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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Join us for a frightfully fun October at the library!

Halloween at the Library
October means cooler temperatures, changing leaves and Halloween. Shreve Memorial Library’s 21 branches are planning a frightfully fun October with a variety of programs and events all month long. Be sure to visit the library for scary movies, ghost stories, creepy crafts and family fun.

Scary Movie Matinees

Each October, movie theaters are flooded with new releases in suspense and horror films. At the library, patrons can enjoy a Halloween movie classic, some old and some new, absolutely free throughout the month of October. Popcorn will be provided.

Each Tuesday in October, our Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch will host Teen Movie Day screenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program designed for teens and tweens ages 11 to 17 will feature a different movie each Tuesday including The Nightmare Before Christmas, I, Frankenstein, Rings, and Boo! A Madea Halloween. In addition, the branch will also hold family movie screenings on Tuesday, October 17 featuring Goosebumps: The Movie and Wednesday, October 18 featuring Hocus Pocus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Our Main Branch will deliver thrills with New Release Friday featuring a “Dare to Be Scared” movie marathon on Tuesday, October 17 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring The Skeleton Key, The Ring, and The Sixth Sense.

On Saturday, October 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., our Broadmoor Branch invites patrons to have a not-so-spooky good time at an after-hours event with a viewing of the horror movie classic, The House on Haunted Hill. Commentary provided by the Rifftrax crew of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, makes the classic a hilarious exploration in old school horror movie goodness. The event will also include vintage short films  Paper and I and Magical Disappearing Money.

Hauntingly Good Stories

From ghosts and goblins, monsters and witches, no Halloween is complete without a good ghost story. Throughout the month of October, our branches will transform storytimes and programs into a hauntingly good time with silly and spine-chilling stories.

Our Wallette Branch will host “Monsters, Beware!” storytimes for preschoolers Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19 sharing a few not-so-scary stories about monsters. On Tuesday, October 24 through Thursday, October 26, the branch will hold Halloween storytimes filled with fun and silly Halloween stories. All storytimes are held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Our Means Branch will also host a Halloween storytime on Tuesday, October 31 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children are invited to visit the branch and listen to a fun Halloween story and make a craft to take home.

On Halloween, October 31, families are invited to spend Halloween with the North Shreveport Branch. The branch will host a special Halloween storytime from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Adults interested in a true life bewitching tale are encouraged to attend “Weird Sisters: A Short History of Witches” at the Broadmoor Branch on Monday, October 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Witches are as much a part of Halloween lore as are jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. This program will explore the history of witches, where the legends originated, and whether witches really exist. The intellectual discussion will provide both chills and thrills. Due to the topics discussed, the program is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children.

Creepy Crafts

Halloween just isn’t Halloween without the proper décor. We encourage patrons to get crafty at several programs throughout the month. Patrons will have the opportunity to make everything from monster masks, milk jug ghosts, painted pumpkins, and their own Frankenstein’s monster.

Patrons of our North Shreveport Branch will have the opportunity to make monster masks just in time for Halloween at the Children’s Come and Go program on Saturday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at the branch’s Family Night on Monday, October 30 from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Patrons in Gilliam are encouraged to participate in the Halloween ghost jug display on Monday, October 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at our Gilliam Branch. Patrons in Rodessa can visit our Rodessa Branch on Wednesday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and paint a pumpkin. The branch will have small pumpkins available or patrons can bring their own. In Hosston, patrons can drop in any time from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, for Frankenstein Friday and create their own Frankenstein craft.

Family Fun

Trick-or-treating is by far the most exciting part of all Halloween activities. We will offer a variety of safe, trick-or-treating experiences for patrons and their families.

Our Hamilton/South Caddo Branch will hold a Family Halloween Fall Fest on Thursday. October 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a variety of fall activities for children including a special Halloween treat with funny, scary stories told by Master Storyteller, Thelma Harrison. Patrons are encouraged to come dressed in costume.

Our Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch will hold several family fun events leading up to Halloween. On Thursday, October 26, teens are invited to join a team and compete in Minute to Win It: Halloween Edition from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, October 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the branch will host its 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring trick-or-treating, crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts, games for all ages and a visit from the Mobile Library. Bingo players will have a chance to test their luck at Halloween Bingo on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. where the prize will be Halloween candy.

In Hosston, patrons are encouraged to dress in costume and celebrate Halloween a day early on Monday, October 30. The branch will be celebrating Halloween from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with trick-or-treating fun.

On Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, trick-or-treaters are invited to visit our Wallette and Main branches for an evening of fun. Wallette Branch will hold their annual Halloween Bash, featuring a variety of games and activities such as glow bowling, bean bag toss, and face painting, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

At our Main Branch, patrons will be allowed to trick-or-treat throughout all three floors of the library. The branch will show a screening of Hocus Pocus at 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Costumes are welcome, but not required. The Halloween Family Fun event will conclude at 7 p.m.
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