Halloween Happenings

halloween ghost-with-a-bagOctober is a great time for kids here at the library, as we have all sorts of fun stuff planned just for them this month!  We will have a Family Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31 starting at 10 a.m. in The Learning Center.  Kids can show off their Halloween costumes, play games, win prizes, make Halloween-themed crafts, and eat a snack.  The kids we have at our afterschool program really enjoy Bingo, so we’ll be playing a Halloween-themed Bingo for prizes.  Don’t worry, we’ll also have goodies to take home at the end of the party.  Feel free to come & go as you please, the party goes until the library closes at 1.

This week, kids can get their faces painted with a Halloween design on Thursday night at 6 pm or Saturday morning at 11 am.  Local artist Judy Yates will be sharing her face painting talents.  According to her website, Judy uses paints that are “hypoallergenic and especially designed for children’s skin.” Her website is at http://faceartbyjudy.com/ for those wanting to preview what her wonderful face paintings look like.

Also this week, school is out on Friday the 16th, so we will be showing a Family Movie and doing an easy craft at 2 pm.  There may be a family-friendly Halloween movie to enjoy with our friends.  Pass the snacks and lemonade!

And on Tuesdays throughout October at our afterschool club (4 pm – 6 pm in The Learning Center), kids can learn about Halloween costumes and makeup.  They’ll learn to make simple costume accessories and do their own Halloween-themed makeup.  Get some cool ideas and handmade costume items just in time to plan your Halloween costume!  And of course we always have other art projects, board games, and other activities at Afterschool, if you’d like a break from all the Halloween stuff.

At storytime for the rest of October, we’ll be sharing Halloween-season stories, songs, and crafts! Our storytimes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15 am, and Tuesdays at 6 pm.  All ages of kids (and their parents and caregivers) are welcome.  Make your own Frankenstein’s Monster, design the perfect paper Jack-o’-lantern, and more!

leonardo the terrible monsterThis week, we’ll be reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Mo Willems.  Willems used to write for Sesame Street, and his books are subtly hilarious.  This week, we’ll be reading his book called Leonardo, the Terrible Monster.  Along with some other great books about monsters, we’ll also be singing and enjoying monster-themed songs and making the aforementioned Frankenstein’s Monster.  But don’t be scared, he’s more cute than scary.

But grownups, don’t feel left out!  If you’re stressed, why not come enjoy some relaxation at our first Adult Coloring session, this Thursday at noon.  If you can’t come this Thursday, don’t worry, there will be another Adult Coloring session on Oct. 22 at 6:30 pm.  Take a break from work, kids, and/or real life and find some zen with quiet, soothing coloring.  We will provide the coloring pages and colored pencils.  Yes, there will be snacks, too.