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The latest Stratford Library event in the city center, inspired by the new movie Fantastic Beasts

by Stewart Cole

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The Stratford Public Library is celebrating the release in North America this week of the new Fantastic Beasts movie with its third downtown adventure game.

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“We wanted to get the fans excited about the film while also encouraging them to celebrate the spring weather and our beautiful center,” said Brooke Windsor, a teen services librarian. “We designed this program to be fun, to stimulate curiosity and critical thinking, and to encourage citizen exploration. “We are excited to continue our partnerships with some really supportive local businesses.”

The library’s latest three-week event – Fantastic Beasts and the Stratford Expedition – kicks off on Thursday, when weekly challenges will begin to appear in the windows of twelve downtown stores. Players can take part by completing each challenge and submitting their results to the library via Instagram (@ spl.ignite).

Everyone is welcome to participate, but only players aged six to 18 are eligible to win prizes. More information, including how to register, is available at library website.

Friday’s release of The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third installment in JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts series, offered the library a great opportunity to launch a new downtown adventure game this spring, Windsor said. Fantastic Beasts and the Stratford Expedition is the library’s third event with local businesses, after the Harry Potter and Marvel themed games first aired last year.

About 150 people attended each of the first two events, Windsor said.

“I think they were so successful because it allows people to really explore the city in a really creative, adventurous way,” he said. “You do not just run to the store, you run to the store and you manage to save fantastic beasts that are lost in the city and so it just has this extra spice to make something that could be cosmopolitan, very special. . »

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Fantastic Beasts and the Stratford Expedition is not the only program the Stratford Library is planning for its youngest visitors this spring. The library’s virtual Spring into Coding program, a workshop for students in Grades 1-9 organized in collaboration with the Engineering Science Quest of the University of Waterloo – will take place on April 18.

In May, teen Squid Game fans can try their luck at a new off-schedule program based on the successful Netflix show. The personal event will challenge groups of students in Grades 9-12 to solve puzzles by avoiding library staff in a flag game throughout the building.

“It’s very different,” Windsor said. “(Players) will be able to run and scream in the library and that is encouraged.”

There will be space for 35 participants in order of priority.

“We do not have many teens in the library other than those who come in and grab a book and go out,” Windsor said. “We want to show them that this is an open, welcoming space. It’s also a great way to put in a hard time learning. “

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