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Opinion

Perez: Shared book helps Westmont readers discover Grimms’ fairy tales

Community Voice

Alea Perez is the head of youth services at the Westmont Public Library.
Alea Perez is the head of youth services at the Westmont Public Library.

Discover and share the magic of fairy tales with the Westmont Public Library this winter during our Westmont Reads program! This year, for our one book one community event, staff have selected "Grimm’s Fairy Tales" by the German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. We invite community members to pick up a free copy of the book at the library and join us throughout the winter for captivating conversations and programs centered on the themes in the stories.

Books are now available for adults. Programs for adults include a specially designed Escape the Room program, a book discussion with sweet German treats and a program exploring the darker side of Grimms’ fairy tales. For added fun, participants also will have the opportunity to win prizes by participating in the Grimms’ character “bracket,” much like a March Madness basketball bracket, to determine who is Westmont’s favorite "Grimm’s Fairy Tales" character.

Youth books will be available beginning Jan. 13 at our Westmont Reads program kick-off party. At the Grimm Celebration family event from 2 to 4 p.m., participants have the opportunity to sample Jack’s magic beans, go on a scavenger hunt to find the basket of goodies for Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and enjoy storytelling by Megan Wells at 2 p.m. Crafts, activities and games begin at 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Prairie Area Reading Council. There also is an opportunity for young participants to complete fun reading and activity goals throughout the winter for the chance to earn prizes.

Find all available programs in our winter newsletter or on our website at westmontlibrary.org/westmontreads. Community members can check out a copy of the book, download digital copies using the library’s digital service known as cloudLibrary or download a free e-book from Project Gutenberg at gutenberg.org.

In addition to the original stories, the library provides numerous and equally enjoyable adaptations, retellings and read-alikes in various formats, including graphic novels, movies and audiobooks. We look forward to seeing you in the library this winter. Happy reading!

Alea Perez is the head of youth services at the Westmont Public Library.  

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