Steve Brewer of the Upstate Paranormal Society will visit the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, to talk about ghost hunting. He will talk about the fundamentals of ghost hunting, bring along ghost hunting equipment to see, discuss types of hauntings and the “three pillars of ghost hunting,” and will play audio of voice phenomenon captured during an investigation.
Our science-oriented Storytimes on Saturdays will feature topics perfect for Halloween! Saturday Stories and STEAM, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, will have activities and stories about bats. Saturday Stories and STEAM offers stories for 3- to 5-year-olds, along with various stations featuring science, technology, arts and math for children and parents to explore. Science Saturday, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, will feature Monster Slime. It’s for children ages 6 through 9. Registration is needed for both programs.
Cool, crisp autumn nights are perfect for stargazing – and a faculty member and astronomy enthusiast from Syracuse University will visit Seymour Library this month to help amateur astronomers learn more about what they’re looking at. Dr. Damian Allis, director of CNY Observers and Observing, a group that promotes amateur astronomy and space science in Central New York, will be at the library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. He’ll talk about the history and locations of the most prominent constellations of the season, an easy way to begin to learn all of the constellations, the real importance of the Zodiac, and assorted tips and tricks for stargazing, even if, as he puts it, “the only equipment you bring are the 1 x 7 mm binoculars built into your head.” Remember, too, that you can borrow a tabletop telescope from Seymour Library – it’s in fairly constant demand, but you can easily put a hold on it. To find it, just search our catalog for “telescope,” or ask for help at the Main Desk.
Storytime isn’t just for little kids anymore – now it’s for babies, too! Our newest Storytime, Babies and Books, will be offered weekly at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, beginning Oct. 5. The program is for babies from birth to age 1 and will feature simple board books and picture books, nursery rhymes, songs and movement. Babies and Books will follow the same schedule as our other Storytimes, so when there’s a break between Storytime sessions or a school holiday (such as Columbus Day on Monday, Oct. 12), there won’t be a Babies and Books session. No registration is required.
Bats are in abundance this time of year – at least in terms of Halloween decorations – and so there’s no better time to learn more about these valuable, often misunderstood creatures. A nature educator from Baltimore Woods will visit the Children’s Room at 6 p.m. First Friday, Oct. 2, and reveal amazing facts about the winged, nighttime visitors. (Although our friends at Baltimore Woods sometimes bring a live animal along to illustrate their talk, they will not be bringing one to the bat talk.) As an added bonus, local author Crystal Keogan will stop by at 5:30 p.m. to sign her book “Skit, Skit, Skitterarich,” which features another kind of mammal. Books also will be available for purchase. Registration is needed only for the nature program; sign up in the Children’s Room or give us a call.