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By Bianca Jorgensen
Sweetwater County Library System 

Monstrous events are coming to the library


Are you afraid of the dark? Or are you afraid of what’s hidden in the dark? What kind of monsters could be lurking there? 

Find out by joining the staff of the Sweetwater County Library for upcoming monsterific events and come face to face with your worst fears.

October is upon us and with that comes a multitude of great programs for the patrons of Sweetwater County. We kick off the first week of October with a mini-Monster Con on Thursday Oct. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. Hosted by the library in Green River, the mini-Monster Con includes a variety of activities, demonstrations, and discussion panels that will be available all evening to those brave enough to attend. 

We invite participants to “Face Your Fears” by attending a series of ghoulish make-up demonstrations. Learn various make-up techniques and costume ideas to help in creating your very own monster costume.  

Also, stop by the following stations, “Howl at the Moon” for werewolf enthusiasts, “Day of the Dead” for those with a sweet tooth (fang), or “Find your Familiar,” broom parking will be provided. In keeping with the true spirit of hosting a Con(ference), we will have two discussion panels that evening. “Monster Legends” will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m., panelists include the cast and crew of Nyte Terrors, creators and operators of a haunt in Rock Springs. They will share about the legends and lore surrounding monster legends such as the witch, vampire, werewolf, and more.  Question and answer to follow.  Next, join a group of dedicated fans and survivalists for “A-talk-alypse.”  

Panelists will discuss survival in a zombie apocalypse, topics such as weapons, food storage, locations, who is in your group based on their skillset, and more. During the question and answer portion, present your own plan to see if it holds up under pressure. It probably won’t.  

All of this is in preparation for Saturday.

Get ready to get your ghoul on with the Monster Walk Parade. We have strictly zombied out for the last several years, this year we invite all manner of monster to attend. Creatures will meet in front of the library at 4:30 p.m. for the downtown walk that begins promptly at 5 p.m.

One can of food for a local Food Bank donation is all it takes to participate. The walk will be followed by a costume contest in Centennial Park.

We encourage monsters of all ages to participate in the parade and costume contest. The categories for the costume contest include scariest, creepiest couple, and two judges’ choice awards, one for contestants 12 years of age and under, the other for contestants 13 years and older. There is a new addition to our festivities this year, we will have a float in our walk/parade.

The Nyte Terrors group will join us this year with their award winning scary float and their mascot Meg who is truly a sight to behold. We hope lots of patrons come out to catch kooky candies and witness the freakish festivities.   

That’s not all, fright fans. Once we wrap up at the park and shamble back to the library, creatures high school-aged and up will rock out at Monster Fest 2014.

Jam to the groovy sounds of Primary Source, the rock of Klamb, and the face melting hard core metal sounds of Paralys, and Miscreations of Man. Admission is one can of food.  

This is truly one of my favorite times of the year. It is by far the busiest and no doubt with the lineup of programs and event we have for our patrons. 

Things to look for include, the Metaphysical Fair on Oct. 8, Tom May musical performance on Oct. 9, the Harry Potter Party on Oct. 11, the Library Foundation Fundraiser Costume Party “Come as you Aren’t” on Oct. 11, the Poetry Jam on Oct. 17, the first ever Ghost Jam on Oct. 18, the October Ghost Walk on Oct. 25.

Tickets for the event go on sale today, as well as the silent auction to win a private Ghost Walk inside the library on Halloween Night.

For more information on these programs and others throughout the library system, visit the library webpage, call, or stop by the libraries.


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