Thursday, October 3, 2019

October Task

You can’t tell it from the weather, but it is officially fall. This is a favorite time of the year due to the scary stories, cooler weather, beautifully colored leaves, and a holiday where you get free candy. While the weather is not cooler and drought may mean less than impressive fall colors this year, there will be scary stories and free Halloween candy at your Decatur Public Library.  DPL is kicking off the inaugural year of the Halloween Gothic Gala and we have something planned for everyone. Kids of all ages can trick-or-treat from 12-5 pm at the Public Services Desk, Youth Services, and any of the offices that have a trick-or-treat sign outside the door. In addition to candy there will be a “Reading Raven” scavenger hunt, puzzles of all kinds, card games, a Gothic coloring banner, a kids fishing game, assorted crafts for kids and adults, themed trivia (starting at 3 pm in the Training Center) and a Gothic photo opportunity. At 5 pm, award-winning author Betty Bolte will be here to discuss writing Gothic fiction. At 5:30 pm the “Fiends” of the Library will set up a refreshment and spooky treats spread on the plug-in bar. At 6 pm there will be a costume contest for all ages. The finale will be at 7 pm when Mr. Rufus Wilmot Griswold (nemesis of Edgar Allan Poe, portrayed by Joshua Dickson) will present the winning story in each age category from DPL’s Story Contest. Make plans to be at DPL for a load of scary fun on Thursday, October 31st!

To get you in the mood for a Halloween party, the task this month is to read a book that is about or set around Halloween.

Scary Reading!