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Oxford library readies for fall programs, events

A pumpkin contest, a puppet show and a Halloween party are just some of the things the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library has planned for fall.

The library, at 401 Bramlett Blvd. in Oxford, has a number of upcoming events for children and adults.

John Sanders, library assistant, said a pumpkin contest is in the works.

“We always have a ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’ contest,” he said. “We’ll have a large pumpkin and a small pumpkin.”

The pumpkins will be displayed, and children and adults can guess the weight to win a prize.

Reference librarian Corey Vinson said they usually buy pumpkins from an area church.

“We grab a pumpkin that looks like it weighs quite a lot, and kids guess how much the pumpkin weighs,” he said. “The guess that’s the closest to the real weight wins something.”

Vinson said the library also will have a Halloween party in October.

“We usually do something along the lines of a costume contest,” he said.

Sanders said the library offers Toddler Time at 10 a.m. and Storytime at 10:30 a.m. every Friday.

They also offer a Monday Morning Movie viewing for children Mondays at 10 a.m. that are 30 minutes long.

“These are all things that people can show up to,” he said. “You don’t have to preregister at all.”

On Sept. 4, representatives from University Museums will conduct a story time with the children.

“They will read a story or two, take our kids up to the craft room and do a couple of crafts with them,” said Sanders. “That’s pretty good hands-on experience for the kids.”

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the library will host a puppet show at 6:30 p.m. Organizers will do it again Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The adults won’t be left out, with an adult program planned for noon on Sept. 17 where Eileen Saunders will give fall gardening tips. The library also offers World Film Night every other Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Oxford resident Vernon Chadwick, a former professor, shows international films and provides commentary. Refreshments are also served.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

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