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Candyland comes to life for familes at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

By Heather Beyer/ correspondent Published: December 2, 2012
Stow-Munroe Falls Library hosts a life-size version of the Candy Land game annually. This year marks the seventh year of event, which has become an tradition for many families. (Heather Beyer/

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and Friends of the Library bring the timeless game Candy Land to life for the seventh year.

Families embark on a magical adventure as they play the life-size version of the game right in their very own library. 

The characters Mr. Mint, Jolly, Princess Lolly, King Kandy and even the gingerbread people were all incorporated into the enchanting experience. 

“Families have made this a part of their annual tradition,” said Jen Grill, children’s librarian.  

It takes a full eight-hour day to set up for the event, but librarians said it is worth it to see the reactions on the children’s faces when they walk in the door.

Andrew Laser, 6, has attended the Candy Land event for the past five years with his family.

“This is my favorite time of year at the library,” Laser said. “It’s really fun to see the library all decorated for the game.”

Andrew’s mother, Jill Laser, said she has made this a tradition for her family.

“I like the fact that it’s a family activity,” she said. “They do such a good job decorating.”

The Candy Land event is for everyone. Earlier in the day, a 13-year-old girl and her mother stopped by.

She said she didn’t know if she should play the game or not, said Amy Thomas, assistant head librarian for the children’s department.

Thomas told her that everyone is welcome and encouraged her to play the game.

More than 125 people attended the event and families were running in right up until the very last minute.

Kelly Winkler and her children came racing in and were worried they had missed the event.

Thomas welcomed the Winkler family, assured them that they still had 30 minutes to play the game and that there would be ice cream waiting for them when they were done.

The perfect ending to a magical day at the library.