November is National Novel Writing Month. In this annual challenge, participants try to draft 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days. About 400,000 people take part each year, and several published novels have gotten their start as NaNoWriMo projects.

While it can be unpleasant to even think about, challenging health and life events do happen. These upcoming library programs will provide information and support to help you prepare for and face difficult situations.

Come to the library in October for perfectly petrifying parties, complete with creepy crafts, ghoulish games, terrifying treats, chilling costumes, and plenty of other fun things that may or may not go bump in the night.

Local children’s literature expert Dr. Patricia Hart will present a program to show parents, grandparents, and other caregivers how to use picture books to help improve vocabulary skills and school readiness in young children.

The author of Trouble Don’t Last and other award-winning books for youth will share photos and the experiences of doing research for her story of the Underground Railroad.

There’s no need to be frightened of our October creature features. Some of these programs will be sweet, some might be spooky, and some are definitely supernatural—but all of them will be interesting.

A free book can make any fall day better. Enter today for a chance to be the first to read some of autumn’s hottest new books.

From Argentine cuisine to gourmet hot dogs, you’ll find something to savor at these upcoming cooking and food programs. Bon appétit!

Spark Place is the perfect spot to create costumes and accessories for Halloween, parties, school plays, or any other occasion. Sign up for a class or try one of these projects today.