Lakewood Memorial Library Hosting Hobbit Party

LAKEWOOD – If you see hobbits Bilbo and Frodo in the village of Lakewood on Tuesday, you haven’t accidentally entered Middle Earth.

On Tuesday, the Lakewood Memorial Library, located at 12 Summit St., Lakewood, will be hosting a Hobbit Party for teens from 6-7 p.m. Anyone from the age of 11-18 can attend the party where food and drink will be provided along with music, trivia, prizes and more. The teens are encouraged to come dressed as a Hobbit for the chance to win prizes.

Mary Miller, Lakewood Memorial Library director, said the party goes along with the activities the library has for its summer reading program.

“We’re trying to get people interested in reading,” she said. “It is for children 11 to 18, and we just want the kids to get excited about reading.”

Miller said the library doesn’t often have theme parties, but about once a year they do something to encourage reading.

“Last year, we had something dealing with our young adult collection. We are trying to get preteens and teens involved in reading,” she said.

Miller said the one handling Hobbit events is Allison Freeman, who is an intern at the library.

“Her specialty is young adult and teen literature. She has graduated with a degree in library science,” Miller said.

Miller said some of the prizes teens dressing up as Hobbits can win include books and USB flash drives. She said there is no cost for the teens who want come to the party.

“We would love to have lots of people. We will have food and drinks, and we will have trivia so they better study up before they come,” Miller said.

Miller said the library’s staff has not considered what the next theme will be for a party.

“I think what we will do is see how this goes and ask people that come what would be interesting to them for the next one,” she said.