Bartow County's libraries are heading into fall with a birthday celebration and some seasonal activities.
The employees at the Cartersville branch are wishing their lovable dragon mascot, Booksby, a happy second birthday by throwing him a party Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library at 429 W. Main St.
The staff is inviting all kids up to age 12 to drop by Booksby's Birthday Bookday and receive a free book of their choice and a sweet treat.
Partygoers also are encouraged to create a card or draw a picture for Booksby and bring it with them to hang on his birthday wall. Kids who participate will receive a Booksby sticker and get to pick something from the candy box.
To kick off the scariest time of the year, the Adairsville branch is sponsoring Spooktober Bingo for its adult patrons during the entire month of October.
"Right now with COVID-19 limiting most of our programs, our library systems are looking for ways to interact with our communities and still comply with social distancing guidelines," library assistant Emma Dailey said. "We have had to be creative with our programs, and this one just came to mind. A large majority of our readers love thriller/horror novels so I thought it would be the perfect time to do a bingo game centered around that time of year."
Patrons can stop by the library at 202 N. Main St. to pick up a bingo sheet or screenshot it after it's posted on the library's Facebook and Instagram pages anytime during the month to participate.
"When patrons complete a line or row of the board completely, they will bring me the board for proof or can submit their screenshots through DMs [direct messages] on social media platforms," Dailey said. "The spaces on the bingo card are activities they need to do or something like 'read a Stephen King novel' or 'read a book with an orange cover.' You will have to provide me with each title that you read/the activity you completed to cover each square."
Anyone who completes a line or row for bingo will win a small prize and an entry into a drawing for a larger prize to be given away on Halloween.
"If you want to go all out and complete the entire bingo board, there will be a separate drawing for those individuals as well," Dailey said.
Prizes will be a "mix of candy/book goodies and gift cards," she added.
"We are excited to have people participate in this program," she said. "We hope everyone enjoys it."
Another monthlong activity for October will be the Halloween/Fall Yard Decorating Contest.
Whether decorating to scare the bejeebers out of the neighbors' kids on Halloween or opting for a cozier autumn display of scarecrows, pumpkins and hay bales, the library wants to see photos and/or videos of Bartow residents' yards this season.
Submissions will be posted on the library's Facebook page, and winners will receive a prize.
Decorators should email their photos and videos, phone number and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are rules about what can and cannot be shown in the photos.
Entries may not contain content that is sexually explicit or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; shows nudity; promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons or the use of any of the foregoing; promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; or defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies.
Youngsters ages 8-12 who want to try out their culinary skills will want to check the library's Facebook page for this month's Kids Cook recipe, M&M Cookie Bites.
The preteen chefs will need to have 4 cups of rolled oats, 8 tablespoons of honey, 1 cup of peanut butter, M&Ms, sprinkles and 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract on hand while viewing the video that shows how to make the no-bake cookies.
Crafters who enjoy autumn will want to participate in Fall in Love with Crafting: DIY Fall Wreath this week.
Patrons should pick up a free take-home kit available at all branches Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, while supplies last, then tune into the library's Facebook page Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. to view an instructional video on how to make the wreath.
The kits will include the materials needed to make it — the wreath form, burlap, felt embellishments and any other special items added by the librarian hosting the program — but scissors, hot-glue guns and other tools needed for putting it together will need to be provided by each crafter.
A list of needed materials and tools will be attached to the kit.