Washington County library hosts events for kids

October 10, 2008|By CATHERINE HALL

The children's department of Washington County Free Library hosts weekly or biweekly story times and other events for children. Here's a selection:

Regular storytimes

o Preschool storytime for ages 3 to 5 -- 11 a.m. today and Fridays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31

o Family bedtime stories for all ages (pajamas encouraged) with Mr. Jeff -- 7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30

o Saturday storytime for ages 3 to 7 -- 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays; the remaining storytime this month is on Oct. 18.

o Toddler time for 18 to 36 months -- The current session is full. The next session runs from 10 or 11 a.m. Mondays in January through March; registration begins Dec. 1.


o Infant storytime for 6 to 18 months -- The current session is full. The next session runs from 10 or 11 a.m. Wednesdays in January through March; registration begins Dec. 1.

Special events

o Hispanic Heritage Day -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Music, dance, food, stories and fun for all ages.

o Halloween movie -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Come watch Scooby Doo and the Goblin King; we'll provide popcorn and cider.

o Fall Costumed Storytime -- 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Children of all ages can join us in costume for a special fall-themed storytime.

Ghostly tales for Halloween

o"The Amazing Ghost Detectives" by Daniel San Souci (ages 4 to 7)

Boys ask a girl to help track down a ghost that keeps messing up their clubhouse.

o "King of the Cats: A Ghost Story" by Paul Galdone (ages 4 to 8)

As a gravedigger tells his wife how a band of cats marched into the cemetery to mourn their dead king, their own cat, Old Tom, listens with a strange intensity.

o "The Bake Shop Ghost" by Jacqueline Ogburn (ages 5 to 8)

A cranky ghost haunts a bake shop in this delicious book about finding the secret to warming a cold heart.

o "Fergus and the Night-Demon: An Irish Ghost Story" written by Jim Murphy (ages 5 to 9)

On his way to town to have some fun, a lazy but clever young man faces a terrible demon.

o "Kate Culhane: A Ghost Story" by Michael Hague (ages 7 to 10)

One of America's most beloved painters of fantasy presents a rousing ghost story for older picture-book readers.

o "The Seer of Shadows" by Avi (ages 8 to 12)

In New York City in 1872, a 14-year-old photographer's apprentice helps create fraudulent spirit photographs, but then he accidentally frees a real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge.

o "Ghost Town: Seven Ghostly Stories" by Joan Lowery Nixon (ages 9 to 12)

Combining history and mystery, this collection, set in real American ghost towns, recalls classic campfire tales.

o "All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story" by Mary Downing Hahn (ages 9 to 12)

Travis and his sister fake "hauntings" to draw tourists to their grandmother's inn, but their antics also awaken a dark force.

o "Breathe: A Ghost Story" by Cliff McNish (ages 9 to 13)

When he and his mother move into an old farmhouse in the English countryside, asthmatic, 12-year-old Jack discovers that he can communicate with ghosts inhabiting the house.

o "The Summoning" by Kelley Armstrong (ages 12 to 17)

Chloe Saunders is haunted by a particularly violent ghost and is sent to Lyle House, a center for disturbed teens, where she finds herself investigating a series of other paranormal happenings.

Catherine Hall is a children's librarian with Washington County Free Library. Contact her at at 301-739-3250, ext. 132, or, or go to

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