Spooky October

We have some GHOULISH programs. Participate in some of our many Fall and Halloween themed events.

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Adult Programs

Dann and Raymond’s Movie Club: The Movies of Stephen King

Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Daily Herald movie critic Dann Gire and film historian Raymond Benson present the movies of author Stephen King.

Sign up begins 9/22. Presented: Zoom

 

The Tower of London

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

London tour guide John Gowing takes us on a tour of the Tower of London telling stories of the dark history of this infamous landmark.

Sign up begins 9/29. Presented: Zoom

 

Unexpectedly Agatha: A Chat with Agatha Christie

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Historian Christine Brookes portrays the bestselling author of all time, Agatha Christie, describing her life and career as a famous mystery writer.

Sign up begins 10/5. Presented: Zoom

 

Halloween String Art

Monday, October 25

Lottery Sign up: 10/4. Presented: YouTube

Make a Halloween themed piece of 3D decorative wall art out of string and nails.

 

Lizzie Borden

Thursday, October 28, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays the infamous Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her parents with a hatchet in 1892.

Sign up begins 10/14. Presented: Zoom

Teen Programs

Tween Hangouts: Zombie Pumpkins

Friday, October 1, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join other middle schoolers and enjoy a fun activity.

Grades 6-8. Sign up.

 

Scary Story Contest

Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 17

Got an original masterpiece that will make us shiver? Send us your best spooky story (500 words max., 1 entry per person) for a chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Submit your scary story here!

Grades K – 12. Online submissions begin 10/1.

 

Tween Graphic Novel Book Club – This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Monday, October 11, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

A group of boys make a pact to learn the fate of the paper lanterns that their community sends downriver each autumn.

Grades 6-8. Sign up begins 9/27. Presented: In Person

 

Teen Book Club – Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Trans teen Yadriel is determined to prove his gender to his conservative brujx family but when he accidentally summons the spirit of a bad boy from his high school, Yadriel must use his ghostly help to solve the murder of his cousin.

Grades 9-12. Sign up begins 10/5. Presented: In Person

 

Minecraft Mania Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an ultra-spooky scavenger hunt through the world of Minecraft.

Grades 5-12. Sign up begins 10/12. Presented: In Person

Youth Programs

Scary Story Contest

Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 17

Got an original masterpiece that will make us shiver? Send us your best spooky story (500 words max., 1 entry per person) for a chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card.

Submit your scary story here!

Grades K – 12. Online submissions begin 10/1.

 

Twin Lakes Harvest Hayride and Storytime

Friday, October 8, 5:10 – 8:10 p.m.

Saturday, October 9, 5:10 – 8:10 p.m.

Enjoy a Library storytime on a family friendly hayride at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. End the night with s’mores and hot chocolate while relaxing around a bonfire.

All ages. The 5:10 p.m. hayride on both nights is for children 6 and under. For ticket information, contact the Salt Creek Park District at 847-259-6890.

Held offsite at Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive, Palatine.

 

Spooky Science: Chemical Reactions STEM

Monday, October 11, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Have fun with science as Scott Douglas from Discover Science performs chemistry experiments with help from the audience.

Grades 1 and up. Tickets available 9/27 for valid District cardholders. Presented: In Person

 

Fall Storytime and Nature Walk

Tues, October 19, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

We start with a storytime and then go on a nature walk on the trail behind the Library.

All ages. Sign up begins 10/5. Presented: In Person

 

Family Pumpkin Decorating

Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Transform a pumpkin into a boo-tiful decoration with your family. We provide the pumpkin and supplies, families provide the creativity!

All ages. One pumpkin per family. Sign up begins 10/5. Presented: In Person

 

Day of the Dead Rock Painting

Thursday, October 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Get creative and decorate rocks with designs inspired by Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos.

Grades 3-6. Materials provided. Sign up begins 10/7. Presented: In Person

 

Halloween Storytime and Parade

Tuesday, October 26, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Show off your costume and treat yourself to a special Halloween storytime. Bring a camera to capture the fun of the parade through our library.

All ages. Sign up begins 10/12. Presented: In Person

 

Baby Halloween Storytime

Thursday, October 28, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Dress your baby in a costume and come enjoy this seasonal lapsit storytime.

Ages Birth – 12 Months. Sign up begins 10/14. Presented: In Person

 

Halloween Party at the Palatine Community Center

Saturday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Experience a jack-o-lantern gym for the “wee ones,” challenging games, ghoulish goodies, a creative craft table, and a storytime provided by the Library’s puppet players. Dress for the weather.

Ages 10 and under. For ticket information, contact the Palatine Park District at 847-991-0333.

Held off-site at Palatine Community Center, 250 E. Wood Street, Palatine.

North Hoffman Branch Program

Day of the Dead Rock Painting

Monday, October 25, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Get creative and decorate rocks with designs inspired by Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos.

Grades 3-6. Materials provided. Sign up begins 10/11. Presented: In Person

Rand Road Branch Program

Day of the Dead Rock Painting

Thursday, October 28, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Get creative and decorate rocks with designs inspired by Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos.

Grades 3-6. Materials provided. Sign up begins 10/14. Presented: In Person