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Library to host fall, Halloween activities

October 10, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Captiva Memorial Library has fun free programs planned in October for interested families.

Using the themes of fall and Halloween, the island branch will have a number of crafts and activities for children of all ages. Apple Picking Time, which kicked off on Oct. 2, will run through Oct. 13.

"We don't really have much of a fall season in Florida or on the island," Branch Manager Colleen Barany said. "So we'd like to make it feel like fall at the library."

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Captiva Memorial Library associates Leslie Ruhl, left, and Naomi Pastor with the pirate ship and library mascot Cappy and his bird friend, Sandy.

For Apple Picking Time, youth can add to an apple garland that will hang in the Children's Room.

"There are paper apples that the kids can color," she said.

Barany noted that the craft is not a make-and-take one like normal.

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"We're going to make a garland and we're going to keep it here," she said of the apples.

There is also a book display about apples and apple activity sheets.

From Oct. 16-20, the week will be Time for Pumpkins.

"For that they're going to be making a scarecrow craft," Barany said.

"That they can take home with them," she added.

In the Children's Room, there will be a book display about pumpkins.

"It depends, but there could be anywhere from half a dozen to a dozen books," Barany said.

Children can peruse the selections and check out any that they find interesting.

Have a Non-Scary Halloween is planned for Oct. 23-27.

"That is going to have a book display on fall and Halloween," she said. "And they're going to be making a ghost craft that they can take home with them."

"It'll be a friendly ghost, not a scary ghost," Barany added.

The activities will wrap up on Oct. 30 with Pumpkin Time.

"They're going to be able to make a paper jack-o'-lantern craft," she said.

There will also be related activity sheets for children to do.

"The book display that day will be geared specifically toward Halloween," Barany said.

All of the activities are free and open to the public.

"They don't have to have a library card for them," she said.

The library recently celebrated Talk Like A Pirate Day with a pirate storytime and craft. Staff also decorated the front desk to look like a pirate ship and created a Cappy's Pirate Stories book for youth to fill with imaginative stories or pictures. Cappy is the branch mascot, with his bird friend - Sandy.

"We're probably going to leave that up through season," Barany said.

She noted that the ship makes for a great photo opportunity for youths interested in pirates, plus children who contribute to Cappy's Pirate Stories receive a treat from a nearby treasure chest.

"We have a pirate's chest with goodies," Barany said.

In addition, the following adult programs are being offered throughout October:

- Coloring for Grown-ups

(daily during operating hours)

The repetitive motion involved in coloring has a calming effect and adults have found the childhood activity a refreshing way to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring about more mindfulness. Participants may bring their own materials or use those provided.

- Checkers

(daily during operating hours)

Play classic checkers, "the game of games," or try other versions such as Fox and Geese, Give Away, Shifting Pyramids, Corner Checkers or Goban. Instructions included. Alternatively, reverse the field and play Tic Tac Toe or Super Tic Tac Toe.

For more information, call 239-533-4890 or visit

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane. The library is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.



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