Welcome to Fairies & Gnomes: Imagine Their Homes!

This is a summer learning project of the Mohawk Valley Library System, whose mission is to provide a summer of magical opportunities for families working together — using social-distancing guidelines and natural “found” materials — to build fairy and gnome homes at their own residences, on library lawns, in community parks and other local sites — wherever the shy and mystical “wood folk” might be found!

Where might one create or stumble upon a fairy or gnome home? Under bushes, near trees, at the base of walls, in crevices — places where the miniature, whimsical structures are unlikely to be disturbed or to cause a disturbance. Creators and seekers of the fairy folk and their abodes are asked to respect public flower displays and gardens and to use natural, non-living materials unless building in their own yards or homes. Libraries, community parks, and green spaces make ideal locations for both fairy and gnome home building and viewing!

​In addition, the 518fairyhomes website https://www.518fairyhomes.com/, has been designed with tips for building fairy and gnome homes out of natural materials, “recipes” for making fairy and gnome foods, scavenger hunts, oodles of fun coloring pages, book lists, a map identifying libraries, parks and other public spaces where you can see other people’s fairy and gnome homes, and much more!

Look in July for some special virtual programs by guests such as educator and naturalist George Steele and author Anita Sanchez. They will introduce viewers to the micro-world of nature — a veritable “nature trail for fairies” — and all the tiny parts (such as mosses, snails, and ladybugs) that are usually overlooked. Another virtual program in the works is “Things with Wings.” Additionally, Alyson Montione from Schoharie is planning to provide prerecorded programs about flower doll making and the “dark side” of fairies.

When finished, families can post photos of their creations to #518Fairyhomes on Instagram or Facebook so the fun of finding other people’s fanciful dwellings — or signs of the elusive wee folk — can begin! 

This is a way for families to celebrate the library summer reading program safely outdoors, build “STEM,” and practice good stewardship of land and resources throughout their local communities.

For more information, contact Sue Rokos, Assistant Director/Youth Services Consultant, MVLS, srokos@mvls.info.

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