Welcome to The Herald-News’ Will County Inside/Outside Guide. Each week, Features Editor Denise M. Baran-Unland (@Denise_Unland61) highlights a few ideas for you to enjoy your weekend (and beyond) in Will County.
And welcome again (finally!) to my monthly library picks.
Libraries offer a variety of programs and activities for people of all ages. Here are some good ones to check out this weekend.
The Frankfort Public Library is offering a scary story contest through Oct. 15. It’s open to kids in kindergarten through the fifth grade. For more information, visit frankfortlibrary.org.
Bob Ross Paint Night
WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood
INFO: All paint supplies will be provided to paint along with Bob Ross or bring your own supplies. Adults only. Register at shorewoodtroylibrary.libnet.info/events.
Teen Take and Make: Spooky Graham Cracker House
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Plainfield Public Library District,15025 S. Illinois St. Plainfield.
INFO: Kids ages 6 to 12 can up a graham cracker kit at the library to decorate their own spooky house at home. When done, they should bring their creations back to the library to be displayed and entered into the contest. All entries will receive a ribbon and one fan favorite will win a gift card. Kits are first come, first served, and limited to the quantity available. Kits cannot be reserved in advance. The calendar will be updated once the kits are gone. For more information, visit plainfieldpubliclibrary.org or contact Tracey Vittorio at email@example.com or 815-439-2877.
TinkerCAD Challenge: Jack-O-Lantern
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: New Lenox Library,
INFO: Kids grades 6 to 12: challenge yourself with 3D printing projects. Watch the Challenge video, log into TinkerCAD, and create your Challenge design. Submit your 3D design for a free print from the library in the color of your choice. A TinkerCAD account is required; only an email is needed to create an account. Registration required; recommended by the first of the month for that month’s Challenge. Links to the Challenge are sent out after registration. For more information, contact Samantha Sliwa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-485-2605 ext127.
Community Blood Drive
WHEN: noon to 4 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road, Joliet
INFO: The blood drive will be held on the Versiti mobile coach in the library’s parking lot. Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a time, visit versiti.org/IL or call 800-7TO-GIVE. A photo ID is required. For more information, visit jolietlibrary.org.
Friday Fun Days
WHEN: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Fossil Ridge Public Library District, 386 W. Kennedy Road, Braidwood
INFO: Show off your competitive side with your friends. Board games and video games provided. For more information, visit fossilridge.org or contact Sarah Hopf at 815-458-2187 ext. 103 or SHopf@fossilridge.org.
A Night of Music with Brandon James
WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: White Oak Library District, 201 Normantown Road, Romeville
INFO: Tap your feet. Sing along. Get up and dance. Adults. Register at whiteoaklibrary.org. For more information, contact Tina Williams at 815-552-4247 or email@example.com. Check out James’ music at youtube.com/user/branddo20/videos.
Let’s Learn About Our Solar System!
WHEN: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook
INFO: Story and craft about the galaxy. Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. To register, visit fountaindale.org. For more information, call 630-759-2102.
Fall Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Throgh Oct. 16
WHERE: Three Rivers Library District, 25207 W Channon Drive, Channahon and 109 N Wabena Ave. Minooka
INFO: There are sneaky fall critters hiding in the Channahon and Minooka libraries. Find them all and turn your sheet in for a prize. For ages 2 to 12. For more information, visit trpld.org/event/5498492.
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