Pumpkin Art Contest

Pumpkin Art Contest

WHO:  Teens 13-19
WHEN: October 15-October 29
WHAT: Juried art show

If you are a teen and want to share your artistic talents, decorate a pumpkin in a non-invasive way (no carving, please) and bring it to the library.  We will put it on display and the library staff will choose a winner to be announced at our Halloween Party on Friday, October 29th.

Looking for inspiration?  Try the ideas in this Good Housekeeping article.

We’re batty for bats!

This week, our storytime focused on bats.   Did you know that many bats eat insects, including mosquitoes, up to 1200 per hour?  And many more are pollinators, helping grow many crops.  So, in their honor, we would like to share a couple of yummy recipes brought to you by bats.  You can download these and more in this recipe book from Batweek.org.

Bat trail mix

  • 1 1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (cherries, banana chips, cranberries, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup yummy chocolate (chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. immediately or store in a plastic sealing bag or mason jar.  (Will keep for 2-3 weeks.)

Fruit Bat Loves Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup papaya pieces
  • 1/2 cup mango pieces
  • 1/2  banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • juice of one large orange
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  1. If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve.

Next week’s storytime theme is shapes with guest star Ms. Lois.  The week after will be apples.  If you have a pre-schooler and can make it Friday at 10:30, drop in and share some learning fun.

Book Donations Wanted

Do you have books that you’re looking to get rid of?  As long as they are in good condition and are not reference materials, consider donating them to us!  The books that don’t get added to our shelves may be sold at our book sale in February.  The funds from the sale will go towards programming for people of all ages.  Did I mention that your donation is tax-deductible?  To donate, simply bring in the books during our normal library hours.  (No after-hours drop offs, please)

Book Group

The book group for grown-ups is back! Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 pm at the library. We will be reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. If you would like to order a copy, you can give us a call or request online. Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming Events

WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER

Facebook Giveaway:

For adults, we will be giving away a book every month.  All you have to do is comment on our question of the month and you’ll be entered into the drawing.

Our prize this month is Ocean Prey by John Sandford.  This 2021 novel mixes the long-running Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series.  When three members of the Coast Guard are murdered, it will take all the skills of these two investigators to find justice.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Pre-school Storytime: Friday at 10:30

Beginning September 10th, storytimes will be held in the large meeting room.  They are a great opportunity for pre-readers to enjoy a story or two, share songs or finger plays, do cool crafts and develop those pre-literacy skills.  Not to mention a place for parents to relax and meet.

Book Chats

We’re back online recommending books for all ages and interests.  We will post a new video to our Facebook and YouTube pages the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  If you have a few related books to recommend, we welcome guest stars!

Book Group

It’s time to get the gang back together!  We are currently selecting a day and time for our book group for grown-ups, so if you’re interested, please let us know when would work for you.  We pick our next book as a group and tend to read widely, so get ready for a fun adventure.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MEA drop-in crafts coming October 21-22

Halloween party coming October 29, 4-6 pm

A mad scientist lab, games, crafts, treats and more.  Fun for the whole family!

Food for Fines coming October 29-November 6

Donate any unexpired food item(s) to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card.

Book sale coming in February, 2022

We are accepting donations of good-quality recent books now.  We need volunteers to plan, sort and to assist on the sale day.  If you can do any of these, please talk to us.

Escape room coming this fall

Teens and adults will need to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy!

 

 

Drop-in craft #3

Puppets that move are always so much fun!  This week’s craft uses clothespins to create a puppetwith a moving mouth for either a unicorn or a dragon.   Just color, cut, and glue, and soon you’ll have your very own.  All supplies are provided.