Fireside Tales returns Wednesday

Westfield Washington Public Library’s Vicki Parker reads a Halloween themed story during one of last year’s Fireside Tales at Simon Moon Park. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

Westfield Washington Public Library’s Vicki Parker reads a Halloween themed story during one of last year’s Fireside Tales at Simon Moon Park. (File photo by Robert Herrington)

The Westfield Washington Public Library and City of Westfield are once again partnering to host the fourth annual Fireside Tales, a free, themed story time program at the Council Circle Fire Pit at Simon Moon Park, 2710 171st St. Fireside Tales will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and Oct. 9 and 30.

“The fire, location and atmosphere, it’s great for families of Westfield. They just need to come out,” Parks Director Melody Jones said.

Fireside Tales is a free family activity, with each night featuring stories, songs, rhymes, an art activity, and of course, s’mores. The library’s Vicki Parker will be reading the tales and beginning each program with an art activity.

“She is great to work with,” Jones said. “The stories are geared to younger children. We lose older children to the playground or hill.”

Fireside Tales themes include:

Sept. 18 – “Three Times Three Tales.” Hear classic children’s tales about famous threes (three pigs, three bears and three Billy goats). These wacky versions will be told using puppets, props and audience participation. Create art about the number three.

Oct. 9 – “Leaf Me Alone.” Shhh, come hear stories about hibernation and all things autumn. Invent a leaf creature made out of real leaves and flowers you bring from home or use the materials provided.

Oct. 30 – “Howl-o-ween.” Wear your costumes, if you like, and hear stories that are just a little scary and some that are downright howl-arious. Learn how to tell a jump story, and create a dancing monster.

The fire at the pit will be manned by trained parks department staff during the event. Families are encouraged to attend and do not need to register. For more information, call 804-3183 or visit www.westfield.in.gov.