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Monday, October 08, 2012 10:35 PM

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Connie Weber, director of the Richmond Library, wears a mask Monday afternoon while reading a book at the Richmond Library, 107 E. Central Ave., Richmond. The library now is providing more than 30 Halloween masks for patrons to check out for the Halloween season. Weber, who used to own and operate a haunted house in Richmond, donated the masks for the enjoyment of fellow Halloween enthusiasts, she said.

Check it out: Ghouls, goblins at library

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer

RICHMOND — It might be tedious, but cataloging more than 30 Halloween masks is a labor of love for Connie Weber.

“I love Halloween,” Weber, who’s been director of the Richmond Library since 2003, said. “My house is the one in town with a graveyard in front.”

For the first time, Weber and others at the library, 107 E. Central Ave., are gearing up for the season by offering more than 30 Halloween masks for area residents to check out, she said. Checking out a mask, Weber said, involves the same process as borrowing a book. Patrons can check out a mask for a two-week period, and can check out up to three masks at a time, she said. While the Richmond Library experiences good patronage for its size, Weber said, she hopes the mask check-out might also encourage people to come back to the library throughout the year.

From her days owning and operating a haunted house in Richmond for 15 years, Weber amassed a variety of Halloween masks, ranging from skulls and werewolves to clowns and aliens, she said.  

“We didn’t want [the masks] to just sit and rot away,” Weber, who already has checked out two masks to area residents, said. “Hopefully someone else can get enjoyment of [the masks].”

Checking out masks, however, is only a part of the library’s efforts to celebrate the haunted holiday,  she said.

In a couple of weeks, Mysteri David, a make-up artist, will visit the library to paint faces for the Richmond Zombie Walk 6 p.m. Oct. 24 on Main Street. Two days later — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 — the library will play host to an adult Halloween craft day. The craft day will allow adults to decorate gourds for Halloween, Weber said. Shortly afterward, the library plans to allow children to make Halloween-themed crafts 3 p.m. Oct. 26, including witches, three-eyed monsters and spider ornaments.

Rounding out the festivities, the library will join in the Richmond trick-or-treat of the Central Street businesses beginning at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 31.

For more information on these or other events, call the library at (785) 835-6163.

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