Alachua County Library District provides fun fall and Halloween programs and activities for families, children and teens at libraries across the county. Imaginative, educational programs engage all ages in seasonal crafts, stories and songs, spooky games, movies and special treats. Here are some of the programs available at your neighborhood libraries:
Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua (386) 462-2592
Sewing for Kids: Children ages 5 to 11 can learn the basics of hand sewing while creating a fun felt mask for Halloween on Saturday, October 20, 1 to 3 p.m. Materials supplied.
Halloween Children’s Craft: Ages 5 to 11 can make Halloween crafts all day from Sunday, Oct. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Supplies furnished.
Teen Halloween Party: Celebrate with games, crafts and fun on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Road 45, Archer (352) 495-3367
Halloween Spooktacular: Ages 5 to 11 can make spooktacular crafts on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cone Park Branch, 2801 E University Avenue (352) 334-0165
Fall Festival: All ages are invited to celebrate fall with fun games, activities, crafts and information from community partners on Friday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Hawthorne Branch, 6640 SE 221 Street, Hawthorne (352) 481-1920
Spooktacular Fun Party: Kids ages 5 to 11 can discover their spooky name, enjoy some howling fun games and create a creepy spider web on Tuesday, October 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Headquarters Library, 401 E University Avenue, (352) 334-3941
Haunted Cardboard Castle Construction: Ages 1 to 18 can build a castle, fort or whatever they can imagine with cardboard and simple tools on Friday, Oct. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. and/or Saturday, Oct. 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos - Kids Craft: Ages 3 to 11 can make a craft and take it home, all day from Monday, Oct. 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Supplies furnished.
Not-So-Scary Storytime: Ages 3 to 11 can enjoy stories that will send a shiver down their spine and fun stories for the whole family on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Halloween Poems and Crafts: Ages 3 to 11 can Listen to some not very scary Halloween poems and make fun crafts on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Horror Movie Marathon: Older teens and adults can watch four horror movies (rated PG-13) throughout the day in Meeting Room B on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
High Springs Branch, 135 NW 1 Avenue, High Springs (386) 454-2515
Owls of North Florida – spooky cries in the night: All ages can see the birds behind the spooky night-time howls on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 to 6 p.m.
Micanopy Branch, 706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy (352) 466-3122
Fall Festival: Micanopy Branch will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 28, for the Micanopy Fall Festival. The Fall Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, in Micanopy and offers something for all ages.
Breakout Room: Ages 5 to 11 can participate in Halloween Breakout Room on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Newberry Branch, 110 S Seaboard Drive, Newberry (352) 472-1135
Baddie Bash Halloween Party: Villains of all ages can come out and play with Newberry’s favorite scoundrels and try Baddie Bingo, Deatheater and Storm Trooper mask crafts, bat crafts and show off Halloween costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tower Road Branch, 3020 SW 75 Street, (352) 333-2840
Scary Movie Marathon: Teens and adults can watch scary movies from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.
Haunted Breakout Room: Teens can register to try escaping from this haunted mansion breakout room before time runs out on Friday, Oct. 19, 1 to 1:30 p.m., 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. or 2:30 to 3 p.m. Registration is open to the first 18 teens who register.
Trick or Treat in costume: All ages can participate in do-it-yourself crafts and enjoy non-food related treats on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Teen Halloween Zombie Makeup Tutorial and Party: Teens (only) can learn how to zombify themselves and partake in zombie themed activities while waiting for their turn at the makeup tables on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Waldo Branch, 14257 Cole Street, Waldo, (352) 468-3298
Face Painting with Karen Starbuck: All ages can have a Karen Starbuck unique design painted on their faces and wear their costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4: to 5 p.m.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).