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October 2021

We're excited to share the latest news about the programs and services being offered to our community throughout October. This month we celebrate the diversity of our community's cultural heritage and honor our ancestors who came before us.
Throughout the month, we will highlight different cultures, comparing similarities and differences that bring new and interesting perspectives to our lives.
Online Calendar & Room Reservations


A peak at what to expect at the performance of Little Monster Tales

Children's Programs

Fridays @ 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Ages 3-5

Stories and activities for the Cybrarium's youngest readers

October 1
Book: All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Book: We Have the Whole World in Our Hands
Activity:  Learn hand movements to the song!
October 8
Book: Bee-Bim-Bop! By Linda Sue Park
Activity: Playdough will be provided for make-pretend cooking!
October 15
Book: Shubb Diwali by Chitra Soundar
Book: We Celebrate Holidays by Connor Stratton
Activity: Glow Stick Fun in VR Cube!
October 22
Book: Moonlight: The Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Book: Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli
Activity: Pumpkin Craft
October 29th – Bilingual
Book: La Bruja Que Fue a Dar un Paseo por Margaret Hillert
Book: Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals
Activity: Halloween Craft

Tuesdays @ 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Ages 5-8

Join Ms. Patty for a story and craft for some after-school fun

October 5   Colours of Us
Book: Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz
Book: Under my Hijab by Hena Khan
October 12  How One Girls' Courage Changed Music
Book: Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Activity: Listen to Spanish Music and play along with Musical Instruments
October 19    The Story of Your Name
Book: Alma and How She Got Her Name
Activity: Design a special nameplate with stencils

October 26   Halloween Fun
Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Book: Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
Activity: Halloween Craft

Saturdays @ 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Ages 8-12

October 2     Gummy Structures
Who can make the strongest structure using gummies? Get hands-on during this fun (and tasty) activity.

October 9     Birdhouses
Build and decorate a birdhouse for our feathered friends.

October 16     A-Mazing Design
Design and build your very own maze and test it out on your friends and family.

October 23    Create a set of Working Bat Wings
Can you create a set of bat wings?

October 30    Spooktacular Slime time!
Get ready for Halloween with some creepy, oozy slime!

Register for STEAM Saturdays

Teens & Young Adults

Go toe-to-toe with fellow Smash fans and compete for a chance to win a 3D printed figure of your Smash main. Meet up at the 2nd Floor Meeting Room of the Cybrarium.
TAB is an opportunity where teens in the community can make their voice heard by providing advice and insight that would make the Cybrarium a more teen-friendly place and help the community. Plus, it’s a fun, meaningful way to rack up some community service hours.

"COVID Through My Eyes"
Poetry Workshop for Children

(Ages 6-18)

Children ages 6-18 will engage in a poetry workshop geared towards expressing their feelings, experiences, and thoughts related to COVID-19. The participants will write poetry about their experiences and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic in three workshops, with all the poems being compiled and published into a poetry collection at the conclusion. To be published, young writers do not have to attend all three workshops, simply any of the three will do. Snacks, such as candies and water, will be provided.

This project aims to provide a transformative experience to help children cope with and express their feelings about the pandemic that they perhaps have been unable to process or deal with until now. All work will be published (with the consent of the author) on an e-book that will be donated to the authors who participated and to the Cybrarium for future readers to enjoy. A hard copy paperback edition will also be donated to the Cybrarium. In addition to the writing aspect of the workshop, an illustration contest will take place for the front page, with a 25 dollar gift card being the prize. After the 3 workshops, the published authors will be allowed to present their works during a Poetry Sharing Event on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Register ahead of time at:

Adult Programs

Adults can learn, craft, and improve their lives during October's programs. All events are free of cost and open to the public. Be sure to check for registration requirements as spots may be limited.

Community Happenings 

"The Day of the Dead" or "Dia de Los Muertos"

(begins October 31st and ends November 2nd) 
a celebration that is also part of our local cultural heritage

The Cybrarium continues to host the Lamplighters Writing Group. The Lamplighters are a group of talented and aspiring writers with flexible and dedicated membership. Meetings are held in the First Floor Meeting Room on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 4 PM  to 6 PM. 

October 11th & 25th 
@ 10:30-11:30 AM

Learn about how to keep your mind healthy and active well into your senior years in this series of presentations.

Cybrarium Round-up

The round-up covers all that you missed since our last newsletter and provides updates about our Cybrarium products and services. This month we look back at some August and September programs:
Little Makers make their own Rainbow Fish after storytime.
The Grand Prize Winners of the Tails & Tales Summer Reading program.
Matt Sabatella sang classic folk songs at All Families Fun Night. 
Teens and adults made mason jar terrariums in the Makerspace.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue visited the Cybrarium, read a story, showed off their gear, and even gave tours of the fire engine!
STEAM Saturday kids made bubble rainbows and learned about light.

Collection Highlight




The master of supernatural disaster returns with four horror-laced novellas.

The protagonist of the title story, Holly Gibney, is by King’s own admission one of his most beloved characters, a “quirky walk-on” who quickly found herself at the center of some very unpleasant goings-on in End of WatchMr. Mercedes, and The Outsider.

The insect-licious proceedings of the last are revisited, most yuckily, while some of King’s favorite conceits turn up: What happens if the dead are never really dead but instead show up generation after generation, occupying different bodies but most certainly exercising their same old mean-spirited voodoo?

It won’t please TV journalists to know that the shape-shifting bad guys in that title story just happen to be on-the-ground reporters who turn up at very ugly disasters—and even cause them, albeit many decades apart.Think Jack Torrance in that photo at the end of The Shining, and you’ve got the general idea. “Only a coincidence, Holly thinks, but a chill shivers through her just the same,” King writes, “and once again she thinks of how there may be forces in this world moving people as they will, like men (and women) on a chessboard.”

In the careful-what-you-wish-for department, Rat is one of those meta-referential things King enjoys: There are the usual hallucinatory doings, a destiny-altering rodent, and of course a writer protagonist who makes a deal with the devil for success that he thinks will outsmart the fates. No such luck, of course.

Perhaps the most troubling story is the first, which may cause iPhone owners to rethink their purchases. King has gone a far piece from the killer clowns and vampires of old, with his monsters and monstrosities taking on far more quotidian forms—which makes them all the scarier.

- Kirkus Review
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