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Families: Make Halloween masks at Whatcom County libraries

Children can make Halloween masks of all sorts.
Children can make Halloween masks of all sorts. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Get ready for trick-or-treating with free mask-making events at several Whatcom Council Library System locations as Halloween approaches.

Among the first of the programs is this weekend at Everson Public Library with Evie Harman, youth focus assistant. It’s from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Oct. 10, at 104 Kirsch Drive.

Harman said each county library branch conducts its own program, but they are all similar. Libraries provide supplies, such as paper, glue and glitter, and have helpers to offer technical expertise and encourage creativity.

“We read a story, usually with a Halloween theme, and then supplies galore,” Harman said. “We’ve had really fun masks over the years, some amazing and creative ones.”

She recalled a mask with an origami-theme design from several years ago that was particularly impressive.

“We had a beautiful musk ox, that they folded and cut,” she said.

As for Halloween stories, Harman recommends the fun new book “From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!” written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky and illustrated by Julia Patton. Harman will read the book for the program Saturday.

“It reads just like a picture book, but it’s nonfiction,” she said.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or Tweeting @bhamMitty.


Free one-hour programs are offered at these libraries. All supplies are provided, including some templates. Recommended age is 4 to 11, but older and younger siblings are welcome. Details: 360-305-3600 or

Deming Library: 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Oct. 10.

Island Library: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

Lynden Library: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Sumas Library: 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

South Whatcom Library: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24

North Fork Library: 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29


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