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It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Halloween and spooky activities are already in full swing at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library.

Teens started the month by making “eyeball” cake balls and adult Do-It-Yourselfers created pumpkin earrings. Trivia teams duked it out over their Steven King knowledge at Twin Lion’s and teenagers spooked themselves with a virtual reality haunted house on the Oculus Go in TeenScape.

The chills continue tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a free showing of “The Sixth Sense” in the library auditorium.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Rose City Book Club will meet at Twin Lions to discuss Stephen King’s classic debut novel, “Carrie.” The book club is for ages 18 and up. One free appetizer is provided.

The Children’s Library STEAM program at 2 p.m. Saturday is focused on candy. The program will show young patrons how to use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to find new ways to use whatever candy they might have left over from this month’s trick-or-treating. They will make a Skittles rainbow in a jar, blow up balloons using candy, sculpt with Starbursts and more.

The library will host a Family Game Day at 1 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium. Saved Games Library & Shop will have a variety of tabletop games available for all ages. Snacks will be provided. Register online at www.nchcpl.org or at the Main Circulation desk.

Presenter Rita Miller will show gardeners how to wow their guests with future floral arrangements at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the library meeting rooms.

Teen Librarian Krystal Stanich will show middle and high schoolers how to make their own glow-in-the-dark pumpkins at 4 p.m. Tuesday in TeenScape. Registration is required.

Anyone interested in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is invited to discuss Indiana UFO sightings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the library auditorium. Jeremy Efroymson of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) will lead the event.

Friends of the NC-HC Library are having a book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Featured items are all children’s, Christmas and craft books buy one, get one of equal or lesser value free. The Upper Level Book Shop, Lower Level Book Room and the basement are open during the sale. All items priced 25¢ will also be on sale five for $1. Debit/credit cards accepted at Friends’ checkout with minimum $5 purchase.

TeenScape will host a “Stranger Things” Escape Room event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. The story is “Tonight is the Hawkins Middle School Halloween Dance. The gang must save Dart’s Son and return him to the upside-down before anything bad happens in Hawkins.” Registration is open.

There is a special Saturday Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 with “Toy Story of Terror” and “Monsters, Inc.” in the library auditorium. Families of all ages are welcome.

The Always YA Adult Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the New Castle Applebee’s. This month’s book is “There’s Someone Inside Your House” by Stephanie Perkins. The book club is for ages 18 and up. One free appetizer is provided.

For more information about activities at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library, visit nchcpl.evanced.info/signup/Calendar or pick up a copy of The Reader newsletter at the library front desk, 376 S. 15th St., New Castle.