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Confectionary construction

Landon Johanningmeir, grandson of Solon teacher Diane Kopp, concentrates on decorating his house of sweets at the Solon Public Library’s gingerbread workshop activity Nov. 17. (photos by Lori Lindner)

SOLON– It doesn’t take much to build a seasonal tradition; just some graham crackers, fluffy white frosting and a few well-placed candies.
Children and their families gathered at the Solon Public Library Nov. 17 to decorate take-home gingerbread houses, just one of the seasonal offerings the library serves up from year to year. The library provides the pre-fabbed graham cracker huts, frosting and candy items, while the kids provide the creative design. Youth Services Librarian Carey Major said the activity has been a library favorite since at least 2009.
“It’s a great opportunity for families to get together; specifically, dad comes, mom comes, grandparents come, the whole family,” said Major. “There is not a lot to do this time of year because it’s so cold out. It’s a good way for us to connect to the community and for them to connect to us.”
The Fisher family has been to many library activities before, including the gingerbread house workshop in years past.
“At home we’ve made one before, and my daddy– he is a surgeon– and he made it surprisingly well. It looked very realistic,” said Mary Fisher.
Building gingerbread houses, whether elaborate ones at home or simple ones at the library, has created good memories for the family.
“It’s fun to make these,” said Kenji Fisher, whose confectionary home construction included a pen full of chickens, a door mat, roof tiles and a sled sitting outside; details of marshmallows, cinnamon candies, licorice and sugary cereal pieces. “And it’s good food.”