Halloween is coming – are you getting scared?  If you’re frightened you won’t find the right costume or create the best decorations, have no fear.  Your library will help you!  If it’s ghosts you’re afraid of—watch Ghostbusters. We’ve got both the Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy versions.

Whether you want to make a costume for children (try Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes by Angela Wilkes) or your dog (Bow wow WOW! : fetching costumes for your fabulous dog  by Cathie Filian) we’ve got you covered.  There are lots of other books on sewing and crafting to give you pointers, including ideas for quick costumes made from things you have around the house.

For decoration and party ideas, check out the annual Halloween Tricks and Treats from the editors of Better Homes and Gardens, or Extreme Halloween by Tom Nardone. You can also find books on pumpkin carving and painting, plans for woodcarving, and quilting projects in the holiday spirit. 

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There are plenty of non-scary event at the library this week.  The only thing you need to be afraid of is missing out—put these on your schedule now!

Saturday, October 20 brings another stop on our Armchair Art Tour. At 2:00, Dr. Michael Norris will take you from Peru to Paris to Tahiti with Paul Gaugin. French post-Impressionist artist Gauguin is recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. As he traveled around the world, he mastered sculpture, pottery, and painting in a variety of styles.

Earlier on Saturday, the Chess Club is meeting at 11:30. Games will be arranged for players ages 6 and up with skill levels from beginners to advanced. 

October 21 is a Super Science Sunday. Children ages 8 and up should register in advance for hands-on activities and experiments. This month's topic is earthquakes and structural integrity. Your challenge is to build a structure strong enough to withstand a simulated Jell-O earthquake! The free program begins at 2:30.

Monday starts with an ESL discussion group at 10:30. There is also a group that meets on Thursday at 1:00.  Students who speak at all levels are welcome to either or both.

People are looking forward to Chair Yoga on Monday, October 22 at 3:30.  Seated participants will focus on the neck, shoulders and spine with simple, gentle motions. The program starts with centering and ends with a deep full body scan meditation. Space is limited and registration is required.  You must bring a yoga mat so your chair doesn’t slide.

Monday’s movie is based on the true story of a couple sailing across the Pacific Ocean. Set adrift when a storm damages their boat, this survival story will astonish you.  Showtime is 6:30; the movie will also be shown on Wednesday at 12:30.

If you are not at the movie, check out Canciones y Cuentos: Spanish/English storytime at 6:30.  Children of all ages whose native language is either Spanish or English will love sharing stories and songs with Miss Jailene.

Tuesday, October 23 brings 3 special programs for children.  At 3:30, come for a Halloween Crafternoon. Children of all ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of creative fun. We will provide everything you need to create some cute (or creepy!) Halloween characters.

At 4:30 there is a Chinese/English storytime.  All stories and songs are explained in English, so everyone can have fun and learn together.

The Easy Reader Book Club meets on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00. Newly-minted readers are invited to join us as we read and then discuss an Easy Reader title at our monthly meeting. Titles are read together as a group, but if you would like to pick up a copy prior to the meeting, they are available at the Adult Reference desk.

If you are 10 years old or older, register for the Coding Dojo on Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30. Come and learn the basics of coding by creating games. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours.

Thursday brings our third bilingual storytime. Come at 3:30 for stories in Italian. Unisciti a noi!

Thursday, October 25 at 5:00 there will be another workshop in our series on College Preparation.  Understanding the College Essay will explain the expectations for what an outstanding college essay entails, and will go over common questions you will encounter. Students in 11th and 12th grades should sign up in advance and are strongly encouraged to bring their parents. 

For more college prep, come the library on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 for a free SAT practice test. Students in 9th to 11th grades must register in advance.  Practice tests help calm nervous students and will demonstrate what the test is all about.

The Friends of the Library have their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00.  Join this group of wonderful library supporters and volunteers as they plan more ways to help the library.

There will be a crochet class on Saturday, October 27 at 10:00. Adults and teens ages 14 and will be advised on the materials to bring to class when they register.

The week finishes strong with a musical look at The Sixties: The British Invasion on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00. Rock historian Vincent Bruno will look at the phenomenal rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 1960s, from pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic). We will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to the impact of this remarkable decade.