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October 2014 KIDSHEET

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Trick or Treat, It’s HALLOWEEN!

If you’re a full-fledged fan of Halloween, then we’ve got just the plan for you! First, you need to decorate your house. Start with Haunt Your House for Halloween by Cindy Fuller (J745.594). To set the mood with music, try one of these children’s CD J’s: Casper's Spookiest Songs and Sounds; Boo, Cackle, Trick or Treat; Kidz Bop Halloween; Hunk-ta-Bunk-ta Spooky; Halloween Fun; Halloween Howls; or Elmo Says Boo!

Then, you need to plan a gruesome menu. Do that with Sarah Schuette’s Halloween Cookbook (J641.568) where you’ll find recipes for such treats as Jack-o-lantern Juice, Crunchy Spiders, Slithery Sandwiches, Monster Toes, Eyeball Salad, and Witch Fingernails. You can also try Wormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes by Brekka Hervey Larrew (J641.568), which “provides fun and unique recipes for a Halloween party, including nachos, cakes, and cookies.”

Next, be sure to have lots of fun activities planned. Check out Deanna Cook’s FamilyFun Tricks and Treats (J745.5941) and Linda White’s Haunting on a Halloween: Frightful Activities for Kids (J745.594), which includes such fun as bewitching crafts, ghoul disguises, and goblin grub!

Feeling tired but not ready to give up the fun yet? Slip in a DVD from the children’s area and be ghoulishly entertained! Try any of the following:

Hoops & Yoyo Haunted Halloween
Curious George: a Halloween Boo Fest
Monster High: Ghouls Rule
Spooky Buddies, Very Brave Witch and More Great Halloween Stories for Kids!

End the evening with a favorite Halloween story. Go with a classic like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz. Or try something newer, like Click Clack Boo: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin, Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer, Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth, or J is for Jack-o-lantern by Denise Brennan-Nelson. (Look for all these in the Halloween picture book section; limit two books per visit during the holiday.)





October 12 - 18 Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library! A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults, Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of Teen Read Week is to encourage 12-18 year olds to "Read For The Fun Of It".

What to read? Check out our Teen Area to see what’s being recommended this week. Let us know what you’d like to see in this area and what you’d like to read and what type of programs you’d like to attend. We’re trying to make the Teen Area a place where YOU are comfortable. Help us do that!


It's a Halloween Happening!

Wednesday, October 29th


Join us for a program of Halloween fun!

A Haunted House will be set up in the Community Room for those brave enough to try it!

Crafts and activities will be available in the children’s area while waiting for entrance to the haunted house—or instead of it.

Children are welcome to attend in costume (makes a great trial run for the new Halloween costume!), but it is not required.


For children ages preschool through elementary age; under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


Programs @ your library

Story Times

Story Times are held for preschool age children every Wednesday morning. 
No registration is required.  An adult must stay with each child.


Wednesdays with Miss Mary at 11:30 am

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29



Mother Goose & Me

For infants through preschool, with a caregiver.

A favorite with the younger crowd, Mother Goose will visit the library most Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. 

See her October 3, 10, 17 & 31  (Mother Goose will take a Fall Break on October 24th.)






Every Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Children of all ages are welcome to participate.  Those under 7 years of age should be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 13 years of age. 

Lego bricks will be available for free form building. Also available are Duplo bricks and very large Mega blocks.

October 7, 14, 21, 28

Donations are very welcome!  Lego Club is a great home for any lonely Lego or Duplo blocks you have at home. 


Crafts & Activities:

Pumpkin Treats

Do try this at home!



  1. Spray a baking sheet with no-stick vegetable spray.
  2. Spread the seeds evenly over the sheet and lightly spray again.
  3. Roast in the oven at 300° for about half an hour or until golden brown.
  4. Season to taste with salt, garlic salt, seasoning salt, etc.



  1. Toast slices of bread or a split English muffin, let cool for a minute, then cut into pumpkin shapes or circles.
  2. Spread with processed cheese or cream cheese colored with orange food coloring.
  3. Make the eyes and mouth with slices of stuffed green olives, raisins, a slice of maraschino cherry, etc.



  1. Cut an square of orange tissue paper 6” x 6”.
  2. Pile small candies in the middle.
  3. Gather the edges and tie with a piece of green yarn.
  4. Glue on black tissue paper or construction paper eyes and mouth.







Mm, mm, sounds good!



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