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October 1, 2017, All Day
October 3, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Arcata Library
Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
October 4, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
It's Family Fort Night! After sharing some stories and songs, families will build forts with tables, chairs, sheets, and clips provided by the library. Participants are encouraged to bring battery-powered lights for reading, writing, and art activities inside the forts. Create your own special place and then hang out in it together!
October 4, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Fortuna Library
The October book for discussion is "Lady Cop Makes Trouble" by Amy Stewart. All adults welcome.
October 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - October 6, 2017, 9:00 PM @ Garberville Branch Library
The Garberville Library will be CLOSED effective October 4th through October 6, 2017 for pest inspection. The library is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 7. Questions? Please call Humboldt County Library’s Administrative line at 707-269-1918. Thank you – and sorry for the inconvenience.
October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
This innocent yet dark comedy classic, set in Brooklyn, features murders, madness, Cary Grant, and two nice old aunts.
October 6, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Old time, new toys! Baby Read and Grow is returning to the previously popular 11:00 a.m. start time. Babies and their families are invited to share songs, rhymes, bouncing games, finger plays, and short stories at this early literacy event. Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. The program is designed for children aged 3-24 months. Join us on the first and third Friday of each month.
October 7, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Rockabye Baby Storytime welcomes pre-walkers, caregivers and older siblings with their own doll or stuffed animal. Build a bond with your baby through books, singing, rhymes, and gentle movement. Sponsored by Humboldt First Five.
October 7, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Arcata, meet yourself! Come hear the diverse voices of your own community as speakers representing cultural centers from throughout Arcata read excerpts from literature that changed how they view the world.
October 11, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Meet Eele, a licensed therapy dog, and her human, Joan. Read to Eele, tell her a story, or just give her belly a rub. Reading to a dog is a low-pressure way for children to practice their reading skills, and fun besides! A parent or legal guardian must sign a permission form before children read with Eele. Stop by the desk in the children's room to complete the form and sign up for a turn with Eele.
October 12, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Ferndale Branch Library (Please enter at the side door for this program.)
Visit the Ferndale Library for a fun toddler story time. Story time is a great activity for young children. It helps them learn words and pronounce them, learn how to listen, absorb new facts and ideas, and develop imagination and creativity. Kids who listen to stories are better prepared for life and school. Story time at the library engages a child's fascination with stories and makes a connection to reading that can be a lifelong advantage. Most of all, it's fun!
October 12, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
Need some recommendations for new books to read? Want to share a great new read with someone? This casual community gathering discusses books, shares recent reads, and offers new suggestions of titles to read. No mandatory reading is required, just a love of reading.
October 14, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Read, sing, and dance together. Children and caregivers will play musical chairs - but no chairs are removed and nobody is left out! Instead, read from the book that's on the chair next to you when the music stops. It's hilarious fun, and you'll discover wonderful stories by authors who are coming to our area this month for the Humboldt County Children's Author Festival. Ages 9 months to 9 years.
October 14, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
Families and young children are invited to attend the Baby Sign Workshop together to learn and play. This month the theme is 'Playtime Signs', and includes signs to share with friends and family while playing together. Sign language is a fine way to start communicating with your baby even before baby can talk. The workshop includes time for individual and small group practice on signs, based on participants' needs.
October 20, 2017, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM @ Eureka Main Library, Story Room
October 21, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Share music, movement, a story and more - family fun for everyone.
October 21, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room & First Floor Central Aisle
The Humboldt County Children's Author Festival brings well-known, published authors to Humboldt County, where they visit schools to talk with students about books and the business and craft of writing, and promote the exciting idea that people create books and that children can write, as well as read. This year, 25 authors and illustrators will come from throughout California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and even more states. They will travel to nearly 60 Humboldt County schools, talk about themselves and their work to thousands of school children. Today, meet all the authors and see their books at a public autographing session and book sale here in the Eureka Main Library.
October 24, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Children with special needs and their families are invited to join Librarian Sue for Halloween-themed sensory activities, crafts, songs, and more before the library opens. Visual supports presented on a flannel board guide children on how to behave during these activities. For ages 3-9 with a caregiver. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate and enjoy a welcoming experience together. Sensory Storytime aims to help children accustom themselves to the library setting and to adapt to the bigger world around them. Sponsored by First Five Humboldt.
October 25, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Eureka Main Library, Large Meeting Room
Ali Freedlund tells stories in celebration of the North Coast. She has lived on the North Coast for over 30 years, and many of her stories are a celebration of this beautiful area and the many creatures that live here. Through her stories, she hopes to empower people of all ages to love and appreciate this place and each other. Families with children in attendance can receive a brand-new book, free, as part of the fun.
October 25, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Fortuna Branch Library
Musician Les Glen performs a family concert of children's songs and stories at Fortuna's monthly Family Literacy Night, co-hosted by the Humboldt Literacy Project. Free books to all kids in attendance.
October 25, 2017, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Rio Dell Branch Library
Drop in any time today to make a mask for Halloween, or just for fun! Or enjoy making other seasonal decorations with Rio Dell Library's craft supplies.
October 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Homegoing, by Gyaa Yasi, is October's featured book. This novel begins with two sisters, one living in Ghana, one sold as a slave and transported to America, and brings to life 300 years of Ghanaian history and 200 years of America's saga. It's praised for the way in which 'the villages of West Africa come alive' (Isabel Wilkerson in the NY Times) lovingly detailing the cultural treasure, history and language lost when slavers came; for 'unforgettable characters' and its 'exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty... monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations' (Goodreads)
October 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Ferndale Branch Library (Please enter at the side door for this program.)
October 26, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Trinidad Branch Library
All new readers welcome! Katie the dog is a totally uncritical, happy listener. Join owner Claudia and trained therapy dog Katie for a chance to read to Katie, boost reading confidence, and have fun.
October 28, 2017, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Need a treat bag? We provide the pillow cases and masks, and you do the decorating. Family fun!
October 28, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
Back by popular demand, Librarian Bob stands ready to impress school-age children with appropriately scary Halloween stories.
October 28, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Arcata Branch Library
In this cartoon animation, Norman is an extraordinary middle-school misfit - he sees and talks to ghosts residing in his New England town of Blithe Hollow, made famous for witch hunts. On the approaching anniversary of a famed local witch's execution, Norman is charged with ending her curse on the town by reading from a special book. He bands together with his only buddy Neil, his popular sister Courtney, Neil's older brother, Mitch, and even the school bully, to face the witch and some zombies.
October 31, 2017, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Rio Dell Branch Library
Drop in any time today to make a mask for Halloween, or just for fun! Or enjoy making other seasonal crafts with Rio Dell Library's craft supplies.