Living the sweet life in a full-sized Candy Land

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BRATTLEBORO — A childhood board game involving candy and colorful squares became a full-size treat at the Brooks Memorial Library, in Brattleboro, Vt., as people acted as the characters of the game.

A team of four people spent nearly eleven hours on Wednesday turning the meeting room at the library into a colorful board game filled with gumdrops and candy canes.

Library director Starr LaTronica said board games are a great literacy development tool because there is so much conversation that goes on when you play a board game with a child.

"To have that fluency with language, to have a good vocabulary, and when you encounter those words in print it will come more easily," said LaTronica. "In addition to just being fabulously fun, it's also a very important early literacy development tool."

LaTronica said children talk about colors, they count, and talk about the places they are going during the game. Any time you have that conversation with children, you are developing language, which is the first step in them learning how to read.

"It's Candy Land, and it's gorgeous, and look what they did, it's amazing," said LaTronica. "It was all just a beautiful scheme of the Youth Services Department, and that is what they do, they approach learning in a whole child-like way, that it's not just phonics, it's not just learning the alphabet, it's about learning all kinds of things at the same time."

Chloe Liotta-Jones, a librarian, said there has been plenty of excitement about the room so far, and people get a bag of candy from Life is Sweet candy store when their 30 minutes are done.

People can sign up to play the life-sized board game today from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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