More treats for Round Lake Area Public Library visitors

  • Brooklyn Lehman, 8, a third-grader from Lindenhurst dressed as a doll, arrives to collect goodies Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library's first drive-through trick-or-treat event.

    Brooklyn Lehman, 8, a third-grader from Lindenhurst dressed as a doll, arrives to collect goodies Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library's first drive-through trick-or-treat event. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Edel Prado, 3, of Johnsburg shows off part of his haul from the trick-or-treat event Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library. 

    Edel Prado, 3, of Johnsburg shows off part of his haul from the trick-or-treat event Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library.  Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald Center

  • Thomas Gaona, 1, of Wauconda, waves to trick or treat helpers as he arrives with his parents, Nick and Tracy, Sunday at the Halloween event at the Round Lake Area Public Library.

    Thomas Gaona, 1, of Wauconda, waves to trick or treat helpers as he arrives with his parents, Nick and Tracy, Sunday at the Halloween event at the Round Lake Area Public Library. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Waving hello to this pup and family is Julie Bachinger of Lindenhurst, a library assistant, who was helping pass out treats Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library.

    Waving hello to this pup and family is Julie Bachinger of Lindenhurst, a library assistant, who was helping pass out treats Sunday at the Round Lake Area Public Library. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

  • Sean Gilmartin of Hainesville, the Round Lake Area Public Library's director of youth services, and volunteer Melanie Franco of Round Lake Park, distribute treat bags to drivers and passengers Sunday at the library on Hart Road.

    Sean Gilmartin of Hainesville, the Round Lake Area Public Library's director of youth services, and volunteer Melanie Franco of Round Lake Park, distribute treat bags to drivers and passengers Sunday at the library on Hart Road. Karie Angell Luc for the Daily Herald

 
By Karie Angell Luc
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 11/1/2020 7:16 PM

The Round Lake Area Public Library Sunday held its first drive-through trick-or-treat event.

For more than two hours, under blue skies and in windy 37-degree weather, volunteers and staff members in costume or festive gear greeted patrons who arrived by vehicle to drive through the library parking lot at 906 Hart Road.

 

"It's important to come together at this time. The library is one of the staples of our community," said Sean Gilmartin of Hainesville, the library's director of youth services.

"We have about 500 bags that we're giving," Gilmartin said.

The midday event included Halloween music and " ... An assortment of kids' bags with candy, we have non-candy bags for any allergies that may come up, stuff for teens and adults, we have candy, crafts, some books, and then children's (PPE) masks," Gilmartin said.

"We made them (children's PPE masks)," said library assistant Julie Bachinger, who was dressed as a creepy carrot from the "Creepy Carrots!" children's book.

"We've been doing it (PPE mask making) since March," said Bachinger, of Lindenhurst.

More than 3,500 PPE masks for children and adults have been handmade by staff members since the pandemic began, Gilmartin said.

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