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Poché: Library welcomes slate of Halloween attractions for all

St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries will be celebrating Halloween at all four library locations.

Tweens and teens are invited to the Central Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 to make “Shrunken Apple Heads.”  This was a popular Halloween tradition in the ‘70s, and we’re bringing it back, so join us!

Tweens and teens are also invited to make “Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls” at 6 p.m. Oct. 25. Families are invited to join the Central Library for a “Trunk or Treat” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Patrons can decorate their automobiles and hand out candies to children in a safe and fun truck-or-treating experience. A prize will be given for the best decorated automobile.

The Reserve Library will be hosting its monthly Make Shoppe at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Adult patrons will be making pumpkin centerpieces.

Children, ages 5 to 12, are invited to make a “Halloween Cookie Haunted House” at 6 p.m. Oct. 29. The library will also host a “Halloween Mask Make and Take” for the entire day on Halloween. Call the Reserve library at 985-536-4107 to register for any of the programs.

Children, ages 6 to 12, are invited to the Garyville Library for a “Halloween Simply Paint” at 4 p.m. Oct. 15. A “Halloween Candy Jar Guessing Game” will be hosted at the Garyville Library from Oct. 22-30.  Patrons will receive one guess for every library service (copying, computer use, faxing, or checking out materials.) A small prize will be given to the winner.

The Edgard Library will host a “Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Children, ages 6 to 12 are welcome to attend.  An “Accordion Fold Paper Bat” will be crafted at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Children, ages 6 to 10, are welcome to attend.

Tweens and teens will make “Halloween Themed Mason Jars” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and “Paper Plate Spiders” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

The Central Library will be hosting computer classes for adult patrons on every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Storytime will be held for children and their parents on every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This weekly program is a time for young children and their parents or caretakers to interact in a comfortable setting.  Each session will include stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities.

Tweens and teens are invited to celebrate Teen Read Week from Oct. 7-13. A “Book in a Jar” game will be hosted for the week for all tweens and teens to participate. A prize will be given to one lucky winner.

National Night Out Against Crime will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16. The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy food, drinks and win giveaways.

“Walking for Your Health” will continue to be held on every Thursday at 10 a.m. for adult patrons.  Studies confirm that walking benefits moods by releasing natural endorphins, so join the Reserve Library for 30 minutes of walking to reduce stress and increase your self-esteem.

Adult patrons are invited to “Morning Makers” at 10 a.m. Oct. 16. Patrons will be making DIY pincushions. The “Wee Readers Book Club” will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 3, 10 and 31 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24. This story time program invites children, ages 2 to 6, to listen to awesome stories and enjoy an activity associated with them.

The Garyville Library will host “Tech Classes” for adults at 11 a.m.  Oct. 5 and for teens Oct. 16 at 11 a.m.  Learn the basics and have your computer questions answered by library staff.

“Pajama Evening Storytime” will be held Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. for children ages 5 and up.

Children and their parents are invited to “Drop In and Play” at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 with puzzles and legos.

Computer classes will be held at the Edgard Library for adults on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Novice computer users who want to improve their skills are invited to take this 30-minute class.

Tweens and teens are welcome to attend Game Time every Thursday at 3:30 p.m., designed for kids to play classic board games, such as Jenga, Checkers, Candyland, etc.

Storytime will be held every Wednesday at 5 p.m. for children, ages 5 and older.

For a full list of all programs, please refer to our online calendar on our website, Facebook (St. John the Baptist Parish Library) or pick up a newsletter at any of our branches.

Kearston Poché is the administrative services coordinator for St. John the Baptist Parish Library. She can be reached at 985-652-6587.