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Color Our Collections (Plus MadLibs!): Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween, readers! To help you celebrate, we’re sharing some spooky materials from volumes at Spencer Research Library. Get creative with a Frankenstein-themed MadLibs passage and enjoy coloring scenes of monsters, beasts, and mythical creatures. You can download printable PDFs of the images (the two below plus two others of sea monsters) and the FrankenLibs activity (which includes the original Frankenstein text).

"The Dance of the Dead" in The Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493
“The Dance of the Dead” depicted in Liber chronicarum (The Nuremberg Chronicle) by Hartmann Schedel, 1493. Call Number: Summerfield H12. Click image to enlarge. Download a printable PDF of this and four other images.
"The Franklin's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales in the Kelmscott Chaucer, 1896
The Franklin’s Tale” in The Canterbury Tales in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Now Newly Imprinted [Kelmscott Chaucer], 1896. Call Number: H11. Click image to enlarge. Download a printable PDF of this and four other images.
A passage from Chapter 5 of Frankenstein, 1831
A passage from Chapter 5 of Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1831. Call Number: B7984. Click image to enlarge. Download a printable PDF of the MadLibs activity with the original passage in Frankenstein.

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