All Treats and No Tricks

Things always seem a little strange around Halloween, and as we all know, this year is particularly strange. Even though we continue with limited hours and curbside hold pickups, we still have exciting things going on here at the Library. No demons, witches or the pandemic can deter us from sharing our treats with the community.

If you come to visit us in the building, check out our “New Nightmares” and “Don’t Read These After Dark” displays, featuring movies new to our collection during the past year and classic (and not-so-classic) horror stories from a variety of authors. If you prefer to stay at home, you can place a hold on any of the display items on the Find Your Next…Book and Find Your Next…Video pages. Both Hoopla and Kanopy have movies and music that will send chills down your spine or make you howl with laughter. And if you are craving sweets that aren’t spooky, we have a display of music by this year’s inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In place of our usual Haunted Library event for kids, we are offering “Book Trick or Treat” starting Monday, Oct. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 31. Kids age 12 and under can wear their costumes to the Library to receive free books. Come in to the library from 9 to 11 a.m. and/or drive through our curbside service starting at 11 a.m. until we close- at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We are also participating in Leavenworth Main Street’s Safe Trick or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with more free books and candy in the Library’s East parking lot (along 4th Street).

In-person programs would be frightful right now, so we continue to offer them online. All kids and teen programs are presented on Facebook Live at Check our archived programs if you aren’t able to join us live.

  • Storytime: Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.
  • Lapsit (six to 18 months): Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Teen Time: Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
  • It’s Elementary: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Our next program for adults is a real treat: “The Legacy of RBG” on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Watch the documentary RBG – available for free with your Leavenworth library card on hoopla or Kanopy – prior to the program. Then join our discussion of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifelong crusade of equal justice for everyone impacts all of our lives. The discussion will be led by Leavenworth attorney Carol Hall. To participate, email or call 913-682-5666 ext. 5100.

Creatures of the night are no match for the power of your library card. As Bela Lugosi’s Dracula said to Jonathan Harker, “I bid you….welcome” – to the castle of horrors and delights offered at the library, whether you come in to see us or choose to trick or treat from afar.