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Lifka: Halloween is right around the corner

Community Voice

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 1:46 p.m. CDT
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Robert Lifka is the director of the North Riverside Public Library.

Halloween is just around the corner and your local public library is the place to be.

The Brookfield, McCook, North Riverside and Riverside libraries are great places to find ideas for do-it-yourself Halloween costumes and decorations. Together, all four libraries have dozens of books on creating your own costume, whether you are a handy seamstress or just want to use duct tape. DIY costume ideas for adults and children alike can be found in the books at the library. Books on Halloween origami and Halloween recipes also are available.

The libraries also are offering many Halloween-related programs from Halloween-themed story hours, to entertainer Dave Rudolph and a Halloween art extravaganza in Brookfield. Other events include Halloween LEGO days and a costume parade in Riverside, and a Halloween movie for adults and magician Kevin Kelly for children in North Riverside.

The public library also is a great place to find Halloween movies and Halloween music on compact disks.

In addition, the Brookfield, McCook, North Riverside and Riverside libraries have hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books about Halloween for children and adults. Fiction books range from funny to scary and nonfiction books cover Halloween customs and true tales of the supernatural.

Your public library also is a great place for football fans. From cookbooks offering tips for tailgating parties and grilling recipes, to books and movies on the game itself and those who played it are at the library. Books include fiction and non-fiction and cover high school players, the college gridiron and the professionals.

Also happening this month is Teen Read Week, a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Teen Read Week is being celebrated Oct. 13 through 19 this year, with the theme of Seek the Unknown @ your library.  Brookfield will celebrate Teen Read Week with a bookmark contest and North Riverside will conduct a raffle.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

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