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Library Happenings – Halloween Bake Sale to benefit library programs

By Angie Georgeff

Today’s highlight is our all-day Halloween Bake Sale to benefit the library’s programs for children and teens. Come on down for a yummy treat to prime your sweet tooth for Halloween. 

Tomorrow night the curtain will rise on the final act of our annual Halloween Film Festival. This film classic spawned two sequels.

Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, for popcorn, candy and a movie. Please feel free to bring your favorite soft drink in a spill proof plastic container to complete the theater experience.

You may call the library at 743-6533 if you have questions.

Halloween Party

Young ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night are invited to stop by the library for an hour of spooky fun on Halloween night. The party will start at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Make plans now to don your most creative costume and join us for kid-friendly ghost stories around the “campfire”, games, activities and refreshments.

Please note that we will not be having our normal Wednesday Little Tykes Story Time or Reading Buddies that day so we can devote all of our attention to the Halloween party.

Spotlight Book

What happens when people do all the things society expects of them but they still steadily lose ground? Barbara Kingsolver’s eighth novel “Unsheltered” explores that question and introduces us to the historical figure Mary Treat, one of the women scientists who were never mentioned when I was going to school.

Magazine editor Willa Knox and her college professor husband Iano have always worked hard.  When her magazine folds and his college closes, they are left with no income and three dependents: Iano’s disabled father, their adult daughter and their son’s newborn infant.

Their only asset is a house in Vineland, New Jersey that Willa has inherited. That seeming stroke of luck proves to be a disappointment. The historic house is rapidly disintegrating. Seeking a coal among the ashes, Willa visits the Vineland Historical Society. She hopes the house has enough historical significance to qualify for a grant that would pay to shore up the sagging structure.

Vineland, the home of Welch’s grape juice, was founded in 1861 as a teetotal agrarian utopia.  After the Civil War, science teacher Thatcher Greenwood moves there with his pretty young wife and her mother and sister. He is shocked to find that his house has been so poorly constructed that it stands in danger of collapse.

There he meets Mary Treat, whose opinion about Darwin’s theory of natural selection mirrors his own. This conviction is likely to prove problematic, since his employer is staunchly opposed to Darwin’s views.