By Tina Chaney
Special to GUIDON
The Bruce C. Clarke Library is gearing up for a “spooktacular” month of October.
It will celebrate Halloween, the Halloween Story Walk and “Fantober.”
Each week the library will be holding events that will lead to the Warrior-Con — the Bruce C. Clarke Library’s first ever comic and sci-fi convention-type event. It will be held Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Come into the library or call 573.563.4113 to get your questions answered.
Get your best costume on and come to the library Oct. 30 for the annual Halloween Story Walk featuring two books this year titled, “How to Scare a Ghost,” by Jean Reagan and “Give Me Back My Bones,” by Kim Norman.
The story walk will start at 12:30 pm. This is an exciting family event where the kids take a trip around the quad outside and read fun Halloween stories.
The library will also have spooky music performed by the 399th Army Band. There will be games, and kids will be able to walk throughout the library in their costumes and trick-or-treat. Army Community Service will be at the library to hand out safety packs for you to use at Halloween.
Army FMWR Libraries are proud to present Fantober, a month-long celebration of multiple fandoms in pop culture with something for everyone. There will be a different fandom highlighted each week.
Come to the library to get a full list of the fandoms and events that will be going on during Fantober.
The fandom celebration will culminate in the first Warrior-Con Nov. 2.
Two Fantober-themed movies will be played every Monday leading up to the Warrior-Con.
The next movie will be Monday. The library will have two kinds of movies playing — a PG-rated one at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room, and a PG-13-rated one at 4 p.m. only in the Community Room. Fun crafts and small snacks will be provided with each movie. For movie titles, please inquire at the library or check the movie posters found in the library. Children under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
A gaming hour is being held at the library in the Community Room from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today, Oct. 10 and 24. A fandom-themed video game will be available as well as themed board games.
Teens, adults and older kids will have access to all the games. Library staff asks that parents give their kids the age appropriate games and S.T.E.M. kits that will be provided.
This month’s S.T.E.A.M. Lab is Oct. 17 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is going to focus on patrons’ artistic skills. Patrons and children will have the opportunity to use the supplies provided by the library to decorate pumpkins. Pumpkins must be brought in by the patron.
Bring a pumpkin in and decorate it for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest that will be held Oct. 30 during Story Walk. The contest will start Oct. 20 to allow us to set all of our decorations up on a display in the library. The public will then vote on the best-decorated pumpkin. Pumpkins will not be carved in this program.
Another exciting event coming up this month: Fire Safety Story Time. On Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m., the Fort Leonard Wood Fire Department will come in and read some stories on fire safety. They will also provide helpful tips on how to be safe. Fire trucks will be on site for kids to look at. There will be stories, songs, and some gifts from the Fire Department.
So come meet some of the installation’s fire rescue heroes and Sparky the Fire Dog mascot.
(Editor’s note: Chaney is the supervisor librarian at the Bruce C. Clarke Library.)