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Friday, December 28, 2012

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Jonah (left) and Josh Breetz came to the Hobbit Party, hosted by the Poland library, dressed in costume to join the movie-premier festivities.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Michael Vargo (left) and Shannon Sharpless showed off the Hobbit door that decorated the entrance to the Poland library's meeting room at the Hobbit Party Dec. 14.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Teens who attended the Poland library's Hobbit Party Dec. 14 showed off the Hobbit feet that they made.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Librarian John Waller dressed up like Gandalf, from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, for the Poland library's Hobbit Party Dec. 14.

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Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Teens at the Poland library's Hobbit Party Dec. 14 made their own versions of The One Ring, from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, out of duct tape and creativity.

By NATALIE SCOTT

nscott@vindy.com

The Poland library hosted a party for teens to celebrate the release of the movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” to theaters Dec. 14. Walking through the door to the library’s meeting room, decorated to look like the door of a Hobbit home, transported you to a party fit for Middle Earth.

As part of this celebration, there was a table where party-goers could make duct tape versions of The One Ring from the movie. Another craft offered at the party was making your own Hobbit feet out of paper to put on top of your own feet.

“We spent about a month planning this event. Decorations took quite a while,” said librarian John Waller, who organized and planned much of the event. “We do a lot of these types of events at various branches of the library, but you’ve got to figure out games and incorporate crafts all according to the theme. We had a lot of support from our graphics team, especially with the decorations.”

For the Hobbit party, Waller created a game that spanned the entirety of the Poland library meeting room.

“It’s a take-off of Candy Land. We have a spinner and there are areas for each part of the book. When you land on that space you have to answer a riddle about that part of the book. Riddles were such a major theme in the book, I thought that would be very appropriate,” said Waller. “There are even secret passages, just like in Candy Land.”

To complete the party, there was pizza, chips, and root beer floats or water. As a special treat for dessert, Hobbit-foot cookies were passed around for all to enjoy.


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