Storybook characters come alive during a fundraiser organized by the Friends of Elkin Public Library.
The organization will host its second annual Storybook Character Breakfast on May 3 at 9 a.m. at the Elkin First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 340 Hawthorne Road.
According to event organizers, 22 students from Interact, a program administered by Elkin High School and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elkin, will character up in costumes during the morning event.
“After a hearty breakfast, kids will be able to meet their favorite book characters up close and personal. Attendees will have a free take-home memento that each character will autograph. Door prizes will be books. Also, the winners of the Geek It! bookmark contest will be announced. Winning bookmarks will be reproduced and distributed to readers at the library during the coming months,” said Martha Smith, branch librarian for the Elkin Public Library.
“A few characters one will see could be Clifford the Big Red Dog with his friend, Emily Elizabeth, Darth Vader, Cinderella, Elsa and Anna from the book ‘Frozen,’ are just a few that will have you laughing and anxious to meet following the program,” said event organizer Nancy Ball.
“Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite book character costume. Bring your family and friends and expect to have an unforgettable day,” continued Ball.
Smith said the event will raise money for the library’s summer programs that will begin June 19 and run through July 31. The programs will revolve around chemistry and science with the theme statement of “Fizz Boom Read!” In 2013, 37 preschool and elementary-age programs were presented with a total attendance of almost 1,800 people.
According to Smith, more than 8,000 books circulated last summer so kids did not lose ground in their reading level skills developed over the previous school year.
The Elkin Public Library is a member of the Northwestern Regional Library, which serves residents in Surry, Yadkin, Alleghany, and Stokes counties. The Library participates in CSLP, Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national organization that assists librarians in producing marketing materials and program guidelines and ideas.
Tickets are $10 each with children younger than 1 admitted free. Tickets are available at the Elkin Public Library in advance. The Friends of Elkin Public Library recommend advance purchase of tickets so they may plan for seating a food distribution.
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