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!


Families are invited to explore this website — particularly the “Fun for Families” link at the top of the page — to create their own enchanted, folkloric worlds.


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.

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.

Fairy and Gnome building homes is happening in the highlighted communities, libraries and parks throughout the Mohawk Valley Library System.

Fairy House Locations

Fulton County

Johnstown Public Library

38 South Market Street
Johnstown, NY 12095-2333

Website:  http://www.johnstownpubliclibrary.info/


Northville Public Library

341 S. Third St.

Northville, NY 12134-1259

Website:  http://northville.mvls.info

Montgomery County

Amsterdam Free Library

28 Church St.
Amsterdam, NY 12010-2208

Website: http://www.amsterdamlibrary.com/index.html

Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery

2 Erie Boulevard

Canajoharie, NY 13317-1198

Website:  http://www.canajoharielibrary.org

Fort Hunter Free Library
167 Fort Hunter Road
Amsterdam, NY 12010

Fort Plain Free Library
19 Willett Street
Fort Plain, NY 13339-1130

Frothingham Free Library, Fonda
28 West Main Street
Fonda, NY 12068-0746

Haslett Park

Intersection of Main, Willett & River streets,

across from the Fort Plain Free Library's River Street entrance

Fort Plain, NY 13339

Website: http://www.villageoffortplain.com/

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library

19 Kingsbury Ave.

St. Johnsville, NY  13452-1399

Website: https://margaretreaneylibrary.blogspot.com/

Ronald "Ronnie" Mead Park

6264 Route 30

Amsterdam, NY 12010

Website: https://www.townofflorida.com/

Wiles Park

Clyde Street (near the Harry Hoag Elementary School

Fort Plain, NY 13339

Website: http://www.villageoffortplain.com/

Schenectady County

Mohawk Valley Library System

858 Duanesburg Rd.

Schenectady, NY  12306

Website: www.mvls.info

Schenectady County Public Library

Hon. Karen B. Johnson Central Branch

99 Clinton St.

Schenectady, NY 12305-2083

Website: http://www.scpl.org

Schenectady County Public Library Branches:

SCPL: Glenville Branch Library

20 Glenridge Rd

Scotia, NY 12302


SCPL: Mont Pleasant Branch Library

1026 Crane St

Schenectady, NY 12303

SCPL: Niskayuna Branch Library

2400 Nott St E

Niskayuna, NY 12309


SCPL: Phyllis Bornt Branch Library & Literacy Center

948 State St

Schenectady, NY 12307-1520

SCPL: Quaker Street Branch Library

133 Bull St

Delanson, NY 12053-2846


SCPL: Rotterdam Branch Library

1100 N Westcott Rd

Schenectady, NY 12306


SCPL: Scotia Branch Library

14 Mohawk Ave

Schenectady, NY 12302


SCPL: Woodlawn Branch Library

2 Sanford St

Schenectady, NY 12304

Schoharie County

The Community Library, Cobleskill-Richmondville
110 Union Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043-0219

Fox Creek Park

495 Main St. 

Schoharie, NY 12157

Landis Arboretum

174 Lape Road

Esperance, NY 12066

Website: http://www.landisarboretum.org/


Middleburgh Library
323 Main Street
Middleburgh, NY 12122-0670

Schoharie Free Library

103 Knower Ave.

Schoharie, NY 12157-0519

Website:  http://www.schoharielibrary.org

Schoharie Lily Park

119-133 Fort Road

Schoharie, NY 12157

Website: https://schohariepromo.org/lily-park

Schoharie River Center

2025 Burtonville Road

Esperance, NY 12066

Website: www.schoharierivercenter.org

Is your library interested in participating in this program? Click here to have your site added to the map. 

Parks/Greenspaces can participate by clicking here.

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