Observe October

By Amy

October is probably best known for Halloween, but October has so much to offer! John educated us all about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but did you know that October is also Squirrel Awareness Month? And that October 6th is Star Wars Reads Day? Check out Wikipedia for more October events and celebrate with us at the library!

If you’re celebrating National Cyber Security Month, How to be Invisible by J.J. Luna includes tips on cyber security as well as other avenues of protecting your home, your family, and your assets.

Macon County Public Library’s Children’s Area is in full celebration for Squirrel Awareness Month. They’ve got a book display with squirrel themed books and an acorn scavenger hunt! If you can’t make it by for the festivities, check out Nuts: a novel by Kacy Cook. It follows a girl who, against her parent’s wishes, wants to adopt a squirrel she found in her yard.

If you’re a Star Wars aficionado, you’ll definitely want to stop by your library to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day. Check out Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown, which follows an alternate Star Wars reality. What if Darth Vader had been more than just Luke’s father? Darth Vader plays “dad” in this interesting take on inter-galactic parenting.

October 6th is World Food Day and the month of October is Celiac Sprue Awareness Month. Satisfy your palate and tame your insides with Alain Passard’s The Art of Cooking with Vegetables.

Celebrate Health Literacy Month with Zoobiquity by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz. “Zoobiquity” draws on a wide range of disciplines to explore the parallels between humans and  animals and what nature can teach about the human mind and body, sharing case  studies about animal and human commonalities to explain new developments in  health care.

Happy October!


Several branches of the Fontana Regional Library are hosting “Star Wars Reads Day” events! Check the FRL calendar for more details! There will be coloring sheets, stickers, buttons, bookmarks, origami sheets, and more! At Macon County Public Library, there will be a raffle for the 20th anniversary edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn and a children’s raffle for a copy of Star Wars: R2-D2 and Friends. Everyone is encouraged to deck yourself out in your favorite Star Wars gear or come dressed as your favorite character!

Fontana Regional Library also has tons of fun and new Star Wars books to check out!

Star Wars Craft Book– Bonnie Burton

Offers color illustrations and step-by-step instructions for crafts that feature  the characters, places, and objects of the Star Wars universe.

The Secret Life of Droids describes the many types of droids in the Star Wars galaxy and discusses droid technology and event in which droids were involved.

The Lost tribe of the Sith: The collected stories

– John Jackson Miller

Following an ambush by the Jedis, Sith Yaru Korsin fights a mutiny led by his own brother, leaving him no choice but to flee with the remaining loyal Siths to the outskirts of an unknown planet where they face plagues and predators.

How to Speak Wookiee– Wu Kee Smith

This book will guide you through a few common scenarios in which you might have to speak to Wookiees. A sound module allows you to hear and practice correct pronunciation.  Learning to understand and communicate this handful of phrases will impress you Wookiee acquaintances and keep you out of harm’s way.

There’s tons more, too! Stop in at your local Fontana Regional Library branch to check out the display, grab some memorabilia, and enter to win a prize!

5 thoughts on “Observe October

  1. The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is also celebrating “May the Force Read with You” on Star Wars Reads Day, October 4th! Children and parents are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character and come to the Library to do Star Wars origami and crafts, enjoy Star Wars-themed snacks, and enter a free drawing for Star Wars prizes!


    • Thanks, Christina! I’ve updated the post to reflect that other branches of Fontana Regional Library are hosting events as well. These events sound like so much fun!


  2. “Hmm. Squirrel Awareness Month — of course!” exclaimed Captain X-Ray. “That shipment of acorns we uncovered in Chinatown, those bird feeder heists on the East Side — it all makes sense!”

    For months he’d heard rumors of a powerful cabal of Buck Tooth Sympathizers quietly working behind the scenes. Now it was obvious that their shadowy reach extended to the upper echelons of government.

    “Warm up the zeppelin, Fire Boy — we’re going to pay a call on Commissioner Reynolds!” the Caped Avenger said with grim determination.

    — from “Death Comes with a Bushy Tail,”
    by Luke Osteen
    © 2012


    • Hah! There’s still plenty of time til squirrel appreciation day for them to carry out their dastardly deeds.



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