8th Annual Haunted Library in Review


On Friday, October 27 the Library held its 8th Annual Haunted Library Event! It was our biggest year yet with just over 420 people in attendance. We had a lot of fun putting on the event, and now that the last of the decorations have finally been put away in the closet until next year, we want to take a look back at the big night!

This year the event took place on both the Main Level and the Lower Level of the Library. Entry was through the Main Level doors of the Library where tickets were handed out and entertainment was provided while groups waited for their turn to tour the Haunted Lower Level. One of the main attractions was our Library House Band: Bruise Springscream and the Eek-Street Band!


Families could work on a Hallowe’en Scavenger Hunt on the Main Level, and there was also a Guess How Many Candies in a Jar contest and a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin contest, run by these two charming Spice Girls:


The Library was also a stop on the Downtown Development Board’s Pumpkin Prowl this year, so Prowl participants were able to get their passports stamped at our event, even if they were just stopping in!

For those brave enough to ride the elevator down to the Haunted Pumpkin Kingdom on the Lower Level, a tour of delightful horrors was waiting.


The greeter!
These spooky characters were playing a theremin at the entrance to the Pumpkin Kingdom.
Dr. Jekyll’s Laboratory


If you made it past this last terrifying character, you made it to the end!


The hard work of Haunted Library is largely done by the Library’s Teen Advisory Board, or TAB. The characters are all TAB volunteers and all the props and the story line is put together by TAB! They put many hours of work into the event every year and it’s a great way for them to give back to the community. TAB members also earn community volunteering hours for all the work they do for us here, and they develop great skills in areas like event planning, group work, and interacting with the public! Here they are in their post-event group shot:


We had a great time this year, and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2018!

NHL Alumni Benefit Game

2011/2012 NHL Alumni Benefit Game

NHL Alumni vs. The Law Enforcement All Stars

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Puck drop at 7:00 p.m. – Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Timken Community Centre, 2 Third Avenue, St. Thomas, ON


For more information, call 1-877-431-0685 or www.benefithockey.com.


Proceeds from this hockey game help to support Special Olympics Ontario along with The Law Enforcement Torch Run.


From Benefithockey.com:

The NHL Alumni Tour is a series of approximately 30 games that take place across Ontario each winter. Some of hockey’s greatest heroes come together to square off against different teams, including local law enforcement and corrections officers. We are also thrilled to have the Canadian Women’s Hockey League All-Stars on the tour this year to take on the Alumni. Each game is exciting and unique, with a skills competition that will keep you on the edge of your seat and on-ice gags that will keep you in stitches.


To order tickets, visit: http://www.benefithockey.com/tickets.html


Seniors’ Picnic in the Park

Around this time every year, St. Thomas and Elgin County come together in Pinafore Park for a special day centred around seniors and their families. For the past few years, St. Thomas Public Library and Friends of St. Thomas Public Library have a booth at the Annual Seniors’ Picnic in the Park and this year is no exception!


Please join us for:

Seniors’ Picnic in the Park

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pinafore Park, Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON

St. Thomas Public Library will be on site selling books from Friends of St. Thomas Public Library and $2 butterflies for Library Revitalization. Library staff will be there to answer any questions you may have about programs and services offered at St. Thomas Public Library, Library Revitalization, and the temporary location at Elgin Mall. Or just stop by to say “Hello!” (The library staff are a friendly bunch!)

Seniors’ Picnic in the Park features local entertainment, door prizes, interactive displays, activities, music, vendors and displays,  food, and fun (for free!) For more information on the event, call VON at 519-637-6408.Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, picnic lunch, sunscreen, and a little cash! There’s lots to see, do, and buy while at the park. Hope to see you there!