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Gingerbread house decorating workshops at La Salle library

La Salle Public Library, 305 Marquette St., La Salle, will offer a special Holiday Family Weekend workshop at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Beginning with pre-made "gingerbread" houses constructed using graham crackers and royal icing, “Welcome to Gingerbread Lane” lets participants get right into the fun of decorating.

All supplies will be furnished along with instructions and basic techniques. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free, open to the public and geared to children ages 5 and older.

Families will leave with a decorated house and will also learn techniques that can help them modify the decorating to change the appearance of the house in a variety of ways and to alter the construction before decorating to create a larger, more complex structure. Additional ideas will be explored for personalizing the decorated houses with trees, snowpeople, walkways and outdoor decorations.

Because space is limited to 25 children per workshop, this program will require registration. Each workshop will run for two hours and begin promptly. Registration by phone or in person is required no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, to allow for staff construction of basic houses. For more information or to register, call the library at 815-223-2341.

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