Friday Oct. 4, 11, 18 + 25 at 10:30am Storytime. Stories, songs, and a snack*. All ages welcome.
Wednesday Oct. 9 at 3:00 –4:00, drop-in for
LEGO Club. Build a project of your choice. Items will be displayed for 1 month.
Take & Make Crafts:
Scarecrow Fest Events:
The WPL Children’s Room celebrates
- Friday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 join our Scare-crow team during Storytime; we’ll read a story & then work on our entry for the Fest.
- Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5:30 Spooks & Screams On the lawn stories/refreshments for Families
- Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12 noon a Pumpkin Roll Contest, prizes for longest rolls, etc.
October’s Reading Round-up from the Children’s Room—Fall into a Good Book!
We have a great selection of all things Fall, from silly to spooky, they are all treats.
Below are a handful of featured ones.
Kevin Henkes starts us out with In the Middle of the Fall, a quietly joyful paean to autumn and to the changeability of the seasons. Mouse’s First Fall and First Halloween by Lauren Thompson sweetly follow suit. To liven the mood try a
funny twist with Bob Raczka’s Fall Mixed Up . His rhyming, uneven verse enumerates some of the characteristics and
pleasures of fall, except that things are a bit topsy-turvy—bears gather nuts and pumpkins turn red. Highly recommended for the strong minded girls in your group, try Sophia’s Squash by Pat Miller, Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up
Dilemma by David Soman and Bella’s Fall Coat by Maine’s own Lynn Plourde.
For the older readers some spooky books are in order. Emerging readers can choose the classic Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Prize Pumpkin, Ghost of the Forest and the Spooky Old Tree. Jane O’Conor sends Lulu to Witch School and Mercy Watson, the plumpest of pigs is a Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo
We continue the spooky theme for the next level up. Examples are the newer Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert, with explosive action that keeps the pages turning. Ron Roy’s classic A to Z Mysteries ends with the Zombie Zone where the local graveyard has a zombie grave robber that needs nabbed. Dan Gutman adds his It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! Laughs and activities are included in this story. And just when your house feels safe, remember to turn to
Bunnicula the Rabbit Tale of Mystery? We have them all!
Our room’s oldest readers have several choices of screams with nightmare inducing books. Some that stand out are on their Maine Student Award list for 2019/20. Wicked Nix by Lena Coakely, The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee and Nightbooks by J. A. White feature spine-tingling tales that keep you in suspense until the end.
Families can take home on DVD, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and a read-along of great Halloween stories such as Georgie the ghost. Our non-fiction offerings range from traditional stories such as the Headless Horseman to Autumnblings, a poetry collection. You can also learn how apples grow, cider is made and why leaves turn color. Check us out!