Library offers a chance to switch your medical mask to a scary mask at the annual Halloween Festival
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Last year the Pandemic was shutting down many time-honored events including the Jerseyville Annual Halloween Festival which was quickly transformed into a Drive-Through event at Dolan Park. This year things are a bit more open and the Festival will be back in person but at a different location than past years. Dress up in your best costume and join the Jerseyville Public Library at the new City Center Park at the corner of E. Pearl and Jefferson streets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. The Costume judging will begin at 10 a.m., with judging immediately following and cash prizes awarded for the following categories: Infant – Preschool, Kindergarten – 2nd grade, 3rd – 6th grade, 7th grade – Adult, Group and Pop Culture. Trick or Treating to downtown businesses will take place from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Hay rides and a new activity, the Great Pumpkin Hunt (where children can search for special painted pumpkins throughout the downtown area and bring them back to the City Center to receive a prize, one pumpkin per person please), will take place from 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to enjoy Halloween Music with DJ Brian and yummy hot dogs cooked by Royal Banks from noon – 1 p.m. all at the City Center Park. Please take note that the Library building will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m on Oct. 30, as the staff will be working the Halloween Festival.
Book Lovers are welcome to join the Friends of the Library as they present their Big Fall Book Sale Oct. 14 -16 where you may purchase amazing pre-owned books and other materials at deep discounts. Thursday, Oct. 14 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., for a $2 entry fee, you may attend the Preview Sale where you can purchase books at regular prices before the general public. Friday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. the sale is open to the public at regular prices and then Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. stock up at the Buy-the-Bag Book Sale for only $3 per bag (bags provided by the Library).
For parents with preschool children aged 2 – 6 years, bring your children to the Preschool Story Time on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., where your children can hear delightful stories and silly songs and have the chance to socialize with other children their age.
As the name implies, your public library is here for you in person during library hours and digitally 24/7. There are public use computers, printing, faxing, copying and notary services available and the Friends Book Sale rooms are open to the public during regular library hours. You do not need a library card to take advantage of the many services or to shop in the book sale rooms. There is a small fee for printing, copying and faxing. Notary services are free but you are asked to call the library at (618) 498-9514 to make an appointment. Don’t forget about StoryWalk® out at Wock Lake – this month’s book, “The Halloween Tree ‘’ is sponsored by the Wock Family in memory of Jack and Barb Wock and their daughter Judy (Wock) Nanney. After you read the book, pop into the library to help decorate their Halloween Tree.