Haunted Gingerbread Houses

This year’s annual Haunted Gingerbread Houses program took place virtually, with families creating their own masterpieces, and then joining a Zoom program to show off their spooky — and not-too-spooky — creations!

Each family was given an empty creamer container, and, unlike past years, had to supply all of the other materials and decorations on their own.

We were so impressed with the creativity and time that went into these houses! Each one is very unique, with clever details, and one-of-a-kind uses for all sorts of candy. Great job, everyone!

We posted large pictures of each haunted gingerbread house on the front windows of the library for the week leading up to Halloween. Here they are:

Thanks so much to our participating families! Happy Halloween, everyone!

Virtual Halloween Parade

It’s that time of year again … time for costumes, candy, and spooky fun! This year, we are hosting a virtual Halloween Parade this Friday, October 30, at 11 a.m.

Join us on Zoom for some Halloween fun and to share your costumes with our children’s librarians! Pets are welcome, too!

We have program bags for this event, which you may pick up this week in the Children’s Room any time the library is open, or you may call ahead for curbside pickup.

Register once for the whole family. We’ll send you the Zoom invite. See this page for more information and registration.

We hope to see you there!

Learn All About Voting

With this year’s highly anticipated presidential election right around the corner, it’s time to help your children learn more about voting. What does it mean to vote? Who gets to vote? Who gets to run for office? What is an election? Why is it important?

So many possible questions! We have set up a display of voting-related books, both fiction and nonfiction, in the Children’s Room.

Relevant books include biographies, picture books about voting, and nonfiction titles about many facets of government and the voting process.

Of course, feel free to stop in the Children’s Room or call for recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!

Fall Family Fun in Northeast Ohio

Fall is here! And even though we are in a global health pandemic, there is still safe, socially distant Fall fun to be had. Thanks to our friends at Barberton Public Library for the cute graphic above, which provides a great bucket list of seasonal family fun.

Here is a printable version, if you would like to print it, hang it up, and check off what the kids would like to do:

The following list includes resources for all kinds of family Fall activities in Northeast Ohio this year:

Free Fall Fun in Northeast Ohio

Metroparks Fall Hiking Spree

Ultimate Fall Fun Guide: 100+ Things to Do this Fall

Things to Do in Ohio

Northeast Ohio Fall Festival Guide

Fall in Love with Ohio: Things to Do

The Best Fall Festivals in Northeast Ohio

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the season!

“Fall” for Fall Picture Books

Welcome to Fall, with its colorful leaves, festive pumpkins, chilly evenings, and great seasonal picture books! All of the things that make the autumn season special are celebrated in a variety of picture books that you can share with your child.

Below is a list of some of our favorites, ideal for preschool through grades 2 or 3. Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall

In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Stop in the Children’s Room or call for further recommendations or assistance. Happy reading!