Halloween activities planned throughout October at Troutman Library
BY DEBBIE PAGE
October brings Halloween-themed activities for all ages to the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library. In addition, veterans can get career and job search help from the NC Works program at two sessions this month.
The community is also invited to the Troutman Friends of the Library Reception on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate National Friends of the Library Week. This social will feature snacks and beverages, and fundraising T-shirts will be for sale.
The Themes & Treats Book Club will discuss Banned Books on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in joining in should find a book off the official Banned Books list and break the rules by reading it.
Members will share their thoughts on the book, including why they think it was banned and whether or not they agree with the ban. Sweet treats and coffee will also be served.
The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will make No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts on Monday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will learn fun and creative ways to decorate ordinary pumpkins without the mess of pumpkin seeds and slime.
Participants should bring their your own pumpkin (fake or real) to this event. Registration is required since spaces are limited.
KIDS AND TEENS
The October 16 Maker Monday will feature Tin Can Ghost Windsocks. Join in the fun at 4 p.m. to create a unique Halloween craft made from tin cans. Registration is required to plan for necessary supplies.
On Tuesday, October 24, at 4 p.m., youngsters can become Market Munchkins at the Troutman Farmer’s Market at the ESC Park pavilion. At this last Farmer’s Market kids’ event of the year, kids will hear a story about art and then meet local craft vendors. They will also make a craft of their own to take home.
The Teen Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 26, at 4 p.m. to talk about this month’s book "Divergent" by Veronica Roth. After the discussion, the group will watch the movie and enjoy some pizza.
Patrons Tristin and Steve Berner will share their love of chess with community members on Friday, October 6. This first Friday monthly class is designed for all ages and experience levels. Space is limited with the chess boards available, so signing up at the front desk is required unless participants can bring their own boards and pieces.
The Halloween Party and Costume Contest will close out the holiday celebration on Monday, October 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Special guest Sylvia Payne will present her program “Story Traditions,” which features ghost stories and legends from the Carolinas.
This part of the program is geared for mid- to upper-elementary aged children. Some story material might not be suitable for the younger children. Child attendance is up to parental discretion.
However, the Trick-or-Treat bag craft, costume contest, and s’mores activities are suitable for all ages. Prizes will be awarded to best costume in kids, teen, and adult categories. This program is sponsored by the Town of Troutman.
The NC Works Career Information Session for Military Veterans will be Thursday, October 5, and Thursday, October 19, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The NC Works program helps veterans and their family members find jobs in their local area.
The group also specializes in assessing job skills, planning career opportunities, and preparing job seekers for interviews.
For more information or to reserve a spot for programs requiring pre-registration, call (704) 528-2682 or stop by the front desk at the Troutman Library at 215 W. Church Street.