WAXAHACHIE — Nicholas P. Sims Library invites the community to enjoy a “spooktacular” time at its Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 8. The annual festival started over ten years ago and was the idea of teen librarian and Waxahachie native, Connie Coulston who coordinates the festival with the help of children’s librarian, Holly Browning.

“It begins at 10 a.m., and we normally run it for about an hour or an hour and a half depending on if people are still busy or not,” Browning stated.

The Friends of Sims Library, a support group for the library and lyceum raises money to fund this annual event.

“They raised the money and are purchasing the pumpkins, candy and supplies,” Browning explained. “We usually buy about 30 pumpkins and each family gets one pumpkin, until supplies last of course. We always have plenty.”

Candy, cookies, punch and other refreshments will be available.

“The kids will be able to paint their pumpkin and for the younger children, we have stick on faces that they can use. They get to take them home,” Browning said.

If the weather cooperates, the festival will be held outside on the library’s lawn.

“Of course our teen group is very active of course because they love their library. They are going to be running some carnival activities, helping kids, setting up all of the games and having fun. The kids will be able to make their own slime to take home,” Browning said.

As well as carnival activities, Browning will read a Halloween story on the second floor of the library on the stage.

“The staff will all be dressed up. Kind of like what we do at Easter, it’s just our way to invite people to the library that haven’t been here to see what we do, that it is a fun place and that we don’t shush people here. We’re often loud,” Browning joked.

Browning encourages children and parents to wear their Halloween costume if they already have purchased one.

“We want to invite the whole community out to have a great time with us. We hope to bring in new library members as well as seeing familiar faces of those who are already members,” Coulston explained. “Our library isn’t just about the books, we hold events and strive to stay involved with the community.”

Nicholas P. Sims Library & Lyceum is located at 515 W Main St, Waxahachie, TX. For further questions regarding the fall festival, library, or other events please call (972) 937-2671.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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