Local children's author Liza Gardner Walsh will hold a launch party for her new book, “Ghost Hunter's Handbook,” Thursday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library, 485 Commercial St./Route 1.

Participants will get to explore the library for ghosts, make Halloween crafts, hear some scary stories and get some spooky surprises. Walsh is the author of “Treasure Hunter's Handbook,” “Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows” and “Muddy Boots,” among others.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.