Say farewell to triple-digit temperatures and air conditioning — autumn is here. All the librarians at Hays Public Library are excited for the new season, and our programming schedule reflects that excitement. This month, the library is showcasing a variety of autumnal programs for kids, teens and adults.
First, in the theme of Halloween and spooks, the adult department is hosting a Day of the Dead makeup tutorial at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Adult department staff member and professional makeup artist Courtney Haffner will demonstrate how to do the perfect Day of the Dead skull makeup look. Then, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, the library is hosting a scary movie night for adults 18 and older. The program will include a costume contest and the iconic film “Friday the 13th.”
Later in the month, the adult department is featuring two more fall-themed events. At 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the monthly Crafternoon program, the craft will be autumn yarn wreaths. This program is free to attend for adults 18 and older, but supplies are limited, so be sure to claim your materials early. A few days later, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, the library’s own Lori Gottschalk is hosting a baking class featuring caramel apple crisp. Gottschalk's treats are delectable and free samples will be provided, so don’t miss the class.
’Tis the season for pumpkins, and that means pumpkin programming. At 10 a.m. Oct. 23 and 6 p.m. Oct. 24, the children’s department is hosting the ever-popular “Story Time at the Pumpkin Patch.” This seasonal story time is in the pumpkin patch at the KSU Ag Research Center south of Hays. Children of all ages can attend. We’ll be harvesting the pumpkins for another program at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 — pumpkin decorating. Elementary age students will be able to paint, bedazzle and otherwise fancy-up pumpkins to take home and display.
Make the library part of your Halloween tradition. From 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31, the library is hosting an all-ages Halloween bash. There will be a story walk with treats and activities for children, a mad scientist lab for teens and a chili supper with cinnamon rolls for all ages. The event is perfect for small children who need to be home early and older kids and parents who need to fuel up before hitting the streets to trick or treat.
The library is giving patrons an opportunity to “scare away” their fines in October. From Oct. 23 to 31, the library is having a fine amnesty week. During the week, fines on overdue items will be waived. It’s the perfect opportunity to scour your houses, lockers and cars for those missing items and get them returned with no fines attached.
In addition to being a month of ghouls and ghost stories, October is Family History Month. Marissa Lamer, the Kansas Room librarian, is bringing in Charley and June Kempthorne to put on a LifeStory Writing Workshop at 10 a.m. Oct. 21. The workshops are offered across the country at libraries. The Kempthorne’s workshop will teach participants how to jumpstart their memoirs or family history projects.
For more information on programs and events, visit hayslibrary.org or call (785) 625-9014.
Lucia Bain is communications coordinator for Hays Public Library.