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Treat the kids to a book this Halloween

Aug 30, 2016 12:34PM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

When Batman, Spiderman, Anna, and Elsa ring your doorbell this Halloween, give them a treat they can enjoy longer than a piece of candy. Give them a coupon for a free children’s book redeemable at a Friends’ book sale.

Why books for Halloween? Author Neil Gaiman initiated a celebration in 2010 called “All Hallows’ Read.” Its premise is to give someone a scary book for Halloween. The Friends joined the celebration in 2013, encouraging adults to give children and teens a book of their choice for Halloween. Books sold by the Friends are gently used in good to excellent condition.

Book coupons (sheets of 10 for S2.50) will be sold at the Check Out Desk, Oct. 1–31. The Friends also will sell book coupons at the Oct. 8 book sale in the FriendSpace and during BatFest Stories and Parade at the Library, Oct. 22.

Each coupon can be redeemed by a child or teen for a free children’s or young adult book, either at a FriendSpace book sale held on the second Saturday of every month (except June), or from the Friends’ Book Corner across from the Check Out Desk whenever the Library is open. Children and teens selecting a book from the Book Corner should bring it and the coupon to the Check Out Desk. Coupons purchased this October are good through Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information about “All Hallows’ Read” book coupons or the Friends organization, write to Friends@BataviaPublicLibrary.org.

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