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Story time, dress up event shiould be fun for kids of all ages at the Estacada Public Library

The Estacada library's Flora Room will soon become enchanted.

Knights, princesses, wizards, dragons and other mythical characters are invited to stop by for a fairy tale themed story time event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.

"I wanted a fun, dress up event," said Deborah VanDetta, youth services librarian at the Estacada Public Library. "There will be lots of fun decorations and hands on activities. It should be a lot of fun."

Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

The afternoon will feature several fairy tale themed stories, though it will be "mostly self-exploration with kids and parents," VanDetta explained.

Activities for the afternoon will include crafts, creating slime and building with blocks.

"Maybe we'll make crowns or dragons," VanDetta mused. "Something fun (that children can) take home to play with."

VanDetta is excited to share the event with the Estacada community.

"I think there's a need for focused dress up play," she said, adding that the library hosted a pirate-themed story time last year. "Hopefully people come and enjoy it. (I'm looking forward to) creating this space that feels really fantastical, even just for a few hours. Creating a different environment is the most exciting part, to me."

She added that she believes fairy tales appeal to many people of all ages — not just children.

"They kind of go back to century old stories found all over the world," she said. "Since the most ancient times, fairy tales have always reminded people that there's magic in the world. We most see it as a child, but it speaks to some (people) throughout their lives."

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