BPL will host several family-friendly Halloween events in October
Contact: Chanda Temple
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3614
The Birmingham Public Library is ready to scare up some Halloween fun this month with decorated pumpkins, costume contests and more.
Back for another year will be the Ghouls' Ball, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown Birmingham library, 2100 Park Place. The event, which is for ages 13 to 18, will include music, dancing, food, treats, balloon sculptures, animals, a photo booth, free books and Wii tournaments. The event is free. However, tickets are required for admittance and must be picked up in advance at the downtown library and branches. Call 226-3655 for more information.
Other free events include:
*Decorate a Jack-O-Lantern and a Scarecrow, Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 31, downtown library Youth Department, regular library hours. Call 226-3655 for more information.
*What's Up With Wendy the Witch and Fred Frankenstein?, throughout October, Eastwood Library, 4500 Montevallo Road. Wendy the Witch stays on the go so much, that librarians need help in finding her. Those who find Wendy at this branch, will be entered into an Oct. 31 drawing. One winner will receive Wendy, restaurant coupons and candy. Library employees are also dealing with Fred Frankenstein, who has a sweet tooth. The person who correctly guesses the number of Tootsie Rolls in Fred's belly, could win him and restaurant coupons. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Contests are for children up to 18 years old. Contests will be held during regular library hours. For more information, call 591-4944.
*Monster Mash Movie Madness Series, every Sunday in October at 2:30 p.m., Avondale Library, 501 43rd St. North. Catch "The Thing'' on Sunday, Oct. 14, "The Mummy'' on Sunday, Oct. 21 and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon'' on Sunday, Oct. 28. On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a book discussion on John Campbell Jr.'s "Who Goes There,'' which was the basis for the movie "The Thing. '' Call 226-4000 for more information.
*Family Halloween Movies, Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., downtown library Youth Department. Enjoy a hot bag of popcorn and a spooky kids' movie with the family. Call 226-3655 for more information.
*Halloween-themed movies, every Friday in October at 10 a.m., Springville Road Library meeting room, 1224 Old Springville Road. Upcoming movies will include "Scared Stiff," "Haunted Honeymoon" and "Love at First Bite." Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Call 226-4083 for more info. Zumba classes will be held after the movie.
*Let's Go Batty, Thursday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m, Avondale Library, 509 40th St. South. Pre-school storytime with Ms. Katie.
*Hallo-Read 2012 Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., North Avondale Library, 501 43rd St. North. Enjoy group storytime, crafts, face painting, glow-in-the-dark nail painting, dancing, pizza, treats and punch. Free event is for children, 6 to 10 years old. Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes. Pre-registration is required. Call 592-2082 for more info.
*Nighttime Walking Tour of Notorious Downtown Birmingham Sites, Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the downtown library atrium. Wear comfortable shoes. This 90-minute tour will cover several downtown blocks. Reservations are required and spaces are limited. Call library archivist Jim Baggett at 226-3631 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Happy Halloween Tot Time with Mrs. Eve, Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 and 11 a.m., Avondale Library, 509 40th St. South. Event is for children, 2 to 4 years old, accompanied by a caregiver. Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Children may wear Halloween costumes. No masks. Stories, songs and crafts will be offered. Call 226-4000 for more information.
*Spooky Stories with Vincent, Monday, Oct. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., downtown library Youth Department. Hold onto your hats as Vincent tells spooky stories that will thrill and chill. Call 226-3655 for more information.
*Fang-tastic Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., West End Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. Candy and prizes. All ages. Call 226-4089 for more information.
*Spooktacular for Teens, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m., Springville Road Library, 1224 Old Springville Road. Teenager event will feature crafts, scary stories, a movie and a prize for best costume. Call 226-4083 for more information.
*Halloween Eve Madness with Magician Larry Moore, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Avondale Library, 509 40th St. South. Get ready to laugh during this humorous magic show. Event is free and perfect for families, but registration is required. Costumes are encouraged. No masks. Call 226-4003 for more information.
*Halloween Spooktacular, Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m., Springville Road Library, 1224 Old Springville Road. Event is for fifth graders and younger. Games, crafts, stories and a costume contest. Call 226-4083 for more information.
*Trick or Treat at the Library, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., all Birmingham branches.Call 226-3655 for more information.
*The Treats are on Us, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown library Youth Department, 2100 Park Place. Call 226-3655 for more information.
*Southern Ghosts, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12 p.m., downtown library Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place. Alabama author Jessica Penot, author of Haunted Chattanooga and Haunted North Alabama, will be the featured storyteller for this Brown Bag lunch. Bring your lunch and beverages will be provided. Her books will be available for sale and signing. Call 226-3631 for more information.
*Fall Festival, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Smithfield Library, #1 Eighth Ave. West. Candy bags, storytellers, music and arts and crafts. All ages. Children may wear costumes. Call 324-8428 for more information.
*Spooooky Stuff, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m., North Birmingham Library, 2501 31st Ave. North. Scary tales, crafts and goodies. Children may wear costumes. All ages. Call 226-4026 for more information.