Through the Woods: Stories

October Teen Social Roundup

October Teen Social Roundup

Did you know that the Library has an Instagram account JUST for teens? We post fun things like craft ideas and book recommendations along with announcements for special programs. Here is a round up of some of the topics and events we posted in October, if you like what you see, give us a follow at so you do not miss out!


We made some Spooky Crafts, including Halloween Popcorn and Painted Mason Jar Lanterns!

Halloween Popcorn

Making your popcorn Halloween themed is easy! You just need some candy melts and sprinkles to spookify this easy to make treat.

Banner for Popcorn Craft
image with the text you will need: 1/2 cup orange candy melts, 1/2 cup black candy melts, 12 cups plain popcorn, halloween sprinkles
you will need: microwave safe bowls, spoons, tongs, pan lined with parchment paper
step one: melt your candy melts in microwave according to the instruction on the bag. Spread the popcorn out onto the pan
step two: use a spoon to drizzle the candy melts over the popcorn. Use tongs to coat the popcorn
step three: add sprinkles before candy hardens. Let sit for 20 minutes.
You're Done!

Take and Make

Our October Painted Mason Jar Lantern Take and Make kits were very popular, we ran out within the first four days of putting them out! If you missed the kits, we do have a list of supplies and instructions in the caption for our corresponding YouTube video if you’d like to make them at home.

librarian holding take and make kit
contents of take and make kit

Keep an eye out for our November Take and Make kit announcement!


We Need Diverse Books

We highlighted some new October YA books to keep an eye out for by Asian, Black, and Hispanix authors:

image of book covers of new october YA Books by Asian Authors. The books pictured are The shadow Mission by Shamin Sarif, This is All Your Fault byt Arniah Mae Safi, My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Pantuzzo, God Storm by Coco Ma, Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao, The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, and Monstress by Marjore Liu.
image of book covers of new october YA Books by Latinx Authors. The books pictured are The Cup and the Prince by Day Leitao, Come On In by Adi Aisaid, and Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
image of book covers of new october YA Books by Black Authors. The books pictured are Class Act by Jerry Craft, Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron, Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi, and the Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Haruna Attah

Spooky Books

Looking for a good spooky read?

Mini Book Review of Cemtery Boys by Aiden Thomas. 4 and a half stars. This book is full of fun, ghost filled adventures in LA, perfect for the October season! It also is about strong friendships, living as your true self, and that traditions can be altered to make room for others. Review from Lizzy
image of book covers titled spooky reads. The books pictured are Through theh Woods, by Emily Carroll, Odd & True by Cat Winters, Contagion by Erin Bowman, The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Scarlett Hart by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, and The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
Mini Book Review of The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh. 4 stars. Set in 1872 New Orleans, this book follows Celine as she navigates the dangerously beautiful underbelly of the city known as the Court of the Lions. Read this one for gruesome murders, vampires, and romance. Review from Macklin
Mini Book Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. 5 stars. A spooky graphic novel of short stories that will get you in the mood for Halloween. I loved the beautiful artwork and the dark fairy tale-like stories. Get ready for cellar monsters, creepy houses, and pitch dark woods. Review from Jen

Witchy Books

We also made this handy flowchart for finding your next witchy read:


Witchy Reads image description

If you’d like to see a full list of witchy reads that we recommend, check all our witchy reads out here.

Want to join in the fun on our Discord server? Anyone aged 13-19 who lives in Monroe County can sign up for Discord here.

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