It’s now mid-October, and judging from the fact that starting a few days ago we have needed a light jacket at night, fall is here and winter is coming! (For those of you who get the winter reference, stop by the Information Desk and check out our Game of Thrones Halloween decorations.) The temperature has actually dropped below 60 degrees at night a few times! The fresh, cooler air (at night, anyway) puts a spring in our step and cheers us at the thought of finally being able to enjoy outdoor activities (which it’s too hot to do during our long summers) and show off our fall sweaters and jackets. Plus, pumpkin spice-everything has been around for a while now. (No, the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” memes never get old.) We might miss out on the beautiful autumn foliage that other parts of the country have, but but there are still things that make fall in South Texas special.
It’s a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature by visiting our state parks and wildlife refuges, like the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, or Bentsen State Park. It’s a great way to get more exercise, protect our diverse and fragile ecosystem, or try out a new hobby like nature photography. During the summer it’s too hot to do any of this, but the perfect season for it is starting now.
You can also start getting ready for the Halloween parties and trick-or-treaters by decorating your house, coming up with a fun costume, and reading our blog post about the history of Halloween. You can even bring your child trick-or-treating (in costume!) here at the McAllen Public Library on October 31st from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Teens are gathering the night before, on October 30th from 6:30pm-7:30pm, for a Creepy Pasta story telling night. You can also check out one of our hundreds of creepy horror novels, for those of you who like to be scared!
If Halloween is not your thing, we have another big fall program just a couple of weeks later- the McAllen Book Festival on Saturday, November 11th. We will be hosting popular children’s and teens’ authors for discussion panels and story times. You can also purchase the authors’ books at the book sale, attend the Youth Creative Writing Contest awards ceremony, play in a bouncy castle, listen to musical performances, and even see exotic animals! Check out the day’s schedule and our list of authors for more details.