Celebrate your inner elephant at Elmer Day

Release Date: 23 May 2017

Libraries across the borough will be celebrating National Elmer Day next week with fun activities for children of all ages.

Elmer Day, 27 May, is a national event celebrating Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, a popular children’s character, created by David McKee.

Elmer is the elephant who just wants to fit in but can’t help standing out. It is a timeless story of diversity, friendship and the importance of identity. This year libraries across the borough will be bringing the heart-warming tale to life, holding special Elmer storytimes across the borough’s libraries from 27 May until 1 June.

As part of each library’s story time session, children are being invited to dress in their brightest colours and join in the fun. There will be stories, games (including a Hunt Elmer and His Friends) and craft activities where children can make their own pair of Elmer ears.

Ishbel Murray, Assistant Director of Contracts and Leisure, said:

“Elmer is a children’s tale of friendship and individuality. These events are aimed at young children – to help them understand and appreciate diversity in their community.”

For more information about events in your local library, see the story time page.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P225/17

Updated: 31 May 2017