As November approaches the year may be winding down, but at the Hillsboro library activities and events for the community are still going strong.
“We like offering a variety of programming for all ages as a way for families in the community to get together and have a fun time,” said circulation manager Sarah Davidson.
The month begins with the library’s fourth murder mystery party. It will be held this Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
“We still have plenty of spots open,” said Davidson. “The theme this time is Las Vegas. We invite people to try their luck with their detective skills and see if they can solve the ‘murder.’”
Davidson added that light refreshments will be provided. Preregistration is required. Interested patrons can sign up at the front desk.
“Our next event is an official NaNoWriMo ‘Come Write-In,’” said Davidson. The write-in is on Monday, Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
“NaNoWriMo stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month,’” Davidson explained. “Writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words — basically a novel — during the month of November. We wanted to set aside a day for anyone participating in NaNoWriMo to come to the library and share some fellowship with other writers as they all work on their novels.”
Davidson said that other library activities will also focus on special November holidays and observances.
“November is also National Diabetes Awareness Month,” she said. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. Ashley Grazilla, clinical dietitian/diabetes education coordinator from Highland District Hospital, will give a special presentation.
“We’re looking forward to having her come and teach us about diabetes and what it means in our lives or the lives of loved ones,” said Davidson.
The library will then celebrate National Games and Puzzles Week from Tuesday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 17. (The library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12.) Throughout the week, patrons can enjoy various games and activities at their own pace including: Library Guess Who, Literary Character Scavenger Hunt, Giant Yahtzee, and various card games and puzzles.
Also, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. patrons are invited to come to a Family Feud game.
“Due to the overwhelming response we’ve gotten for this event on Facebook, we’ve decided to do this program bracket-style,” Davidson said. “Four families will compete in three games to be the ultimate winner.”
There are still openings for two teams, Davidson added. Families will be added on a first-come, first-served basis.
“But even if you can’t play, we invite everyone to come and watch the game,” Davidson said. “It’s sure to be a fun-filled and entertaining evening.”
Davidson also said that in addition to these special events, the library also hosts monthly clubs.
“We have both adult and teen sections of our Fandom and Write-Away clubs,” Davidson said.
The Teen Fandom and Write-Away clubs will meet on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the library’s meeting room, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The Teen Fandom Club will play the game Geek Out! and the Teen Write-Away Club will work on a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words writing prompt.
The Adult Fandom Club will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The theme for the evening is the TV show “Charmed.” The Adult Write-Away Club will meet the following Monday, Nov. 26, also at 5:30 p.m. and will share and discuss their current writing projects.
“We also have a Comic Book Club,” Davidson said. “It’s like a book club, except we read graphic novels. This month’s read is ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.’”
Davidson added that this is an adult club.
For more information on these clubs, library special events, or other programming, visit the library’s Facebook page at Highland County District Library of Ohio.
Submitted by Sarah Allen, Highland County District Library.