Shreve Memorial Library is excited to host Halloween programs for children and families. With the holiday just around the corner, the library is offering a safe, fun, family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy story times, arts and crafts! Activities will take place at several library branches. Community participation is encouraged. Registration is required to attend all Shreve Memorial Library programs and participants must adhere to the CDC and state mask mandate.
Several branches are hosting Halloween Story Time programs for children. Children will listen to stories, sing along with music, action rhymes, dance, and have figure puppet play time. Story time programs take place regularly at Shreve Memorial Library branches throughout Caddo Parish, however, special Halloween story times will take place at the Broadmoor, Cedar Grove-Line Avenue, Hollywood/Union Avenue, Mooretown, and North Shreveport Branches.
The North Shreveport Branch, 4844 North Market Street, will host special Halloween-themed story times on Tuesdays, October 19 and October 26 at 10:30 a.m., while Halloween story times will take place each Wednesday and Saturday throughout the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. On Wednesday, October 20, children can enjoy Halloween story time at 10:00 a.m. at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, 2105 Hollywood Avenue, and at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch, 8303 Line Avenue. The Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue, will hold Halloween-themed story times on Friday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.
In addition to the Halloween-themed story times, the North Shreveport Branch will host a puppet show retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. North Shreveport Branch invites children to participate in “Shadow Puppet Theater: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Monday, October 25, at 5:00 p.m. Participants will recreate the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with shadow, light, and music. Children will make shadow puppets and perform their take on the classic tale. Parents are encouraged to bring their phones to record the performance.
Children and teens are encouraged to get crafty and create Halloween art, too. Programs will take place at several Shreve Memorial Library branches and include painting programs, Halloween-themed crafts such as pumpkin lanterns, tea light witches, and handmade bats, as well as Halloween wreaths and Frankenstein’s monster crafts. Supplies for all craft and paint programs are provided, and registration is required.
On Friday, October 15, at North Shreveport Branch, homeschoolers will participate in “Fall Canvas Painting” at 10:00 a.m. Students will paint an October moonscape canvas with a black cat. The “Creative Minds” program at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch will be held on Monday, October 18 at 4:30 p.m., and children, ages 5 to 10, will create pumpkin lanterns using household items. Teens are also invited to create a witch using tea lights at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch on Tuesday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m. In Gilliam, library patrons are invited to make a handcrafted bat craft on Tuesday, October 19 at 3:45 p.m. at the Gilliam Branch, located at 12797 Main Street.
Halloween enthusiasts can make a one-of-a-kind Halloween wreath at the Mooringsport Branch Halloween Pinterest Party on Wednesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Mooringsport Branch, located at 603 Latimer Street in Mooringsport. Children are encouraged to join the Cedar Grove-Line Avenue Branch on Thursday, October 21 for a SMartY Frank ‘N Fun guided drawing class at 4:00 p.m., where they will create and color a “Frankenstein Monster,” and stop by the North Shreveport Branch on Saturday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. for a “Make and Take: Popsicle Stick Frankenstein” craft. In Greenwood, children can create their own spooky ghost at the Higginbotham-Bryson Branch, located at 9359 Greenwood Road, on Wednesday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.
In addition to Halloween crafts, teens are adults are encouraged to participate in Jack O’ Lantern Paint Parties on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the month. Participants will paint their very own fall pumpkin or Halloween Jack O’ Lantern on canvas. All supplies are provided. Jack O’ Lantern paint parties will take place at the following library branches:
Supplies for all arts and crafts program are provided. Registration, face masks and social distancing are required for all programs. To register, please visit the library branch hosting the program.