By Joyce Waybright
Put on your favorite costume and come on down to Bruce C. Clarke Library for some fun.
The library will host Halloween-costume themed activities and other programs throughout the month of October.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31, the library’s Halloween Story Walk will feature a new book titled “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!” by Ryan Higgins. You can get dressed in your best costume and come to the library and take a story trip around the main quad. This is an exciting family event where patrons of all ages may take a trip around the quad outside the library and read this enchanting Halloween book as they stroll. Families will be able to read the story on their own as well as with our children’s librarian.
Other activities will include trick-or-treating in the library and spooky music performed by the 399th Army Band.
Everyone is encouraged to dress up for this hauntingly good time. Halloween events will the place of the Wednesday Story Time, but the outdoor storyboards will be available until 2 p.m.
This month’s S.T.E.A.M. Lab will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The focus will be on art and costumes. Patrons and children will have the opportunity to finish up that missing piece of their costume or add that bit of flair. Some materials and assistance will be available but will be limited, so bring some of your own “notions” and maybe share with others. There will be supplies for crafts and pumpkin decorating, as well.
The library also has craft- and costume-making books if you need new ideas.
The library is holding its second annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest leading up to the Halloween Story Walk.
Patrons should submit their pumpkins beginning Oct. 22.
Submissions will end Oct. 30. Voting will commence Oct. 31 during the Story Walk. Pumpkins should be literary-themed and painted only.
No carved pumpkins will be accepted.
Patrons can compete and mark off 10 of the fall-themed activities on the Challenge List available in the library.
Patrons can return the sheet to the Circulation Desk or the Children’s Library to win a prize.
You can take pictures of yourself completing the activities and print them off to have your picture featured in the Children’s Library throughout the fall season.
Some things on the list: Jump in a pile of leaves, go to a pumpkin patch, carve a pumpkin, go for a hayride, come to Story Time, come to the Story Walk, watch a spooky movie and go trick or treating.
Spooky movies for kids will be presented at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays in October. All ages are welcome, but children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Movies are rated G or PG. For title information contact the front desk at 573.563.4113.
The library will host a Classic Horror Movie Series that will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesdays in October. All movies, which will be rated PG-13, will be shown in the library’s Community Room. Drinks and snacks will be provided to those who attend. For title information, contact the front desk at 573.563.4113.
Special Story Time
The annual Fire Safety Story Time with the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department will take place at 10:30 Oct. 16 and at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the library.
EXTRA for Teen Book Week
“It’s Written in the Stars…READ!” is the sub-theme for 2018 and will be celebrated Sunday through Oct. 13. The theme encourages teens/young adults to build an inherent habit to think and read outside of the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of-this-world reads.
You can pick out a teen/young adult book and join us at the Book Brigade Club meeting to tell about your favorite book or author. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Community Room.
(Editor’s note: Waybright is the chief of community services at the Bruce C. Clarke Library.)