OPL celebrates Storytelling through Novels & Short Stories in October with Haunted Library programs

Oct 16 2017

This Halloween, discover one of your local OPL branches and participate in one of our spooky storytelling programs! From walks in the woods, costume parties, Halloween Makerspace, professional storytelling, and the “Boo”mobile, there are fun, games, and stories for everyone to enjoy.

 With branches across the city participating, you may want to go beyond your regular haunts and visit a branch in another neighbourhood. You can also choose to stay closer to home to enjoy this fun, spooky storytelling at your home branch. Bilingual storytelling events will happen at OPL’s Main, Rosemount, Cumberland, and Vanier branches; Carp, Greely, and Munster will hold storytelling in English only. All Haunted Library storytelling events are geared to families and children. Folks in Greely will have a special visit from our Bookmobile, which will transform into the “Boo”mobile for special Halloween fun!

On Saturday, October 21, the Munster branch begins the spooky season with a professional storyteller leading a Story Walk (in English): There will also be a green screen for fun Halloween photos for families and children 4-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., families can participate in the Escape Room and solve a Halloween-themed puzzle to escape!

On Saturday, October 28, multiple branch locations will host feature programs:

  • Carp branch will have cupcakes to decorate, costumes for dress-up, and Halloween-themed crafts (in English) from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • The Cumberland branch will host an Escape room for all ages as part of their bilingual programming from 2 – 2:45 p.m. Also on offer will be face painting, crafts, and a Halloween green screen costuming station.
  • At the Rosemount branch, a variety of bilingual drop-in activities will be on offer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including train sets, a liquid/soda/bubble science lab, playing librarian the old-fashioned way with library stamps and a card catalogue, green screen photography, dress-up, and creepy sensory games for families and children 4-10.
  • Vanier branch will host a bilingual program with a walk in the woods from the Muséoparc to the Library, where a professional storyteller will offer two sessions at 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for children 4-10. Meet at the Muséoparc at noon.
  • The “Boo”mobile will be parked at the Greely branch, to offer a program of professional storytelling (in English) and Halloween crafts for children 4-10 from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • From 3:15 – 3:45 p.m., Main branch will hold a Spooky Makerspace (in English) for families and children 4-12 including the 3D printer, green screen, makey-makeys, LEGO, little bits, and connectors.

With such a wide variety of options and programs across Ottawa, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy in the spirit of the eeriest holiday of the year! Bring your costumes and your sweet tooth to these special programs and enjoy two back-to-back Saturdays of spooky storytelling in your neighbourhood!

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual atBiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on TwitterTwitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook Facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here!


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