By KEVIN HOWELL
LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library Friends of the Library will host a Halloween costume exchange this season.
The library will collect clean and complete costumes for children and adults beginning Sunday. Costumes may be store bought or homemade and can be dropped off at the library during regular business hours before Oct. 15. Those participating will receive a coupon that can be redeemed for another costume on Oct. 20 or 22. Anyone without a coupon may purchase one of the remaining costumes on Oct. 22 for $5.
According to library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, the program, suggested by Friend Judy Brinker, is a way to get the community involved at the library while offering a chance to get a new costume.
"Costumes anymore are expensive," she explained.
"Kids may have outgrown their costumes or are tired of the same old costume. This is a fun community event that offers a low cost solution.
"Halloween is a fun holiday and we want to make sure kids can participate."
The library will also mark its grand opening anniversary with a "Talk Like a Pirate" Day for children pre-kindergarten through third grade at 4 p.m. The event will feature crafts, songs, nonsense and stories, followed by a scavenger hunt.
There will also be three author visits this season.
Glenn Downing, author of "Global Warring and the Land of Zinj," will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 about slavery, war and travel; Karen Biery of Damascus, author of a series of historical fiction novels involving Salem, will speak at the library's Autumn Tea at 2 p.m. Oct. 27; and Judy Lennington of Ellet City, Pa., author of "Daniel's Day" and "Saving Dianna," will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 15.
Kevin Howell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org