Need inspiration for Inktober, Witchtober, Monstober, or the plethora of other art challenges ending in –tober? Look no further than your local library. This month, we’ve got Halloween crafts, teen events, and plenty of spooky book recommendations. Click here for a selection of illustrated horror for young readers, but beware – they’re not for the faint of heart!
View upcoming releases and place holds on some of the top new books we have ordered that are being released next month.
All library locations will be closed for Staff Training Day on:
Monday, October 10
Brush up on your skills for your favorite October art challenge with these staff-recommended art books!
Eye See You| Angelo Madrigale and Oliver Hibert
If you crossed Lisa Frank with psychedelic van art, you might just get Oliver Hibert. This book is full of bat wings, cartoon skulls, and melting eyeballs – perfect for Halloween! According to our staff recommender, “this is my favorite artist book we own.”
“I love Betty Edwards' books. She helped me to appreciate that art is not so much natural talent but more of a mindset and perspective.”
“This is how I learned to draw, and I struggled so much to draw. This book helped me draw ‘what I see’ and was one of my main pandemic activities in June 2020!”
Digital Photography: Complete Course| David Taylor
Weighing in at nearly three pounds, this book is packed cover to cover with photography knowledge. Learn about technical topics like lenses, contrast, and exposure – or if you rely on your phone camera like me, skip ahead to chapters on composition, light, and color. If you’re more of a hands-on learner, join us for monthly photo meetups in Blasco’s Idea Lab!
The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds| John Muir Laws
I LOVE this drawing guide! There are pages and pages of step-by-step drawing techniques intermingled with beautiful nature journal examples and interesting bird facts. It’s a perfect borrow to have on hand during the fall bird migration or for winter nature journaling.
The Book of Inkscape| Dmitry Kirsanov
If you want to make digital art but aren’t sure where to start (or you just don’t want to spend $20 a month on Adobe products) this is the book for you. The Inkscape program is free to download, so this book provides a cost-effective way to dip your toe into digital art and start experimenting. I also recommend checking out our Wacom Tablet Maker Kit!
Fall into library programming with your fun activities for all ages! Visit events.erielibrary.org for a complete list of library programs.
All library programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Erie County Public Library.
TeenTober™ is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. Join us throughout the month of October for tons of crafts, games, social events, and even a haunted escape room! Click here for more information and a complete event schedule.
The Teen Advisory Board is hosting a social to start the month of TEENTOBER™ and celebrate all things TEEN at your library. Check out what the Teen Space has to offer. Help paint a mural in the Teen Space, make a button, or just hang out. TAB volunteens will be there to answer questions and show you around the space. We will also have prize raffles and a limited supply of Teen-To-Go activity kits. Find out how you can have fun, get involved, and make a difference at the library! All teens age 13-18 years old in grades 8-12 are welcome. No registration required. Click here for more TeenTober™ events.
Join us at the Blasco Library for craft nights! No registration is required. This program is free and open to children of all ages and their families. Registration is not required. This month’s theme is anything but a paint brush! Join us on Monday, November 7 for marbling and Monday, December 5 for gift making.
Join fellow crafters while working on your own personal projects such as knitting, quilting, needle work, origami, coloring, quilting, card making, watercolor and crochet. Bring your finished projects for show and tell. Those in attendance can expect good company, sharing ideas and interesting conversations.
Come join us for a "Crafternoon" of fun with friends. All supplies are Free and provided while supplies last. Free and open to the public. All ages welcome, drop ins welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this program.
As we "gear" up for Erie Makes Week, we are holding a Build a Bot Challenge for kids ages 6-12! This is an art challenge to make a robot design with a list of approved materials. You can submit a photo of your finished bot for the challenge. Winner will be announced during Erie Makes. Check out all the events going on during Erie Makes (and take a look at the build-a-bot challenge rules) here. Don’t want to make at home? Attend an in-person Build-A-Bot session to make your entry. All supplies will be provided. No need to register, just drop in!
Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults. Coloring helps us de-stress because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. Adults only, please.
Be your own mad scientist and create a cuddly abomination! In this program we will cut apart stuffed animals and sew them back together like Frankenstein’s Monster. No experience necessary. Basic hand-sewing techniques will be taught, and adult supervision is required. Ages 8 and up. Registration required.
It's snack time at the library. What's on the menu, you ask? Nothing out of the ordinary - just some cheesy baked mealworms, cricket powder brownies, and ant candy. Bon appétit!
Learn about edible insects and the cultural, environmental, and economic reasons people all over the world enjoy bug-based foods. We'll also share gross bug trivia, play games, and munch on some six-legged refreshments. This program is best for curious kids ages 7-12. Registration is required and will open two weeks ahead of the event. See event listing for dietary notes.
Stop in to Blasco’s Idea Lab to make a hauntingly tiny witch or wizard hat hair clip. Add on ribbons, bows, fabric and even a 3D printed charm to your hat design. Registration Required. Ages 10+
Bring your friends and your wit for this spooky escape room as together you will need to solve a series of clues to escape the Haunted Mansion. You only have twenty minutes before the bell tolls. Will you make it out in time? Ages 13-18. Registration required. Registration opens at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 8. Click on your preferred time slot above to register for that session.
Just in time for Halloween! Join us in the Blasco Library's Storytime Room to watch a Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus. This movie is rated PG and the program is free and open to families and children of all ages. Come in costume. Free Snacks. No Registration is required.
Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers, where you can find everything you need – from basic instruction to advanced techniques. It’s a community of enthusiastic makers, from quilters and sewers to cake decorators and painters, wanting to create beautiful things and express their creativity. Access provided through Overdrive’s Libby app or on the Libby website. Resource available to public libraries in Erie and Crawford Counties. Library card required.
Line of Action works like a virtual, customizable figure drawing session with tons of image references to choose from. Just pick an image category, answer some questions about what you’re looking for, and begin your drawing session! You can even adjust the time interval between images, or choose class mode for built-in warm-ups and breaks.