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Paranormal Fest

About Paranormal Fest 2021

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

 

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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

Paranormal Ornaments

10/1 @ 9:00am
to
10/31 @ 5:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Description:
Register for your own Paranormal Salt Dough Ornament! Kit will include ornament, paint and paintbrush for decorating your ornament....

Paranormal Writing Contest!

10/1 @ 9:00am
to
10/31 @ 9:00pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Writing
Event Description:
Interested in the paranormal? Do you like to create stories? Please participate in the Downtown Library's Paranormal Writing Contest! The contest is open to everyone and will have 3 age groups for submissions. Prizes will be awarded for each age g...

Take Home Kit: Glitter Cob Web!

All Day10/23 - 10/31
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Child Development & Parenting, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Glitter, glitter everywhere! Who doesn't love shiny, sparkly glitter?! Stop by the Downtown Library to pick up a Glitter Cobweb Take Home Kit. Participants will use glue and glitter to create beautiful cobwebs. All supplies included. ...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Tales from the Silver SCREAM

October 27, 2021
7:00pm - 7:45pm
Edmond Library
Registration
Library Branch: Edmond Library
Room: Zoom (Edmond)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Film & Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Description:
Come join us for an awesome series discussion of classic horror film! This is a three week series event, in which we will discuss a different classic film each session. After viewing the films on your own time, join us for a live virtual discussion o...

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens. Accordingly, the Library will not be liable for such harm to any individual resulting from such allergens.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Paranormal Fest: True Crime Thursday

October 28, 2021
9:00am - 9:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Real life can be scarier than fiction. Join us as we talk about the true stories that prove that sometimes, the monsters are human. Can't make it? No worries, this video will be archived on Facebook and can be viewed anytime on our Paranormal Fes...

Paranormal Fest: Frightening Friday

October 29, 2021
9:00am - 9:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Are you afraid of ghosts? Do you enjoy being scared? Join us as we talk about some of the most haunted buildings in Oklahoma, where you might be able to have your own brush with the paranormal. This event is part of Paranormal Fest. Make sure to c...

Spooktacular Storytime

October 29, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Zoom (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Family Programs, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 47
Event Description:
Join us for our annual Spooktacular Storytime on Zoom! Dress up in your favorite costume and celebrate Paranormal Fest virtually with these spooky reads! All participants in the storytime can "trick or treat" and pick up a bag of candy from the Downt...

Disclaimer(s)

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Paranormal Fest: Supernatural Saturday

October 30, 2021
9:00am - 9:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Have you ever seen something that you couldn't explain? Have you heard a disembodied voice or seen something unrecognizable in the night sky? Join us as we talk about some of the craziest supernatural occurrences from across Oklahoma. Can't make i...
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