Candy Forest at the Library

A young patron learns how to make edible Christmas trees.

By Eric Hansen, Reference Librarian

Merry Christmas! The holiday season is upon us and there are a number of programs occurring at the Vicksburg District Library that your family may find enjoyable.

First among these is Stephanie Willoughby’s Candy Forest program on Sunday, December 4 from 2-3 p.m. This program is open to children from age five to fifth grade. This is a chance for children and their parents to meet other kids and complete an edible craft project—Christmas trees made from green frosting, sugar cones, spearmint, gumdrops, M&M’s, marshmallows, candy cane bits, and snow caps.

Registration is required and is open until Saturday, December 3. Families may register online through the link on the library’s website or by visiting the Circulation Desk at the library. Because this is a family event, an adult must accompany children during the program.

“Last holiday season was the first time the Vicksburg District Library had the Candy Forest program. The idea was that many kids enjoy making gingerbread houses but don’t get a chance to snack on them. This is a program that kids can get as detailed as they want with their tree, take a few extra licks of frosting, and enjoy their work when they are done,” Willoughby said.

“It was entertaining last year watching the children and their grown-ups have fun making their tree; so much fun that the teen volunteers afterwards wanted in on it too. Because the program is low-key, families can stop in, decorate, and leave at their leisure. This year we will be viewing Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to provide an extra layer of entertainment.”

The Vicksburg District Library is providing free hot chocolate on Tuesday, December 13, in recognition of National Cocoa Day. This is a great opportunity to get a free cup of hot chocolate, meet people in the community, update your library card and wander the library learning about the resources that are available there. It’s a great time to check out the new books and movies that the library purchases each month.

For a complete list of all the exciting programs at Vicksburg District Library, please check the website at

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