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Originally published Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Libraries help celebrate Day of the Dead

Here's Cheap Fun: Seattle Public Library helps you try your hand at decorating sugar skulls or crafting traditional paper lanterns for the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).

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Halloween and Día de los Muertos rub shoulders on the calendar, but the latter, Mexico's Day of the Dead observance, is a joyous celebration of departed loved ones, with nothing spooky about it.

Well, OK, it does involve decorations in the likeness of skulls. But it's all good fun.

Kids and adults together can learn more about it in coming weeks — and maybe try their hand at decorating the traditional skull made of sugar — at various Seattle Public Library branches.

All activities are free of charge, a phrase that fits right in with Cheap Fun.

The schedule:

• 1 p.m. Saturday, sculpting clay skulls, South Park Library, 8604 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle.

• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, creating luminarias (traditional paper lanterns), Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle;

• 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30, decorating sugar skulls, Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle;

• 2 p.m. Nov. 5, decorating sugar skulls, Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle;

• 2 p.m. Nov. 12, luminarias, Southwest Library, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle.

More information: 206-386-4636 or www.spl.org.

Seattle Times staff

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