Happy Halloween!

If you live in St. Louis, grew up in St. Louis, or have visited St. Louis during Halloween, you are sure to have come across a great tradition when venturing out to fill your pillowcase with candy on Halloween night:

The bad joke, riddle, or pun.

It’s expected, looked forward to, and as a result it fills the night with many groans, guffaws, and much head shaking at awful punchlines. Still, it’s a tradition that is ours.

Yes, there’s no just calling out “trick-or-treat” here. Anyone old enough to ring the doorbell is old enough to entertain candy-givers with at least an attempt at humor. To make sure that you and your family are ready to go this year, here are a few of our favorite joke books that can provide you  with your last-minute chuckle. Don’t forget to test your joke at your favorite Branch of the St. Louis Public Library!

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (October 28-November 3, 2012)

Are you feeling a slight chill in the air? Come warm up with us at some of these great activities this week at the St. Louis Public Library:

Baden Branch:

  • Pasta Skeletons on Tuesday
  • Halloween Spooktacular on Wednesday
  • Xbox and Wii Gaming on Thursday

Barr Branch:

  • Witch and Ghost Magnet making on Tuesday

  •  Make two great crafts: Monster Puppets and Spider Web Plates on Wednesday afternoon while supplies last!

Buder Branch:

  • Preschool Storytime on Wednesday

Divoll Branch:

  • Trick-or-Treat on Wednesday
  • Paper Airplane making on Thursday

Julia Davis Branch:

  • Watch Gremlins on Tuesday
  • Halloween fun on Wednesday

Kingshighway Branch:

  • Storytime on Monday
  • Trick-or-treating on Wednesday
  • BatMobiles on Wednesday
  • Turkey Paper Plates on Thursday

Schlafly Branch:

  • Trick-or-Treat Wednesday
  • Storytime on Thursday

Walnut Park Branch:

  • Storytime Wednesday
  • Watch Dolphin Tale on Friday

Make a MonsterBox!

Here’s a great Friday craft for all of you out there in cyberspace: make a MonsterBox to keep your Halloween treats safe this year. No Parents, pets, or siblings would dare to challenge such a terrifying guardian of sweets so you may rest easy knowing that your haul is well protected. The photos in this post are examples of MonsterBoxes made by youth patrons at the Baden Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

What you’ll need:

  • Paints & brushes
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Tissue boxes
  • glue/tape
  • assorted paper
  • scissors

What you’ll do:

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Halloween is a Week Away!

With that news, we thought we would give you a monster of a blogpost:  a collection of our favorite books–some scary, some not so much, and some downright funny.  All of them are great for entertaining others on an eerie autumn evening… Drop into your favorite St. Louis Public Library Branch and take a few home today!

Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster (Rick Walton with illustrations by Nathan Hale)

A hilarious, rhythmic parody starring a scientist who sleeps on a gurney and a castle full of headless monsters.

A Big, Spooky House by Donna Washington with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers

What happens when the big, strong man stays a night in a big, spooky house? Find out in this great picture book,  perfect for read aloud storytimes.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler

What could be the the most fearsome creature in the forest–the big, bad Gruffalo or a tiny mouse? Try this picture book for great adjectives and learning to use your wits to steer clear of trouble.

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (October 21-27, 2012)

Lots to do this week at the St. Louis Public Library; whether you want storytimes, fall crafts, or Halloween goodies be sure to visit!

Monday, October 22nd

  • Preschool Storytime at Baden Branch, Barr Branch & Kingshighway Branch Libraries

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Watch The Adventures of TinTin at Baden Branch
  • Build Pasta Sculptures at Julia Davis Branch
  • X-Box and Wii Gaming at Machacek Branch

Thursday, October 25th

  • Karaoke at Baden Branch!
  • Watch The Adventures of TinTin at Barr Branch
  • Halloween Open House at Buder Branch
  • Family Night–Puzzles! at Kingshighway Branch
  • Family Night–Halloween Party! at Schlafly Branch

Have a great week & we hope to have you join us!

A Web You May Not Want to Surf!

Happy Friday!

Here’s a simple craft that would make a perfect decoration for your upcoming Halloween gathering:
Paper Plate Spider Webs

What you’ll need:

  • Paper Plate (any size)
  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tape
  • Fake Spiders (plastic spider rings from the Dollar Store are perfect!)

What you’ll do:

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“The One Constant Through all the Years…

…has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past… …It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”

–Terrence Mann, in Field of Dreams (1989)

As Major League Baseball playoffs roll deeper into October, closer to breaking hearts and crowning champions, We thought today would be a good day to mention a few of our favorite books surrounding the great American pastime:

Baseball Saved Us

by Ken Mochizuki, illustrations by Dom Lee

Confined to a U.S. internment camp during the Second World War, one family works to unite one another, and the camp as a whole, through baseball.

Eyewitness Books: Baseball

by James Kelley

A Great introduction to all parts of the game–from the history of the sport to the official allowable weights of a Major League ball. This book is full of facts, figures, and photographs for the novice or an old pro.

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