SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY

OCTOBER 2015

Hello WISD Library Staff!

Fall is finally here and we hope school has gotten off to a good start. If you need any help with books for fall themes, please stop by and let us give you a hand! Now that October is here - it's time to start thinking all things autumn - the State Fair, apples, pumpkin pie, and - of course - Halloween! But first we wanted to give you a brief rundown of our Summer Reading Club numbers and an overview of our upcoming programs and events.
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SENSORY STORYTIME

For elementary school aged kids with sensory integration challenges. Our next Sensory Storytime is Saturday, October 31st. The theme is, of course, Halloween!

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read and resistance to censorship. While books have been and continue to be challenged and banned, there is reason for celebration. Thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read, most of these books have remained available. On October 3rd, we hosted an author panel with Julie Murphy, Rachel Caine, Karen Harrington and Jenny Martin. The authors discussed banned books, their own new books, and their writing process. The discussion was funny, poignant, and information. It was followed by a meet and greet with an opportunity to have books signed. We were thrilled to see many of our teens in the audience. Can't wait for next year!
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SEE YOU AT BOO ON BALLARD!

The Friends of the Library will once again be sponsoring a costume contest at Boo on Ballard; held at the Bart Peddicord Center. The $5 tickets go on sale at 6:00 pm, October 29th. Tickets can be purchased at a table near Shoemaker and Hardt, plus at the Peddicord Center. All proceeds benefit the library. The money is used to purchase children's books for the Library.

The contest is for all ages, plus a special pet category.

The different age groups are birth to two, ages 3 to 5; ages 6 to 12; ages 13 to 17; and 18 and up. Costume award categories include original, funniest, scariest, and cutest.

Prizes are awarded for each category in each age group. Judging begins at 6:30 p.m.

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