STORYTIME Children’s Librarian Charity Anderson shares spooky stories with Healdsburg’s children at the library.

This content is provided by Jon Haupt, Healdsburg Regional Library

It is always a pleasure to see our many visitors attending events at the Healdsburg Regional Library. Sometimes we need to make adjustments to meet the moment. Responding to cold weather, we brought our Not-So-Spooky Family Storytime in from the park last week and had a full crowd for storytime in our meeting room. The event featured cameos from several children who participated in Miss Charity’s story about ghosts changing colors when they ate unexpected foods. 

In November, many captivating events await you and your family at the library. On Monday, Nov. 6, we continue our Tween Hangouts with a stop-motion activity at 3:30pm. The following week, on Nov. 13, our Seeds & Reads program at 4pm will provide an opportunity to learn all about barn, screech, great horned and burrowing owls. Find out what kind of owls live in Sonoma County and learn about what owls eat with a pellet dissection activity.

September and October were packed full of storytimes, and November will include a little bit of a break on account of the Friends Book Sale as well as the upcoming holidays. 

The library will be closed on Nov. 10-11 for the Veteran’s Day holiday (observed on Friday, as the 11th falls on a Saturday) and our Thanksgiving closure is from 6pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Friday, Nov. 24. With that in mind, if you are hoping to attend a storytime, look for Baby & Toddler Storytime on Friday, Nov. 17. Charity will also offer Preschool Storytime on Tuesday, Nov. 28. All our storytimes start at 10:30am. 

We consistently offer programming for families on Tuesdays as well, and we invite the public to try Spanish Music & Movement on Nov. 7 at 11am and Family Yoga at 10:30am on Nov. 14.

Adults can look forward to fun programming as well. On Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6pm we are excited to host a Cricut Crafting event. With the aid of a Cricut cutting machine, you’ll be able to make a festive wreath with paper leaves and florals. This wreath could come in handy when planning your holiday decorations. 

There is limited space available at this event, as we will only have enough kits for 15 wreaths. Sign up using our online calendar at or call the library at (707) 433-3772.

The following Tuesday, Nov. 28, we feature another artsy opportunity, with a step-by-step charcoal study workshop, also at 6pm. We’ll tune in to Creativebug together to explore the importance of light, shape and value when drawing landscapes with charcoal.

Looking to the first few days of December, we have an excellent chance to learn about composting with the UC Master Gardeners. Jennifer Roberts will illuminate the audience with information about composting, including best practices for forming hot piles and worm bins. These days, composting is featured in discussions about reducing waste, so we hope you’ll join us to learn about why compost is a key component in a successful garden.

Jon Haupt is the branch manager of the Healdsburg Regional Library, located at 139 Piper St., open daily.

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