followed the originals loosely. Below are the results of the display for the first week, though it needed significant restocking throughout its display life. I’ve included a list of the titles I used on the display.

The flyer posted with the display explaining the theme also included a list of other titles available throughout the system, which patrons might place a hold on to come to the Duncan branch or pick up at its owning branch after searching the catalog for the item.

Each book sat with a bookmark encouraging browsers to check them out and with a secret message lower down, hidden in the pages of the book. I always found as a browser at public libraries when I was a teenager that I was never sure if the books on display could be checked out or not. In fact, I was convinced they could not be checked out because doing so would disturb the display and leave a gap! Knowing what I know now, this sounds ridiculous. I’m inclined to believe, however, that plenty of people who browse my displays have the same feelings of uncertainty now, so I feel it’s really important to indicate somewhere on the display that patrons are allowed and even encouraged to check out items on the display.

What retellings do you love?

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Titles Used on Display

Dark Companion Acosta, Marta
Everneath Ashton, Brodi
The Looking Glass Wars Beddor, Frank
Jekel Loves Hyde Beth Fantaskey
Antigoddess Blake, Kendare
A Curse as Dark as Gold Bunce, Elizabeth C.
Abandon Cabot, Meg
The Goddess Test Carter, Aimee
Oh My Gods Childs, Tera Lynn
Sweet Venom Childs, Tera Lynn
Goddess of Yesterday Cooney, Caroline B.
Black Spring Croggan, Alison
Entwined Dixon, Heather
Prom & Prejudice Eulberg, Elizabeth
The Sea of Trolls Farmer, Nancy
Bewitching Flinn, Alex
Towering Flinn, Alex
Nobody’s Princess Friesner, Esther
Masque of Red Death Griffin, Bethany
The Fall Griffin, Bethany
Just Ella Haddix, Margaret Peterson
If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? Kantor, Melissa
Enchanted Kontis, Alethea
Tender Morsels Lanagan, Margo
Catherine Lindner, April
Ash Lo, Malinda
A Court of Thorns and Roses Maas, Sarah J.
Throne of Glass Maas, Sarah J.
September Girls Madison, Bennett
Eyes Like Stars Mantchev, Lisa
Wildwood Dancing Marillier, Juilet
Spindle’s End McKinley, Robin
Cleopatra Confesses Meyer, Carolyn
Cinder Meyer, Marissa
Prophecy Oh, Ellen
This Dark Endeavor Oppel, Kenneth
Dorothy Must Die Paige, D. M.
East Pattou, Edith
Fathomless Pearce, Jackson
Sistes Read Pearce, Jackson
Life After Theft Pike, Aprilynne
Withering Tights Rennison, Louise
Cleopatra’s Moon Shecter, Vicky
A Long, Long Sleep Sheehan, Anna
The Madman’s Daughter Shepherd, Megan
Her Dark Curiosity Shepherd, Megan
Alice in Zombieland Showalter, Gena
Enthusiasm Shulman, Polly
Man Made Boy Skovron, Jon
Nameless St. Crow, Lili
The Chaos of Stars White, Kiersten
Briar Rose Yolen, Jane
Sass & Serendipity Ziegler, Jennifer