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Patterson Library closing out October with Halloween events for all

October 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

With the announcement of two programs, Halloween is front and center in Patterson Library's programming for the final stretch of October. The library will host a special Halloween storytime as well as a weekly costuming workshop leading up to Halloween.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Patterson Library will welcome professional storyteller Annemarie Jason to tell spooky stories. The event will begin at 1 p.m., where attendees will be treated to free "spooky treats" and can create Halloween-themed crafts. At 2 p.m., Jason will bring her acclaimed stories to Westfield families. Attendees of the storytime are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes. The event will be free and open to all ages.

Annemarie Jason is from the Buffalo area. Jason has been a storyteller since 1985 and has performed at various libraries, museums and festivals, including the Toronto Storytelling Festival. In 2013, Jason began studying voice acting through Voice Coaches, an Albany based company.

For those who do not have a costume ready to bring to the storytime, the Patterson Library has already begun its weekly costuming workshop. Every Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., people of all ages are invited to attend the library's Costuming and Makeup Workshop. Attendees will be able to receive tutorials on how to create their own costume as well as select from free supplies and tools to make that costume a reality.

"Many, myself included, are enthusiastic about Halloween," said Finley Paige Gelsimino, who will be leading the workshop. "I wanted to use my experience making costumes to show people how they can be made cheaper than the more expensive options as well as how to apply face makeup safely."

For further questions regarding the events, contact the library at 326-2154.

The Patterson Library has been serving the community of Westfield since 1896. Through the volunteer work of the Helping Hands and the philanthropic generosity of the Patterson Society, the library has been able to maintain the century-old building as well as offer 424 programs to the community of Westfield in 2015. Later this October, the Patterson Society will begin its annual fall drive to raise funds for library programs and materials. To stay up to date on the library's offerings, subscribe to its email newsletter of the home page of



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