The Haunted Library 2018

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This Tuesday evening, families gathered in the Learning Village library for a spook-tacular Halloween celebration. From the event invitation, shared earlier this month:

On Tuesday, October 30th, the Learning Village Library will be opening its doors for a one-night-only, creepy and creative, frightening family event! Inspired by the novel The Graveyard Book, (our first book club of the year!), our St. Anne’s-Belfield School Learning Village community is invited to come and celebrate Halloween together with a pop-up family event.

Students in the 5th and 6th grade Haunted Library FABLab have been working since August on creepy projects inspired by the award-winning novel. From hand-painted gravestones to carefully coded Micro:bits, these Halloween projects and games will be on display for families to interact with and enjoy*. Ghostly middle school guides will be available to show guests around the spooky space, while horrifying helpers lead craft and game stations. And special guests will share spine-chilling stories for ghouls of all ages!

To our devilish delight, more than 200 members St. Anne’s-Belfield community packed the library on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 5th and 6th graders creativity and hard work. Guests tried their luck at a creepy game of Musical Scares, interacted with graveyard scenes brought to life using MakeyMakey and Micro:Bit, enjoyed a Halloween readers’ theater, and more.

The best part? Watching the middle school makers, guides, and volunteers show off their creations with so much pride. Whether expaining the code behind a MakeyMakey creation or talking through how they created real, working hinges on their giant coffin, 5th and 6th graders were collaborating, problem-solving, and enjoying the pride and ownership that comes with working hard to make an event work.

Thank you so much to all of our Haunted Library attendees! And a special thank you – and a major pat on the back – to the 5th and 6th grade students that made it all possible. Amazing work, ghouls! I’ll leave you with what was perhaps the most popular station of the night – the Skelly Selfie Booth. Enjoy!

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