Trick-or-treating, stories and more at the Austintown library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children had to guess how many pieces of candy corn a jar held at "Halloween Family Story Time" at the Austintown library. The child who guessed closest to the actual number got to have the jar of candy.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Nikki Puhalla read stories to children for the Austintown library's "Halloween Family Story Time" on Oct. 24. The event celebrated Halloween and had a couple crafts and games following the Halloween theme.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children walked around the library for trick-or-treating at the Austintown library after story time, crafts and games.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Children made two crafts at the Austintown library's "Halloween Family Story Time." They made mummies by gluing tissue paper to a cut out. They also received treat bag that they decorated with stickers and drew on with crayons.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library provided two games during their "Halloween Family Story Time." One game, called "spider cornhole," asked children to throw beanbags onto a board and in a hole. The other game, pictured, was "ghost knockdown" where the children tossed beanbags at a stack of ten cups.


The Austintown library hosted a Halloween Family Story Time on Oct. 24, which included stories, costumes, games, crafts and treats.

Nikki Puhalla organized the event. She began by reading the children’s book “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat“ by Lucille Colandro and “What am I? Halloween“ by Anne Margaret Lewis. She involved the children in the story telling.

After story time, she gave the children the option to go to any of the other stations throughout the room. She had placed a number of Halloween-related books on a table near the front of the room. She had a jar of candy corn on that same table. The children guessed how many pieces the jar contained and the winner got to keep the jar of candy.

Puhalla set up two games on both sides of the room. One side had “spider cornhole,” a game where the children tossed beanbags onto a board and in a hole. The other side had “ghost knockdown,” where the children tossed beanbags at ten cups stacked in a pyramid in order to knock them over.

She also had tables for two crafts. The children made a mummy by gluing white tissue paper onto a human figure cut out. They also used stickers and crayons to decorate treat bags provided by the library.

At the end of the event, the children lined up and trick-or-treated through the library. The librarians at the desk in the center of the library and at the front desk had treat bags that they handed to the children.

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