The season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead TV show isn’t the only frightening thing happening in October. Let the library add a little spooky fun to your month. We have everything from author visits, ghost hunting lectures, movie marathons and more. Check out the clickable list below, or visit our full online calendar.
- Richard Crawford: Historical Ghost Tales Discussion, Oct. 1
- Classic Monster Movie Scarathon, Oct. 12
- Bigfoot in Ohio Discussion, Oct. 12
- Pumpkin Painting, Oct. 19
- Amelia Fall Festival, Oct. 22
- Lizzie Borden: The Eternal Fascination, Oct. 26
- Haunted Gingerbread House Creation, Oct. 26
- Monster Mash, Oct. 26
- Ghosthunting Ohio, Oct. 28
- Haunted History of Clermont County, Oct. 28
- Slightly Scary Stories, Oct. 29
- A Not So Scary Halloween Family Time, Oct. 29
Clermont County Public Library is packing everything cool about books, movies, TV and pop culture under one roof for an upcoming free, after-hours event. The 2013 Librari-Con is expected to be a hit with teens and young adults. Inspired by the famous Comic-Cons and Mini-Cons across the country, it will bring enthusiasts together in a conference-style event at the library.
The Librari-Con will feature live performances by the Muses of Mayhem dance troupe, the Mayan Ruins tribal collective and Aloysius Fox of the Pandora Society’s Steampunk Symposium. There will also be hands-on demonstrations, workshops, contests and more.
“We’ve never done anything like this before and it should be really exciting,” said Adam Baker, Clermont County Public Library Communications Manager. “It’s a perfect one-stop-shop for fans. They can come for one of the scheduled performances, or just show up during the event and check out everything going on.”
Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from books, graphic novels, movies or TV. However, no weapons or weapon replicas are allowed. There will be a costume contest with several categories and prizes.
The Librari-Con is 6:00-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Clermont County Public Library’s Union Township Branch located at 4450 Glen Este-Withamsville Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45245.
For more information, call the branch at 513-528-1744.
Thousands of children and teenagers across the area are discovering a passion for reading and learning this summer thanks to Clermont County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.
“The library has unlocked a passion in my child that is truly priceless and for that, I am so grateful,” said Union Township Branch Patron Tracey Herzner St. John. “My daughter honestly waits by the door for me to get home to see if it’s library day.”
St. John’s six-year-old daughter, Isabella, is an active participant in the library’s Summer Reading Program. She and her mom use the library’s online program to track all of Isabella’s reading activities throughout the summer.
“I’ve seen her confidence grow and she now will sit for hours and read to herself, rather than always asking me to read it for her,” St. John said. “She has always preferred math over reading until recently. It’s all thanks to our Clermont County Public Library!”
Isabella and other participants in the program earn prizes from the library as they reach certain goals. St. John said the prizes really add to the excitement for her daughter.
“When she found out she had a chance to win a messenger bag, she was all aboard the reading train,” she said. “I originally thought the chance for a Kindle Fire would be the motivator, but she’s really proud of her messenger bag. We now carry it everywhere we go filled with books. We look forward to all the many fun things she can get her hands on when we stop in to our local branch.”
St. John said she encourages families everywhere to get started and sign up today for the program. Her daughter has been spreading the word as well.
“She’s been telling other children about it when we go to the park so she’s already a walking advertisement,” she said. “If her excitement for reading can become contagious, we’re all for it!”
The free program is for ages 0-18 and is offered exclusively online. It ends July 20. Register here.
It’s the season where you read about pumpkins, scarecrows and leaves. One of my favorite titles. I found that I love along with my nephews, revolves around bats. I know, yikes! Bats–Too scary! Not this one. It isn’t a Halloween book, it is just a wonderfully entertaining children’s story written and illustrated by Brian Lies called, Bats at the Library. These adorable characters discover an open window at the library and find a whole new world filled with books for everyone’s reading taste. The illustrations are kid-friendly and the story just might inspire your own little ones to explore their library!
On days as stunning and rare in their timing as these, the sun acts like a magnet, pulling us out into its magnificent warmth. Although there have been a few warm days already, today feels like the first for an eager spring, violently shoving away our meager winter for an early start.
Unfortunately, the magnet isn’t strong enough to break the bond of employment. I’m stuck inside like most, leaning closer and closer to the single ray of light lounging carelessly across the entry wall, hoping for a drop to maybe stick on my translucent skin-a sweet kiss from the fun aunt, sunshine.
Thankfully, this building, the library, holds a piece of the gorgeous day inside. Books are a wonderful place to find 2D replications of those things you can’t grasp just yet (a European vacation, a butterfly garden, or maybe…that elusive tan?), and for the next 4 hours, what I can’t grasp I’ll find in “The Butterfly Gardener’s Guide” edited by Claire Hagen Dole.
Here’s a list of books to satiate your need for spring if, like me, you’re in for the day, or even if you aren’t. Maybe the more support we show, the quicker she’ll come, poking through the ground with zeal.
“Baby Loves Spring” by Karen Katz
“Ready for Spring” by Marthe Jocelyn
“Spring Colors” by Brian Enslow
“Spring Surprises” by Anna Jane Hays
“Spring Is Here!” by Alison Inches
“I See Spring” by Chrles Ghigna
“And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano
“How Mama Brought the Spring” by Fran Manushkin
“Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: a book of changing seasons” by II Sung Na
Young Adult Novels:
“Spring Break: a Summer Novel” by Katherine Applegate
“Spring Fling” by Sabrina James
“When Comes the Spring” by Janette Oke
“A Promise for Spring” by Kim Vogel Sawyer
“Winter Turns to Spring” by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman
“Cherry Blossoms Say Spring” by National Geographic
“Spring” by Vic Parker
“Everything Spring” by Jill Esbaum
“Explore Spring!: 25 Great Ways to Learn About Spring” by Maxine Anderson
“What Happens in Spring” by Sara L. Latta
“Taylor’s Guide to Bulbs: How to Select and Grow 480 Species of Spring and Summer Bulbs” by Barbara W. Ellis
“Jump Into Spring”
“Here Comes Spring!”
“Martha’s Spring Gardening”
“Rebecca’s Garden: Spring Gardening”