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Library patrons travel through life-size Candy Land

Library patrons travel through life-size Candy Land

Walking through the Peppermint Forest, traversing the Lollipop Woods and braving the Molasses Swamp to the Ice Cream Sea, families played life-size Candy Land recently at the Irving Street Library.  Over 70 library patrons used a color-filled spinner to navigate pathways through the children's room and visit the sweet stations of crafts and games. 

“It was a great chance for new visitors to check out what the Westminster Public Library has to offer our families. Playing the game reinforced colors and counting and everybody was able to decorate their own cupcake with Queen Frostine at the end,” said Library Associate II Drew Kenyon.

The life-size Candy Land was envisioned by Library Associate II Janna Petersen. They used recycled items and supplies available in the workroom at Irving Street. 

“There were six stations that Janna and I made. [Library Associate I] Kim Baker created the candy archway coming into the kids' room. I created all the signs for each craft area and the footpath for patrons to follow. Janna created the spinners. There were additional areas of just art that Kim jumped in to help with, including Mr. Mint,” said Kenyon.

A library patron wrote in a comment, "Thank you for Sunday! The kids had a blast!"

Kenyon said that staff would be open to holding the event again.

“It was one of our biggest successes with regards to the number of patrons who attended as well as new people who came. Many people said they had never been to Irving Street Library before so that was exciting for us,” Kenyon said. “We also were thrilled when one of the library employees asked if she could take the sets home for a Christmas project she is working on.”

Candy Land was first published in 1949 and has gone through many revisions, with the 1984 edition introducing characters such as Mr. Mint and Gramma Nutt, a storyline, the modern track layout and a purple square at the end.

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