Reading is the sweetness of this Halloween – Shaw Local

Trips to the grocery store over the past two weeks have shown that Halloween preparations are in full swing.

Decorations and clothing are on display. Pumpkins and squashes are arranged in boxes and on pallets. Shelves and bins are filled with every type of candy imaginable. Chocolate and nuts, nougat and caramel. All those sweets.

Many families hand out candy to cheaters on Halloween, but the Batavia Public Library has a sugar-free choice to hand out to all the little ghosts and goblins. This is a coupon good for a free children’s book, young adult book, or paperback.

This Halloween, gift reading, learning and exploring with All Hallows’ Read coupons. Think of it as brain candy.

Launched by author Neil Gaiman, who has written books such as ‘Stardust’, ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’, All Hallows’ Read aims to put books in the hands of children and teens.

All Hallows’ Read coupons make great Halloween treats, on their own or as an addition to the traditional, sugary goodies handed out to tricksters.

These coupons are sold in sheets of 10 for $2.50 per sheet. Just take them apart to place one in each little bag or pumpkin. It’s a treat you can feel good about doling out.

All Hallows’ Read coupons will be sold from October 1 to October 31 at the library.

Coupons can be purchased at checkout; at the Friends of the Batavia Public Library book sale on October 8; and during BatFest Stories at the library on October 29. The book sale is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 8 in the FriendSpace on the lower level of the library. BatFest Stories and Parade is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to noon on October 29 at the library. Learn more about this event at

Children and teens can redeem their coupons at one of Friends’ monthly book sales. Or, redeem coupons in the Friends Book Corner on the upper level of the library any day of the week. Simply bring your coupon and book selection to checkout to redeem.

This Halloween, give a treat that lasts longer and is more satisfying than the time it takes youngsters to swallow it. Deliver the delicious pleasure of reading and open up a world of possibilities for young minds.

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