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Whitmore Library draws crowds during two events geared toward youth

Mar 09, 2016 12:33PM ● By Bryan Scott

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]

Cottonwood - Holladay - During the month of February, the Whitmore Library offered two activities for children and teens which drew big crowds. The first activity was a “Frozen” party based off the Disney movie and took place on Feb. 6.

“It’s a very popular topic,” said Kira Moody, the Youth Services librarian at Whitmore. “The kids have really latched on to ‘Frozen’.” 

The idea for the “Frozen” party came about after the library discovered an events group that will bring in actors to play different Disney characters to interact and play with children. 

“We thought we’d do ‘Frozen’,” Moody said. 

Elsa and Olaf were there to sign autographs and take pictures with the kids. The pair also read books during storytime and played games with the kids, as well as other activities. 

Moody explained the library tries to do a Disney themed party once a year to get young children into the library.

“We want to promote early literacy skills and show what the library has to offer,” she said.

The other successful program was Death by Chocolate which took place on Feb. 13. 

“This was for everyone who is obsessed with chocolate,” Moody said. “It’s everything about chocolate.” 

At the event, kids from ages 12 to 17 enjoyed a round of chocolate themed Jeapordy, chocolate crafts, and various games.

Moody said the idea for the event came out of hosting various other events. 

“It seemed like at all of the programs, they would ask for chocolate,” Moody said. “So I thought we’d have a chocolate themed program.” 

During the month of March, Whitmore Library is hosting several other activities teens may be interested in. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 4 is the Teen Laser Tag Lock-in Party. For ages 14 to 17, the library will be locked in after hours for a night of laser tag, tech gadgets, board games and more. Permission slips will be available starting February 26 and tickets are available two hours before program begins.

All throughout the month of March is also the teen art contest at the library. For ages 12 to 17, participants will receive a $5 book fine waiver. Winners will win a bag of art supplies. See a librarian for entry form and/or more details.

For more information on upcoming events at Whitmore Library, visit