Snuggle In and Read Halloween Ball

You’re invited to participate in the Blackstone Library’s coziest fundraising non-event…

Saturday, October 26, at any time you wish
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It’s a different kind of Halloween party… instead of buying a ticket, make a donation to the Blackstone Library when you RSVP. No need to leave the house, simply get some snacks, curl up with your friends and family, snuggle in… and read!

Share a picture of you reading and tag it to join the party online: #snuggleinandread

WHEN: Anytime you want (and for as long as you want) on Saturday, October 26, or anytime in the month of October!

WHERE: Cozied up on the couch, in a blanket on the beach, or anywhere your fancy takes you.

HOW: Grab a book, magazine, book on CD, or download an ebook or audiobook… and read! Share your support for the Blackstone on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tell us what you’re reading, who you’re reading with, and where you’re reading — don’t forget to include #snuggleinandread

ATTIRE: Your finest Halloween costume or your comfiest pajamas, or anything in between! It’s your party, you can wear what you want!

FOOD & DRINK: Your snack of choice to keep up your reading stamina.

GUESTS: Loved ones, friends & family, children & pets, book club members — everyone can participate!

RSVP today and make a donation to support the James Blackstone Memorial Library!

The first 100 people to make a donation will receive a signed copy of “Nature’s Royal Tea Party,” given by local author Cheryl Kling.

• Snuggle In and Read Event Sponsors •

Anonymous          Niall & Liz Ferguson          Alan & Polly Fitz     Edith Huzar

• Snuggle In and Read Honorary Event Co-Chairs •

Zeb Appel, author of “Good Luck and a Benevolent God”

I love libraries. They are my kind of place and the people who use them are my kind of people. At the Blackstone, there’s always something happening, something to learn and a great book waiting to be discovered. Just wander in. You don’t need an appointment and it’s free!   

Stay home with a book? You don’t have to tell me twice. A book in front of a fireplace. Or next to a glass of wine. Or on my couch. Or really, anywhere. (Bathtub? Why not?) On October 26, you can engage in one of life’s greatest pleasures AND raise money for the Blackstone Library. All of us, readers and writers, will be grateful for your help and you… you will have the perfect evening.  


Amy Bloom, author of “White Houses”

Author photo by Elena Seibert 2017

Lucy Burdette, author of “A Deadly Feast”

Lucy Burdette with her husband John doing research at the zombie bike ride for KILLER TAKEOUT, 7th in the Key West food critic mystery series

As both a writer and a lifetime reader, nothing scares me more than worrying that our libraries will lose much-needed support from the community. So I’m delighted to co-sponsor this year’s Snuggle In and Read Halloween Ball in support of the Blackstone Library! Grab a book, make a donation, and join the party!


I can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn afternoon than to be cuddled up in comfy clothes while reading a new or classic novel in my recliner. To open a book is to unlock a door to a new, exciting world, an escape into the distant past, to a modern adventure, or into a futuristic fantasy, and the key awaits you at your public library. Don’t miss your chance to attend the Snuggle In and Read Halloween Ball!

Jean Copeland, author of “The Ashford Place”

Cheryl Della Pietra, author of “Gonzo Girl”

The library is one of our most important community resources; it’s not just for checking out books. You can take classes, participate in book clubs, get tech help and play games. Most important, kids can discover the joys of story time, creating lifelong readers. I have been going to Blackstone since I was a child—I remember distinctly the impressiveness of this grand building and the warmth of the librarians and staff within. Help keep this important space vital for our community and future generations by staying home, reading a book, and donating on October 26 (or any day in October!).

I remember in my youngest years, my mother would prepare me for bed as we “snuggled in” to read a book. Fairy tales, Little Golden Books, and nursery rhymes were adventures to dreamland. Once I was on my way with words, I got my own library card and my world expanded even more. I encourage everyone to take advantage of supporting our wonderful Blackstone Library by participating in the “Snuggle In and Read Halloween Ball.” I imagine so many ways to enjoy this with friends at any age. Read a new book or revisit a favorite. By all means, let’s make it a party!

Cheryl Kling, author of “Nature’s Royal Tea Party”

Kat Lehmann, author of “Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems”

I love when a book succumbs to being read. Its pages soften as it forms itself to me. It knows it’s mine. Libraries enable my reading pleasure to continue endlessly! As a parent, I love that libraries provide resources and activities for my children. As a writer, I am grateful that the Blackstone Library is supportive of local authors. This October, put on those fuzzy slippers and #snuggleinandread.

When I was younger, the library was my home away from home. I loved to get lost in the magical stories of Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, and Marguerite Henry. Maybe that’s why you’ll still sometimes find me in the Young Adult section at the library. (Truth be told, I can’t get enough of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine series.) But even my favorite grown-up books tend to wander into magic realism — like Lisa See’s Peony in Love, Sarah Perry’s Melmoth, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. My choice for Snuggle In and ReadThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.

Jen Payne, author of “Waiting Out the Storm”

Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, author and illustrator of 27 children’s books, including “Water! Water! Water!”

Oh, I love and feel so proud of the beautiful, historic Blackstone, our gem of a library! As a children’s book author and illustrator, many of them “FACTION”, the library’s resources and the fabulous reference and children’s department librarians shared and supported my journey with unending enthusiasm. They helped me do research, and discover FUN facts… the kind that make you say “Wow! I didn’t know that!” about Leaves and Water and Ponds and Shells and Stars and more. I wouldn’t be where I am today without our library! Let’s all snuggle in and read at the JBML October book ball!