Candy is king at Heights Libraries
Candy Land cast members are, top row, left to right: Mr. Mint (Chris Fries), Lord Licorice (Chris Tolin), King Kandy (Henry Drak), Princess Lolly (Rachel Perry), Queen Frostine (Kornela Bogdanowicz); bottom row: Gloppy (Kate Goddard), Gramma Nutt (Barbara Trepal), and Jolly (Jessica Robinson).
Where is King Kandy? On Thursday, Feb. 16, more than 150 brave gingerbread boys and girls traveled through the Peppermint Forest. They visited Gramma Nutt, Jolly Gum Drop, and Mr. Mint, and helped Queen Frostine thwart the evil Lord Licorice on their way to find Candy Castle in the library’s live action Candy Land event at the Lee Road Library.
“Our staff really pulled out all the stops with this program,” said Susan Black, manager of youth services. “The decorations and costumes made for a fun and truly magical evening for the kids.”
Library staff transformed meeting rooms at Lee Road into a life-sized Candy Land game board, complete with a colorful path, candy cane forest, gingerbread house, chocolate swamp, and characters who guided them through the game with clues and tasty treats. Once the kids found Candy Castle, they were treated to a visit with King Kandy himself, hot chocolate, and crafts. In addition, there were candy-related books on hand for families to check out as they left the castle.
“Candy Land is such a popular game with kids—they know and love all the characters,” said Shannon Horrocks, youth services librarian, who organized the program. “We were amazed by the number of families that came out for the event, and the kids’ reactions were priceless. I’ve never seen so many smiles.”
Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.