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Paranormal Fest

About Paranormal Fest 2020

Hey all you ghoul bats and witches, join us in celebrating the “spirits” of the season with our fourth annual Paranormal Fest! Come learn about all things paranormal with presentations throughout the entire month of October.

 

Paranormal Fest Library Materials

 

Always Available Programs and How To Crafts

Join Evans Bailey from the Native Oklahoma Bigfoot Research Organization, as he retells his first encounter with Bigfoot down in Honobia; the Bigfoot Capital of Oklahoma.

 

 

Follow along with members of the North Canadian River Project as they investigate long-forgotten woods in Central Oklahoma for signs of Bigfoot activity. The amazing FLIR footage they captured will blow your mind.

 

 

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Age range: this scavenger hunt is aimed at teens, but it should be appropriate for older elementary students as well. 

Join us as we hunt through the library’s online databases for the elusive Bigfoot! 

All of the library’s databases are listed in alphabetical order. You will need to sign in using your library card number and last name. 

  1. Access America’s News and search for “bigfoot.” In the search limiters on the left side of the page, scroll down to “Source type,” and click on “Video.”
    1. Watch the video, “Is that Bigfoot crossing the mountain pass in video?” 
    2. Who first posted this video? 
    3. Do you think it’s really Bigfoot? Why or why not? 
  2. Access Explora for Secondary School Student Research and search for “bigfoot,” and click on the Topic Overview “Bigfoot (cryptozoology).” Read the article.
    1. Elkanah Walker recorded tales of giant “men stealers” from what Native American people in the Pacific Northwest? 
    2. Cryptozoologists and other “believers” think Bigfoot could be what genus of large ape, originally from China, that is traditionally believed to have gone extinct about 100,000 years ago? 
  3. Access Britannica Online Reference Center and search for “Gigantopithecus.” Read the article.
    1. Gigantopithecus is considered a “sister genus” to and once shared a common ancestor with the genus Pongo, which contains what living ape? 
    2. Why is G. blacki thought to have gone extinct? 
  4. Access Opposing Viewpoints in Context and search for “Deforestation.” Stories about Bigfoot often serve as an allegory for environmental concerns, such as deforestation. When we destroy forests, we destroy the habitats of wildlife. Read the article.
    1. Tropical forests house at least what fraction of Earth’s biodiversity? 
    2. What can be done to conserve forests? 
  5. Access Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and search for “cryptid.” Beneath the definition, you will see dated quotations which use the word. Find the first instance in which the word was used.
    1. The first mention of the word “cryptid” was in what year?
    2. According to the quotation, what term did “cryptid” replace?
    3. Why do you think this mattered to cryptozoologists? 
  6. Access EBSCOhost. Scroll down and select “eBook Academic collection.” Search for “bigfoot.” Click on the book Abominable Science! By Daniel Loxton. Scroll down and click on chapter one, “Cryptozoology: real science or pseudoscience?” Read the section on “The Georgia ‘Bigfoot’.”
    1. What can you deduce about evaluating “news” sources from this story? 
  7. Access National Geographic Virtual Library and search for “bigfoot.” In the search limiters on the left side of the page, in the section “Content Types,” click on “Videos.” Watch the “Legend of Bigfoot” video.
    1. Why do you think people perpetuate Bigfoot hoaxes? 
  8. Access Issues & Controversies and search for “bigfoot.” Click on the article, “Scientists deploy genetics in search of bigfoot.” Read the article.
    1. Who first posted this article?
    2. Do you think it is a reputable news source? 
  9. Access Academic Search Premier. In the first search field, type “bigfoot or sasquatch or yeti.” In the second search field, after AND, type “sykes, bryan,” and in the “Select a Field” dropdown box, select “AU Author.” In the search limiters on the left side of the page, in the “Limit To” section, click on “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.” Click on the article, “Genetic analysis of hair samples…”, and read the abstract.
    1. What was the outcome of the genetic tests on the “yeti” and other anomalous primate samples? 
  10. Honobia, OK (pronounced “hoe-nubby”), home to the annual Bigfoot Festival & Conference, is an unincorporated community on the border between western LeFlore County and eastern Pushmataha County, 15 miles southeast of Talihina.   Access A to Z Maps Online. Click on “USA Maps” > “Modern US State Maps” > “Oklahoma” > “Political Outline Map of Oklahoma with County Data (Pol4).” Download the map, so you can zoom in. Find the border between Pushmataha and Leflore counties. Go back and find the map “Political Outline Map of Oklahoma with County Data (Pol8).” Download it, and find Talihina on the map. Just southeast of Talihina is where Honobia and the Bigfoot Festival are located, in the densely wooded Kiamichi Mountains. 
    1. After all you have read here, do you think there are Bigfeet in those mountains? 


Download a Printable Scavenger Hunt

Join us as we make paper ghosts for imaginative play, using paper, scissors, markers, and a straw! Let the ghosts star in their own Halloween puppet show!



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Supplies

  • 4 Cups of Water
  • Newt WT 1 LB Borax
  • 3 Containers (Tall Cups)
  • Flowers (Artificial)
  • Pencils
  • String
  • Paper towels

 

Tips

  • A tablecloth to easy clean up
  • Gloves to keep hands clean

 

Directions

  1. Place water into your Instant Pot liner and press the Saute button to bring it to a boil.
  2. Once at a boil, add borax until it stops dissolving. You will notice that it’ll start getting cloudy and when that happens it means stop adding the borax.
  3. Press the Cancel button and remove pot from the machine. Evenly distribute contents into your containers. * Tall cups work best.
  4. Tie a piece of string to end of the flowers and attach to middle of the pencil.
  5. Place flowers into the containers and the pencil will hold it up.
  6. In about 2-3 hours, you will see that you have fabulous crystal flowers.
  7. Once completed to your liking, places on paper towels to air dry.
  8. Before you know it, you’ll have gorgeous crystal flowers to add a piece of charm to your home!

 

Library Resources for additional learning

Upcoming Events

Oklahoma MUFON's Top 5 Creepiest Aliens

October 22, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Investigators from Oklahoma MUFON - Mutual UFO Network share their thoughts on the Top 5 Creepiest Alien Species. In this spooky presentation, they discuss the most commonly reported alien types and share Real Local Creature Sightings from MUFON's da...

Midnight Sun & Twilight- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Book Panel

October 22, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
Twihards rejoice! Midnight Sun was finally released and it is bringing back all of the Twilight memories! Join our resident YA paranormal romance experts as we discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly from Midnight Sun and Twilight along with our reco...

Take Home Kit: Scary Salt Art!

All Day10/23 - 10/30
Downtown Library
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Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs
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Event Description:
Stop by the Downtown Library to pick up a Scary Salt Art Take Home Kit. Participants will use salt, glue, and watercolor to create scary art. Supplies provided. ...

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OKC StorySLAM

October 25, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Live Performances & Entertainment
Event Description:
Join us for a virtual OKC StorySLAM, co-presented by the Metropolitan Library System! The OKC StorySLAM is a live-monthly storytelling event that has taken place in Oklahoma City since 2005. Each OKC StorySLAM has a theme, and all participants tel...

Paranormal Fest: Haunted Shawnee (Haunted Oklahoma Series)

October 26, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Del City Library
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Library Branch: Del City Library
Room: Zoom (Del City)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Author Events
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Description:
Ever experience a brush of something against your arm that gives you goosebumps? Or hear a particular story about a haunted place that causes the hair to stand up on the back of your neck? If you enjoy hearing about hauntings and want to experience s...

Tarot Tuesday

October 27, 2020
2:00pm - 2:15pm
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Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Live Performances & Entertainment
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Want to learn what your future holds? Do you need advice on what decision you should make? Want to communicate with your loved one that has passed on? Join us to receive a free 15-minute reading to help you find what you seek. Please make sure tha...

Tarot Tuesday

October 27, 2020
2:15pm - 2:30pm
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Want to learn what your future holds? Do you need advice on what decision you should make? Want to communicate with your loved one that has passed on? Join us to receive a free 15-minute reading to help you find what you seek. Please make sure tha...

Tarot Tuesday

October 27, 2020
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Library Online
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Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Live Performances & Entertainment
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Want to learn what your future holds? Do you need advice on what decision you should make? Want to communicate with your loved one that has passed on? Join us to receive a free 15-minute reading to help you find what you seek. Please make sure tha...
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