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Library News

Haunted Harvest Carnival

Have some spooky fun at the Portland District Library on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. during our Haunted Harvest Carnival! This all-ages event requires a ticket for entry, which can be picked up at the Youth Desk starting Monday, October 9. Ticket times include: 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are first come, first served; there are a limited number available for each time slot. Dress in your favorite costume, trick-or-treat throughout the library, see what your future holds, spin the prize wheel, and more. Don’t forget to redeem your ticket punches for prizes before heading home!

Witch Crossing

Halloween is just around the corner, and witches have taken to the night sky. But not every witch is skilled and flying her broom, and you never know when one is going to crash at your house. Register any time, and on October 2 pick up a bag with everything you’ll need to make your own pair of witch legs. Will your witch have fallen head-first into a cauldron, or will she have crashed into a bush? The choice is yours! Ages 16 and up, registration is required.

Quilling Club

Have you ever heard of Quilling? It is the art of using strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, twisted and otherwise manipulated to create different shapes, and glued together to create decorative designs. Quilling designs can be used to decorate greeting cards, pictures, boxes, and more. The library is starting a drop-in quilling club in October, which will meet on the second Wednesday of each month—October 11 and November 8—from 6:30-7:30. We’ll work on our projects together, show each other new techniques we've learned, and share ideas.

Children’s and Teen

Virtual STEM Club Littles Edition: Dancing Ghosts

What is static electricity? Scientists, ages 5 & under, will be able to answer this question after completing Virtual STEM Club Littles Edition: Dancing Ghosts. Registration for Take-and-Make bags will begin Wednesday, October 4. Follow along with library staff on YouTube as we guide you and your little one through creating a ghost, preparing a balloon, and making that ghost dance using static to help! Program does require parental supervision and is limited to 25 patrons.

Page Turners:

Portland District Library's teen book club, Page Turners, has shifted their focus from thrillers to a sports romance/mystery vibe with their next book selection. They have chosen to read “Whistleblower” by Kate Marchant.

This book is about Laurel Cates, who is used to being silent and overlooked, but when she uncovers buried secrets about her school's beloved football coach while writing an article for the school paper, she knows she has to speak up, even if it means risking her job, reputation, and even safety.

Want to discover the coach's secret and find out what happens to Laurel? Simply come down to the Youth Desk beginning Friday, September 1 and register for Page Turners. You will get your very own copy of “Whistleblower” to keep!

Meetings are scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 7 and Saturday October 28, in the Community Room.


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