Friday, October 27, 2017

This Month We Have Boos and Books

Celebrate Halloween with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and you'll get plenty of tricks, treats and so much more! 

Each year, the Library System gets into the spooky spirit with programs, crafts and even trick or treating for our patrons.  This year is no different.  With dozens of events happening throughout our 34 libraries, one of these is bound to inspire.  

Don't forget to share your photos from all of our events with us on social media.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag us in your photos, using #afpls #boosandbooks 

Here is a list of some of the great things happening this weekend, through Tuesday, October 31.  

Did you know that October is Bat Appreciation Month? So, come out and learn about bats, see live bats, hear a great story, trick or treat and much more on Halloween at East Roswell Library! It’s going to be bat-tastic!

Central Library, Children's Department
Bootastic Storytime 
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.  
The Children’s Dept. is ready for thrills and chills with this dancing skeleton craft and a very spooky storytime.  Bring the family down for some fun in the morning, before hitting the streets for Halloween night.

Boo at the Library
Monday, October 30, 2017 2 6:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Avenue Branch is hosting their second annual Boo at the Library.  A safe family gathering where simple treats, movies, costume contest, storytelling, games and more.

Storytime with Mama Koku
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m.
Mama Koku will celebrate the Halloween holiday with stories, drama and pumpkin activities. 
Families, Child Care services, and caregivers are all invited.

East Atlanta Library
Halloween Tiny Tots Storytime 
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
East Atlanta Branch Library, 400 Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E., Atlanta, GA
For more information, e-mail

MLK Library
Not So -Spooky Storytime!
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Come and listen to stories and participate in crafts about trick or treat . Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell would be among the stories read. Registration required
For more information, e-mail or call 404-730-1185.

The staff of the Ponce Library recommends this classic read for October and in honor of Halloween.

Book of the Month: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Trick-or-treaters join the creepy and fantastic Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud as they follow their friend Pipkin through time and space, learning the origins of Halloween and how death, ghosts, and spirits play a role in shaping culture and civilization. In honor of The Halloween Tree patrons have drawn self-portraits on pumpkin cutouts for our pumpkin patch on the window. We love when our patrons join in the decorating fun with us!
Patron Self-Portrait Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Displays by Library Staff

"Unearth buried and forgotten books"
Anne Vagts, Branch Manager
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis
"Fall into a Spooky Book"
Haley Sheehy
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis

Gladys S. Denard Library @ South Fulton
Spooktacular Game Night
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
We’re celebrating Halloween and International Games Day at once. Join us for a Spooktacular Game Night. Wear your favorite costume for the costume contest and play fun board and electronic games. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcomed.

Assistant Manager, Liane Wagner

My favorite is Spooky spooky spooky by Cathy MacLennan. This is a great book for preschool and younger— there is rhyming and a repetitive phrase throughout the book (you guessed it: “spooky spooky spooky”). Little ones love to help read this cute and spooky picture book! 

Northwest Library @ Scott’sCrossing
Northwest Library Library Mascot, Ted got in on the Halloween fun this week when he dressedup as a crossing guard.  Meanwhile, the Furry Four got into character as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Who says librarians aren't any fun?

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
Branch Manager, Ginny Collier, shares her pick for Halloween frights.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
There are scary books whose horror comes from ghosts and the undead, which are much too scary for me. And there are scary books where the chills come from secrets and psychological suspense. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the latter. 

Youth Services Librarian, Annette Jenkins shared a list of her favorite Fall/Halloween themed books for children.  Check out one of these great titles for your little one this weekend and get in the holiday spirit! 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This book is a action repetitive story where children can help tell the story and participate in the repetive action. This story is GREAT for large and small groups.  Good for older and younger children ages 2-10.

The Big Pumpkin by Eric Silverman
The text is rhymic and repetitive making this an especially great read for storytime and or read alouds. You can make this story into a puppet show for kids. This story also have some lessons that can be learned such as helping one another, sharing and no matter what size  you are, everyone has something to offer.

Click Clack Boo!A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
This story is a barnyard tale about Farmer Brown who does not love halloween. He hides under his bed scared of the halloween spooks. The farm animals wear different scary costumes and the light-hearted illustrations make the story fun and whimsical. Great for a bedtime storytime.

Go Away! Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Ed Emberly’s story is fun and action pack, as kids turn the pages of this book and watch the Big Green Monster grow and grow and grow. Illustrations are large and colorful, which makes this a very exciting read aloud for everyone.

Spooky Stories for Download

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