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All about the Booooos

The Haunted Library, a popular Halloween treat, takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26 for kids ages 6 to 10.  Kids are invited to roam the library stacks anytime between 7:30 and 9 p.m. if they dare. They should be prepared for a spooky and spine-tingling experience, along with ghoulish snacks and ghostly games.  There is no registration and no fee. On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1 to 5, kids can enjoy a slightly more gentle way to have fun with Halloween by creating their own Halloween decorations in Drop-in Halloween Crafts. There is no registration and no fee. Both programs are sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

Kids’ mystery book club

The Whodunit? Book Club continues the Halloween theme with this month’s selection of Bunnicula by James Howe. The club is for kids in grades 2 and 3 and meets on Monday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Snacks and detective activities make up the rest of the fun. Parents and guardians must remain in the building. The program is sponsored by the Steve and Alison Sherman Family Fund. Registration is required; there is no fee.

More Halloween happenings

Kids should store up for Wednesday, Oct. 30 because Halloween is happening at the library that day. Beginning with Pumpkin Decorating from 4 to 5, children ages 3 to 10 will be decorating pumpkins with paints and other assorted materials. Registration for this program is filled with waitlisting registrations only. Also from 4 to 5, kids in grades 3 and up can listen to scary stories in Scare Off! Children’s library assistants Lesley Keogh, for whom this holiday was tailor-made, and Michael Robin will tell their favorite tales of horror to the kids. Registration is required. Everyone can join in on the Hair-Raising Halloween Costume Contest, also from 4 to 5 p.m. Everyone child gets a certificate for participating. No registration is required; all ages are welcomed. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caregivers. Pumpkin Decorating and the Halloween Costume Contest are sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.

More poetry

Joanna Ecke’s poetry session may be wrapping up, but there is more on the way with Judson Scruton’s Fall Poetry, beginning Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10:30 to noon. This four-week session on Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21 explores poets and their writing techniques. Judson is currently an adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University and has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. Registration is required. Poetry packets are available at the front desk.

To register for programs, visit and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213 for adult programs, ext. 243 for teens and ext. 217 for children’s activities.