Multiple fun, free Halloween activities planned at your library


    By Carole Howard 

    PREVIEW Columnist, and the library staff

    We have four fun, free Halloween-related activities for all ages between now and Halloween:

    • Our new storywalk for kids Oct. 25-Nov. 6 features a silly “Creepy Carrots” book about some strange situations. The text is available in English and Spanish. Watch for signs outside the library that follow the sidewalk up toward the elementary school. After you finish the walk, pick up materials for a craft or activity at the library. 

    • At the in-person adult DIY on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m., we will supply the materials for you to create a spiderweb wreath to display in your home or office. Find more DIY videos on your library’s website at:

    • Fourth- through 12th-graders are invited to a mask-making event on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 5 p.m., just in time for Halloween.

    • Our in-person annual pumpkin-decorating contest and Halloween party takes place on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or decorated. One entry per person. Completed pumpkins can be turned in Thursday, Oct. 28, or Friday, Oct. 29, before 3 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Friday. Age categories for awards: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. Hang out at the library and complete some creepy, crawly crafts while you wait to hear who won. We’ll have a limited number of pumpkins to give out the week before. Limit one pumpkin per family.

    Library activities

    Most of our programs are happening in person. Also, our hours have returned to pre-COVID levels — and even more on weekdays:

    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Saturdays, the library is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

     For those uncomfortable coming into the building, curbside service continues. Phone (970) 264-2209 when you are in the parking lot so staff can bring the items out for you. If you put a hold on something, please wait for your usual alert (email, phone call or text) before coming to pick it up. 

    Share your story
    about racism

    Have you experienced racism? A group called Working for Racial Equality invites you to tell your story about racism, discrimination or privilege. Submissions may remain anonymous. You also are invited to review their display at the library through the end of October. To find out more about this project and how you can participate, contact Working for Racial Equality at or visit its website at to submit your story electronically. You also have the option of submitting your story on paper at your library through Oct. 30.

    Spanish conversation

    Today, Thursday, Oct. 21 (note the new date), from 4 to 5 p.m. we will gather in person at the library to practice speaking and listening skills together. There is no minimum skill level required to attend. As an alternative, you can learn Spanish and many other languages using the Transparent Language Learning database available at:

    In-person gaming

    Enjoy free all-ages video gaming on the Xbox 360 Kinect on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. 

    LEGO Club on Saturday

    Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to bring your imaginations — LEGOs are provided — on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon for the free LEGO Club. LEGO challenges also are posted on Facebook.

    Writing challenge 

    A new all-ages writing challenge was posted Oct. 18 on the library’s Facebook page. We hope you will challenge your creativity by participating in this free all-ages activity.

    Special Spanish
    family storytime 

    Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., join us in the library garden for free in-person children’s stories, games and plenty of reasons to get up and move. Wednesday, Oct. 27, is Hora de Cuentos, when you can come to practice your Spanish with Josie as she shares some of her favorite Spanish books. 

    Saturday’s Discovery Times continue on Facebook at 2:30 p.m. with games, art ideas, science experiments, history and more. 

    Dungeons and Dragons 

    Join us Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for our ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game free for teens and young adults on Google Meet. Contact to learn how to join. If you don’t have Internet access, contact us anyway — we may be able to accommodate you in the library. 

    Tech Time 

    Free in-person slots are available from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Brad will help you resolve issues with your computer, smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices. 


    Free in-person evening classes take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and advanced students from 6 to 8 p.m. Please help us spread the word about these classes to others in our community who would be interested. 

    Las clases gratuitas se llevan a cabo en persona los martes y jueves de 4-8 p.m. Los estudiantes principiantes e intermedios deben asistir de 4-6 p.m. y los estudiantes avanzados de 6-8 p.m. Por favor, ayúdanos a correr la voz sobre estas clases a otros en nuestra comunidad que tienen interés.

    Spanish books

    “Largo Petalo de Mar” (“A Long Petal of the Sea”) by Isabel Allende is historical fiction featuring refugees fleeing Spain’s civil war in the late 1930s. “Quedate Conmigo” (“Stay with Me”) by Lorena Franco is the fourth edition of an intimate love story written in the first person. “Asesinato a la Luz de la Luna” (“Murder by Moonlight”) by Diana Rubino is a collection of short stories.


    “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House” by Stephanie Grisham is an insider’s look at the Trump presidency by a woman who served both the president and Melania Trump in senior communications positions. “The Cause” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis is a new look at the causes and people involved in America’s founding, the third book in the author’s historical trilogy. “Beat Bobby Flay” puts your cooking skills to the test as you compete with Bobby and his competitors with more than 100 recipes from the hit Food Network TV show. 

    Mysteries, suspense
    and thrillers

    “The Vanished Series” by B.B. Griffith contains books one through three in this paranormal suspense series. 

    Books on CD

    “Bloodless” by Preston and Child is an FBI agent Pendergast mystery set in Savannah.

    Large print

    “Another Kind of Eden” by James Lee Burke is a western romance. “The Madness of Crowds” by Louise Penny is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery. “Forgotten in Death” by J.D. Robb is an Eve Dallas mystery. “Apples Never Fall” by Liane Moriarty is a mystery that begins when a stranger knocks on the door of a long-married couple. “Hemlock” by Susan Wittig Albert is a China Bayles mystery. “The Paradise Affair” by Bill Pronzini is a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery. “The Night She Disappeared” by Lisa Jewell features a missing couple and a mysterious note. “Whiplash” by Janet Daily is book two of the Champions romance series.

    Downloadable e-books and audiobooks 

    We have a wide variety of downloadable e-books and audio books for all ages — children, tweens, teens and adults — in cloudLibrary. The items in cloudLibrary are purchased separately from physical items, so the books available are different — and it continues to use the consortium’s contributions as well as those that we bought. Select AspenCat Union Catalog when setting up cloudLibrary for use. Email or phone us at (970) 264-2209 if you need our help setting up this service on your device. 


    Many thanks to our anonymous donors for their materials donations. 

    Please put your materials donations into the drop box at the library — not at City Market, which is reserved for returns. 

    Quotable quote

    “If you don’t hope that your actions can make a difference, then you sink into apathy. If young people succumb to the doom and gloom — if they lose hope — that’s the end.” — Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist, famous for her studies of wild chimpanzees in Africa, speaking of the importance of environmentalists’ activism relating to climate change. 


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