Southampton Free Library, 947 Street Road in Southampton, announced the following events for October:
A Story Stroll is set up in Tamanend Park, 1255 2nd Street Pike in Southampton, for all ages to enjoy. A Story Stoll separates a picture book into several different interactive stops and spreads them out along a walk for a socially distant activity. The Story Stroll is located on the paved path between the bird blind and the farmhouse and across from the Carriage House. Story is changed monthly.
The October Take & Make is Pinecone Owl Ornament. All supplies are provided. One-hundred kits will be available at the Service Desk in honor of the library’s 100th anniversary.
Friday In-Person Storytime takes place Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 10:30 a.m. Join to read, sing and dance through storytime. Children ages 0-5 are welcome. Registration required. Space is limited.
Virtual Art with Ms. Leigh takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, at 3:30 p.m. Join to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Create sugar skull crafts. All supplies will be provided. Best for elementary aged children 7-plus. This class is taught virtually. Registration required. Adults are welcome.
Virtual Music and Motion with Ms. Nancy takes place Mondays, Oct. 4, 18 and 25, at 10:30 a.m. Ages birth and up are invited to sing, dance and move with Ms. Nany, a professional music teacher experienced in parent-child music programs.
Virtual October Storytime takes place Tuesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 10:30 a.m. Join to read, rhyme, sing and dance. Register online to receive Zoom information.
Couch to 5K Run takes place Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Join to complete the Couch to 5K training with a full 5K run. Participants have a choice of being timed or not. Meet at the parking lot in Tamanend Park next to the barn and run along the new Rail Trail.
Virtual Genealogy Workshop takes place Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. Join on Zoom as Susan Koelble, a retired professional genealogist, leads a workshop on genealogical research and assists participants with their own research. Register online to receive the Zoom link.
Come Play Mah Jongg takes place Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 1 p.m. Seasoned players and beginners are welcome. Beginners can play or observe. Bring Mah Jongg set and card if you have them.
What’s Hot and What’s Not in Antiques takes place Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. Join Bill D’Anjolell, author of My Antiques Journey and president of the Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association, as he gives anecdotal stories from his book, including what antiques are hot or not. Followed by author Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Register online for this in-person event.
Evening Book Club takes place Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6:45 p.m. This month’s reading is Circe by Madeline Miller. Join for a lively discussion.
Monster Mash Escape Room takes place Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. You wanted to learn how to do the Monster Mash, but you didn’t realize it would be from real monsters. Now, you have 45 minutes to try and get out of Igor’s Dance Dungeon. Can you dance your way out? This escape room is intended for ages 5 and up. Guardians must accompany children. This escape room allows for multiple household registrations, with a maximum of 10 children. All children must be registered. Guardians do not need to register.
Spooky Escape Room takes place Friday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Join for a spooky-themed escape room for teens and adults created by the library’s own teen volunteers. Will you be able to outsmart them and solve their puzzle? You have 45 minutes to escape. This escape room is intended for ages 12 and up. It allows for multiple household registrations, with a maximum of 10 attendees.
Adult In-Person Coloring takes place Thursday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. Join each third Thursday of the month.
Mad Science: Dry Ice Capades takes place Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to the scientific concepts of phase changes and states of matter. They will witness the phenomenon of sublimation as the unique properties of dry ice and the spectacular “smoke” it creates are demonstrated. Participants will learn that dry ice is really frozen CO2 and will experience the Mad Science burp, a display of bubbling potions and a spooky Halloween scene. Best for elementary children ages 7-plus. Masks required.
Lynn Levin: Author takes place Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. The public is invited to a reading and book signing celebrating the publication of The Minor Virtues by Southampton author and 1999 Bucks County Poet Laureate Lynn Levin. Pre-packaged refreshments will be served.
A Night with Poe in the Park takes place Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Join at Pavilion Number 1 in Tamanend Park for a night of Edgar Allen Poe. Listen to John Dern, a Temple University professor, give dramatic readings of “The Raven,” “The Black Cat” and another poem to be determined. Enjoy this fireside presentation with hot drinks. Dern will answer questions about Poe. Registration required. Space is limited. In case of rain, the program will be held in the library’s downstairs Community Room.
Annual Cemetery Walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. Join for a walk on Halloween weekend and learn some local history. This year, explore the cemetery of the North and Southampton Reformed Church. Visit the grave site of the victims of the 1921 Bryn Athyn train wreck. It was this train wreck that led to the creation of the Southampton Free Library and why it’s celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Meet at the parking lot of the church, 1380 Bristol Road. No registration required.
What’s Cooking at the Library: Ghooouulash takes place Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. There’s nothing scary about using an Instant Pot to make goulash for Halloween dinner. Using an Instant Pot will allow you to quickly make a delicious meal while you’re running out for last minute treats or finishing up the kids’ costumes. Join Kitchen Wizards on Zoom to learn how to make this tasty recipe. List of ingredients and recipes will be emailed out a week before class to registrants if you want to cook along.
Call 215-322-1415 or visit southamptonfreelibrary.org to register or for more information.