Huron Plainsman | Huron Public Library celebrates Teentober

In October, the Huron Public Library participates in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) annual TeenTober celebration. Developed by YALSA, this month-long event aims to raise awareness of the importance of adolescent services all year round.

It also connects teens with services and materials provided by their local library that will help them develop new skills and fuel their passions. TeenTober merges YALSA’s successful and long-standing Teen Tech Week â„¢ and Teen Read Week â„¢ into one program to celebrate adolescent services and improve relationships with community partners. The following activity program will give teens the opportunity to explore what the library has to offer.

• Week 1: Saturday October 9 at 6:45 p.m. is the annual zombie walk. The walk will be followed by the Zombies presenting a dance in Campbell Park and a party that will include a Zombie Walking Taco buffet and a candy scavenger hunt. Participants will meet at the library at 6:45 p.m. to get organized, with the walk starting at 7:00 p.m. Zombies will be walking along Dakota Avenue from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue. The promenade is open to anyone who feels like a zombie.

Children of third grade and under must be accompanied by an adult and spectators are welcome. The zombie dance, party, and scavenger hunt are only open to children in grades four to twelve. Horn if you see the zombies and stop in Campbell Park to watch the dance and see the scarecrows!

• Week 2: Saturday October 16, 1 pm to 3 pm, Spooky Spell Book Craft. Join Reference Librarian Jennifer Littlefield to paint and decorate an ordinary wooden box turning it into a spooky spell book with a secret drawer to hold all your Halloween spells. Registration required.

• Week 3: Wednesday October 20, 3:45 pm to 5 pm: The basics of chess. Always wanted to learn chess? This is your chance! Teens will be available to demonstrate the basic movements of the game. This one is open to everyone. Remember that children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

• Week 4: Saturday, October 30, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., is a gingerbread haunted house contest. Open to four teams of youth from grades 4 to 12, this program will challenge the creativity of young minds.

Each team will receive a homemade gingerbread kit. Using items provided by the library and items brought from home, each team will battle it out to create the spookiest house. The homes will be posted on the HPL Tween / Teen Facebook page for public voting. The winners will be announced on Friday November 5th.

Teens can always visit the library anytime to relax and enjoy activities such as puzzles, Grab & Go crafts, board games, video games, and Lego building.

“We are delighted to offer this type of programming to our teenagers in the Huron community,” said Mary Olson. “We are committed to providing materials and services to our teens, helping them learn new skills, discover interests and fuel their passions. ”

For a full list of activities and more information on the TeenTober Celebration at the Huron Public Library, follow us on Facebook HPL Tween / Teen Scene or visit To learn more about YALSA and the national TeenTober initiative, visit

Korner for kids
Kids’ Korner invites students in grades three and under to attend a variety of monthly programs that include Lego Club, Pokémon Club, Elementary Explorers, Read & Play, and Baby Jiggles!

The first early exit from Lalapalooza takes place on Wednesday, October 6 at 1:45 p.m. A waiver is required for all children to attend. Parents and guardians are requested to contact Children’s Librarian Glenda Maxted for more information. Kids’ Korner will celebrate National Cookie Month on October 15th. From 3:30 p.m., kids can decorate their own cookie! They invite all Halloween Trick o ‘Treaters to drop by the library on Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a treat!

Adult activities for October
• October 4 to December 3 – “At Home and Abroad: South Dakota in World War II,” a traveling exhibit from the South Dakota State Historical Society will be on display at the library. It documents the state’s experiences abroad and on the home front during World War II. The exhibit features photographs and artifacts from the state archives and the museum’s collection to tell the story of South Dakota during the war.

• October 4 at 9:30 am – Monday Morning Movies will present the film “The Philadelphia Story” (1940). Donuts and coffee will be offered to participants.

• October 18 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Crafts for adults will take place at the library. Participants will make safety pin bracelets. Registration is compulsory.

• Oct. 18-23 – Huron community exchange: wool, knitting and crochet items. Drop off clean knitting, crochet, or tatting material (yarn, yarn, hooks, needles, books, patterns, etc.) at the library. Then come back on Monday to select the “new to you” items.

• October 25 – Huron Community Exchange Selection Day! Customers who brought in knit and crochet items the previous week can stop from 11 am to 1 pm to pick out “new to you” items. Trade-in items will be available for purchase to all customers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fill a bag with yarn for $ 5. Individual items will be sold for $ 1.

• Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Showcase of local authors. Come hear the creative accomplishments of writers from the Huron area and Beadle County. This event shines a light on the diverse and abundant talent that we have locally. Authors will have 30 minutes to speak and discuss their books. Books will be available for purchase. Authors featured include Sallianne Hines, Judy DeJean, Mark Smith, Jim Schmidt, Shirley Apley and Heidi Herman. This event will be available via ZOOM or in person. Please contact the library or check the library’s online calendar for the Zoom link.

The October adult book clubs are:
• The Mystery Book Club will meet on Thursday October 14 at 5:30 pm and the Seniors Center Book Club will meet on Friday October 15 at 10:15 am Both book clubs will read “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.

• The History Reading Club will meet on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 pm They will read “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.

For more information on this service, stop by the Huron Public Library or call 353-8530. You can visit the library web page, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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