FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield Public Library will continue its tradition of hosting a storybook character-themed event for Halloween, but it will do so virtually this year in light of the pandemic.
The library’s annual “When the Lights Go Out” event will be from 7-8 p.m. Friday and accessible over Zoom. To get the meeting ID and password for the event, patrons are asked to visit the library’s calendar of events on its website at fairfield.lib.ia.us. The information also is printed on fliers received with library curbside pickups.
The event is free and open to the public.
Youth services librarian Alecs Mickunas said the event attracted 300 people last year. Given that Jefferson County has seen a steep increase in COVID-19 cases, he felt it was best to host the event online.
Fairfield Interact students have volunteered to work as guides. Normally, patrons would be led through the library hearing from various storybook characters in costume. This year, they will meet the storybook characters online. Together, the characters will tell a story, specifically a mystery that attendees must solve.
“What we learn from the characters is that staff of the public library have been finding stacks of books on the floor every morning when they arrive,” Mickunas said. “And we don’t understand why. Attendees will solve the mystery of who is leaving these stacks of books.”
Mickunas said the most important thing he wants people to know is that Zoom is easy to use, and they should not be intimated by it if they’ve never used the program before.