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Welcome to the Valley Ranch Library. I’m Jennifer your adult programming librarian. Check out all the fun events we have planned.

All of our events are free of charge and a library card is not required to participate in any of our events. New members always welcome!

Valley Ranch Library
401 Cimarron Trail
Irving, TX 75063
972-721-4669
www.cityofirving.org/library

Upcoming events (5+)

Hallowreads: Dracula

Valley Ranch Library

Hallowreads 2019 October is the time for spine chilling reads. What better way to celebrate than with a monthlong series featuring a singular work of celebrated literature -- Bram Stoker's Dracula! This Hallowreads, don't forget to pick up a free copy of Dracula at the Valley Ranch Library information desk while supplies last. Then join in crafts, coloring, a movie and a book discussion not for the faint of heart. A classic of Gothic horror, the novel introduces the character of the vampire, Count Dracula, and tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England. There, he victimizes innocent people in order to quench his insatiable thirst for blood and spread the curse of the undead. To date, Dracula has inspired hundreds of adaptations and spin-offs, including plays, novels and films. Teens and adults are welcome to drop in, if you dare, to one of the many events planned this October inspired by the Count during the 2019 Hallowreads: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 | Dracula Face Canvas Painting Join us at this craft to paint an image of the classic vampire on art canvases. All supplies provided. 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 | Color Me Calm Enjoy creepy music while exploring the joy of coloring Dracula-themed art. All supplies provided. 4 p.m. Oct. 18 | Decoupage and Plant Garlic in Pots Join us to decoupage terracotta pots with Victorian-themed paper, then plant garlic to keep the vampires away. All supplies provided. 4 p.m. Oct. 19 | Cinema 13* Screening of Dracula Untold for Teens and Adults Watch the live-action adventure Dracula Untold on the big screen, featuring a 15th-century Transylvanian ruler who makes a bargain allowing him to defeat his enemies but cost him his humanity. Rated PG-13. Teens ages 13 and above and adults only. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 | Book Discussion of Bram Stoker's Dracula Join us at our special book discussion of the classic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Free copies are available at the Valley Ranch Library information desk while supplies last. 7 p.m. Oct. 28 | Color Me Calm and Craft Have a scary good time while celebrating all things Dracula at this special edition of Color Me Calm. At this meeting, teens and adults will create festive vampire bat garlands. All supplies provided. Please find a sitter for the events you attend. Due to the themes presented in the featured work, Hallowreads is a series for teens and adults only. Children cannot attend these events, even as an observer.

Hallowreads: Decoupage Pots and Garlic Planting for Teens and Adults

Friday, October 18th,[masked]:00pm – 5:00pm This month we celebrate all things Dracula. Join us to decoupage terracotta pots with Victorian era paper and plant garlic in them to keep the vampires away. All supplies provided. Teens and Adults only. No children please.

Cook the Book: A Cooking Book Club Serves Where Cooking Begins

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Then hang onto your spatula! We pick the cookbook; you choose and make a recipe. Then we all partake. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to participate. Novices will have the chance to learn from more experienced cooks, and the experienced cooks will have a chance to show off and share their amazing skills. Stop by the Valley Ranch Library Reference Desk to register for the book club and pick your recipe. The featured cookbook for the October meeting is Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Better Cook by Carla Lalli Music. New members welcome. A library card is not required to participate in our events and programs.

Hallowreads: Dracula

Valley Ranch Library

Hallowreads 2019 October is the time for spine chilling reads. What better way to celebrate than with a monthlong series featuring a singular work of celebrated literature -- Bram Stoker's Dracula! This Hallowreads, don't forget to pick up a free copy of Dracula at the Valley Ranch Library information desk while supplies last. Then join in crafts, coloring, a movie and a book discussion not for the faint of heart. A classic of Gothic horror, the novel introduces the character of the vampire, Count Dracula, and tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England. There, he victimizes innocent people in order to quench his insatiable thirst for blood and spread the curse of the undead. To date, Dracula has inspired hundreds of adaptations and spin-offs, including plays, novels and films. Teens and adults are welcome to drop in, if you dare, to one of the many events planned this October inspired by the Count during the 2019 Hallowreads: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 | Dracula Face Canvas Painting Join us at this craft to paint an image of the classic vampire on art canvases. All supplies provided. 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 | Color Me Calm Enjoy creepy music while exploring the joy of coloring Dracula-themed art. All supplies provided. 4 p.m. Oct. 18 | Decoupage and Plant Garlic in Pots Join us to decoupage terracotta pots with Victorian-themed paper, then plant garlic to keep the vampires away. All supplies provided. 4 p.m. Oct. 19 | Cinema 13* Screening of Dracula Untold for Teens and Adults Watch the live-action adventure Dracula Untold on the big screen, featuring a 15th-century Transylvanian ruler who makes a bargain allowing him to defeat his enemies but cost him his humanity. Rated PG-13. Teens ages 13 and above and adults only. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 | Book Discussion of Bram Stoker's Dracula Join us at our special book discussion of the classic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Free copies are available at the Valley Ranch Library information desk while supplies last. 7 p.m. Oct. 28 | Color Me Calm and Craft Have a scary good time while celebrating all things Dracula at this special edition of Color Me Calm. At this meeting, teens and adults will create festive vampire bat garlands. All supplies provided. Please find a sitter for the events you attend. Due to the themes presented in the featured work, Hallowreads is a series for teens and adults only. Children cannot attend these events, even as an observer.

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Teen Craft: Glow in the Dark Oobleck

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