pumpkin bash logoPumpkin Bash: A Children’s Book Festival

Even though our traditional festival will not happen in its usual magnitude, the Library isn’t missing an opportunity to advance literacy! This year, Pumpkin Bash will be a fun scavenger hunt with the entire family.

Print off this page or pick one up from your local branch. Check off at least 7 of 10 the items below throughout the month of October. When you are finished, bring the completed page to your local branch during open hours of the last week of October (Monday, October 26 – Saturday, October 31). Every child who completes the Scavenger Hunt will receive a FREE BOOK, while supplies last.

Have fun! And remember, asking a librarian for help is not cheating – it’s encouraged!

1.    What is the title of your favorite book?  Who is the author? 

2.    Ask an adult to help you use the Library catalog at the top of this page. Search for the book, We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt. Who is the author?

3.    What is your favorite magazine in the Library? Did you know you can check out old issues with Library card?

4.    Read Finding Kindness during the Downtown Story Time Stroll in downtown West Monroe! 

5.    Find a book with awesome illustrations. What is the title of the book and what is the illustrator’s name? 

6.    Read a book on TumbleBooks or TumbleBookCloud, Jr. What book did you read?

7.    With your adult, attend a virtual story time on the Library’s Facebook page (watch live at 4 p.m. Thursday or watch the recorded version afterward). Say hello in the comments!

8.    Who is your favorite book character? 

9.    Play outside in the fall weather! You can play in your yard or at one of our community’s beautiful parks.

10.   Color the pumpkin on the coloring sheet (you can print out the file below or pick one up at your local branch). 

 

 

Click here to download the file to print out: PDF iconPumpkin Bash Scavenger Hunt and Coloring Pages.pdf

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Pumpkin Bash: Scavenger Hunt

Pumpkin Bash: Scavenger Hunt

Pumpkin Bash: A Children’s Book Festival

Even though our traditional festival will not happen in its usual magnitude, the Library isn’t missing an opportunity to advance literacy! This year, Pumpkin Bash will be a fun scavenger hunt with the entire family.

Check off at least 7 of 10 the items in the scavenger hunt throughout the month of October. When you are finished, bring the completed page to your local branch during open hours of the last week of October (Monday, October 26 – Saturday, October 31). Every child who completes the Scavenger Hunt will receive a FREE BOOK, while supplies last. You can pick up a page from your local branch, or print one out here.

Have fun! And remember, asking a librarian for help is not cheating – it’s encouraged!

Click here for details on Pumpkin Bash.

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Downtown Story Time Stroll

Downtown Story Time Stroll

Free family fun! Stroll along downtown West Monroe and read a book together in the beautiful fall weather. The Ouachita Parish Public Library and the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group invite the public to explore downtown West Monroe during a walkable story time. During the month of October, 16 merchants will display pages from the book Finding Kindness written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Irene Chan in their windows along Trenton, Wood and Commerce Streets.

The book begins at for His temple family foods (315 Wood Street) and ends at The Nude Nomad (222 Trenton Street). After reading the book, families are encouraged to shop local and apply for Library cards at the West Monroe Branch (315 Cypress Street). Anyone who lives or works in Ouachita Parish may receive a Library card, no matter their age. To get a Library card, patrons should bring in proof of identification and proof of address to any of the 10 branches in the Parish.
Participating merchants include:

  • for His temple
  • Kayla's Kitchen
  • Trenton Street Antiques
  • Shoppes at Cotton Port
  • Just Peachy
  • The Spice & Tea Exchange
  • First Glimpse
  • Walsworth & Company
  • The Rialto Arts Center
  • Cotton Port Antique Mall
  • The Hamilton House
  • Eleven 26
  • Potpourri de Tante Marie
  • Trenton House
  • Commerce Street Market
  • The Nude Nomad

Finding Kindness is a picture book that celebrates all the ways people can be kind to one another.

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