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Get Your Spooky On - At the Library!

Posted over 2 years ago by Heather H

Posted in Children and Parenting, Movies and Music and Teen and Pre-Teens

At the Library, we LOVE spooky stories and scary tales, and what better time of the year to celebrate than in the autumn, as Halloween approaches. Authors like Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Edgar Allan Poe rose to fame with their imaginative, suspenseful, and creepy tales, as did movie writers and directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter.

Programs for Kids:

Story Writing Contest (Grades 4 – 12)
This season, we’re looking for the next great spooky storyteller! Children in grades 4 – 12 are invited to partake in our “Get Your Spooky On” story writing contest. Stories can be turned in or mailed to the Locke, Birmingham or Oregon Branch Libraries now through October 13. Winning stories will be PUBLISHED in The Press newspaper!

Get Your Spooky On Part 1
When Miss Mary reads a spooky story it will tickle your funny bone or send a chill racing up your spine. Join her for stories, fun, games and a snack. Learn how you can enter our spooky short story contest.

September 12 – Locke Branch, 4 p.m.
September 14 – Birmingham Branch, 4 p.m. and Oregon Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Ghost Talk with Toledo Ghost Hunter Society
Ghost hunt with the pros! Meet Harold St. John from the Toledo Ohio Ghost Hunters Society and learn about the many tools he uses to find spirits, different types of hauntings, and how to investigate the paranormal safely.

September 20 – Locke Branch, 4 p.m.
September 21 – Oregon Branch, 6:30 p.m.
October 11 – Birmingham, 4 p.m.

Creepy Tales with Condessa
Famous Storyteller Condessa Croninger will entertain you with creepy tales and share with you tips that will improve your own storytelling. Fun and snacks provided!
September 26 – Locke Branch, 4 p.m.

Get Your Spooky On Part 2
D.I.Y. ghost hunting is easier than you think!  Join us as we explore the Library, seeking signs of ghost activity. Caution: only the bravest should attend!

September 28 – Birmingham Branch, 4 p.m.
October 3 – Locke Branch, 4 p.m.
October 4 – Oregon Branch, 4 p.m.

Spooky Snacks    
Writing spooky stories can be hard work. Take a refreshing break by making some spooky and scrumptious snacks, guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.

October 5 – Oregon Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Spooky Zumba
Join us for dancing and games with Elaina Hernandez while she plays spooky and fun music! Have fun while getting your exercise.

October 7 – Birmingham Branch, 4 p.m.
October 11 – Locke Branch, 4 p.m.

Spooky Café Night
Still struggling to finish your spooky story on deadline? Stop by our spooky story cafe and share your work in progress. Get refreshing feedback from fellow writers as well as some tasty refreshments to help you get your spooky on.

October 12 – Oregon Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Movies for Adults:

After your kids have gotten their spooky on, it’s time for some scary movies for adults. Check out this list of recommendations which can be streamed online through hoopla Digital!

American MaryAmerican Mary
Rated R

Written and directed by the famed Soska Sisters, American Mary follows the story of a medical student who gets drawn into the world of body modification and underground surgeries. A New York Times review said that it, "combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism!” It’s a creative take on the horror movie genre!
Children of the CornChildren of the Corn
Rated R

A list of spooky movies wouldn’t be complete without at least one film based on a Stephen King novel, or in this case, a short story. After watching this longtime horror classic, you’ll think twice about heading into the local cornfields!
Killer LegendsKiller Legends
Not Rated

Through a chilling blend of investigative journalism, and what folklorists call legendtripping, documentarians Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills embark on a journey as they investigate four of the most terrifying urban legends and the real-life crimes that may have inspired them.
The People Under the StairsThe People Under the Stairs
Rated R

A 90’s cult classic by legendary horror film director Wes Craven! Trapped inside a fortified home, a young boy quickly learns the true nature of the house's homicidal inhabitants and the secrets hidden deep within the house. Stunning visuals highlight this inventive film that the San Francisco Chronicle calls, "Wes Craven's most satisfying movie."
Stonehearst AsylumStonehearst Asylum
Rated PG-13

Starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, and Kate Beckinsale, Stonehearst Asylum is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” It follows an Oxford graduate who takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

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