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Halloween at the Joplin Public Library

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Some little trick or treaters get a jump on the holiday fun at the Joplin Public Library.  Little monsters, cowboys and princesses went station to station collecting treats.

The usual story time hour was replaced with games, crafts and candy of course.

Library organizers say more than 100 children celebrated in the first half hour of the party.

Organizers say it ties in with the library's  mission to meet the recreational needs of the community.

"People should come to the library to have fun, you should not be just coming to the library only to  check out books, it should be to come to story time to play with puzzles play with the train station and see that it's a really fun place to be," says children's librarian Jeana Gockley.  "We want to get them when they're small so that they'll keep coming when they get big."

Some grandparents even came in costume and all say the early party is a help for little children who have more energy in the morning and might wear out during evening trick or treating.

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