The Curry Coastal Pilot

Here it is, October, and that means the annual Painted or Decorated Pumpkin Contest at the Chetco Community Public Library will soon be under way.

According to Brenda Jacques, our reference librarian, the time is ripe to transform your pumpkin into something magical!

Bring your painted or decorated pumpkins to the library between Oct. 20 and 27. Judging and winners will be announced on Oct. 28. Come in and vote for your favorite Patrons' Choice in the childrens and adults categories.

Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, most creative and funniest categories and the different sections will be for ages 5 and younger, ages 6-11, 12-17 and 18 and older. Remember, no carving please because the climatized environment in the library causes open pumpkins to deteriorate quickly.

Donations for book sale

Please bring your book donations into the library during regular hours as next month there will be the annual fall book sale, happening this year during the Community Christmas Bazaar on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12. Book Sale hours will be listed next month in this column and donations of your gently used books, videos, DVDs and CDs, tapes or records will be much appreciated now through Nov. 5.

Children's activities

Dori Blodgett tells us about the schedule for October for the children. After school crafts programs will be at 4 p.m. Tuesdays with the following crafts to be made: Oct. 4, Edible Bird Nests; Oct. 11, Wax Paper Window Art; Oct. 18; Sweater Hats; and Oct. 25, Flying Ghosties.

For the young children, Storytimes are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and on Oct. 5, it will be Falling Leaves; Oct. 12, Windy Day; Oct. 19, Bats Are Flying; and on Oct. 26, Five Little Pumpkins.

Ghost Stories Night

Completing Halloween month will be the annual Ghost Stories Night! Come in costume as, once again, first grade teacher Dan Rotterman will open the night with ghoulish poems assisted by his many alumni of attending first graders. We will then hear Miss Dori and her volunteers read library stories from the Halloween collection and sing spooky songs.

Refreshments will be served following the program at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

New books on the shelves

Some new books added to the fiction section are:

andbull;"Kill Me If You Can" by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. When a young man finds a bag of diamonds, he gets the attention of the major assassin, the Ghost, and a rival assassin who wants the Ghost gone forever.

andbull;"A Trick of the Light" by Louise Penny. Called to a case, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of homicide encounters a world where nothing is as it seems.

andbull;"Flash and Bones" by Kathy Reichs. A turbocharged case unfolds for the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the series behind the show "Bones."

andbull;"Only Time Will Tell" by Jeffrey Archer. The first volume of the Clifton Chronicles tells the story of one family across generations and oceans.

andbull;"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett. In Brazil, a medical researcher seeks her former mentor, who is developing a miracle fertility drug.

Added to the nonfiction collection are:

andbull;"In My Time" by Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney. The former vice-president opens up about his life and nearly four decades at the core of American politics.

andbull;"A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard. A woman tells of being kidnapped at the age of 11 and held prisoner for 18 years by a convicted rapist and his wife.

andbull;"Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness" by Alexandra Fuller. Fuller's mother is at the center of this memoir set in Africa.

andbull;"Ghost In The Wires" by Kevin Mitnick with William L. Simon. A onetime "most wanted" criminal of cyberspace recounts his exploits.

andbull;"The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives" by Diana Reiss.

andbull;"Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from his Extraordinary Son" by Tom Fields-Meyer.

andbull;"From Tree to Table: Growing Backyard Fruit Trees in the Pacific Maritime Climate" by Barbara Edwards and Mary Olivella.

andbull;"A History of the World since 9/11: Disaster, Deception, and Destruction, in the War on Terror" by Dominic Streatfeild.

andbull;"Life Itself: A Memoir" by Roger Ebert.

andbull;"Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff" by Calvin Trillin.

andbull;"Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War" by Hal Vaughn.

andbull;"That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back" by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.

andbull;"Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State" by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin.

andbull;"The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today" by Rob Dunn.

On display

This month in the gallery the September show continues with work titled "All Critters Great and Small" andndash; artwork by Sandy Bonney, Sara Dee Broderick, Violet Burton, Janice Guernsey, Liz James, Christina Olsen and Dale Wells. In the lobby showcase a display of rocks and gems by Carl Durham.