ELMER DAY – MAY 25, 2019!!!
2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first book published about the patchwork elephant Elmer. Written by David McKee, the series features over 30 picture books.
In contrast with his fellow gray elephants, Elmer is covered in colorful patchwork. The classic character allows young children to explore what makes them unique and the diversity of the community around them. Elmer’s attempt in the very first book to hide his unique patchwork results in his friends reassuring Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them.
The Graceville Public Library will be celebrating Elmer Day with patchwork crafts, games, etc. for you to do.
Elmer’s Special Day revisits Elmer Day in the jungle. This time Elmer realizes that the other animals in the jungle have been left out of the celebration. Elmer declares “everyone means everyone” when it comes to Elmer Day. The message invites children to consider who they might be leaving out in their own play and friendships. Once again, Elmer stands for the celebration of self and the inclusion of all.
As a friendly reminder, you have 2 weeks to pick up your baskets before they will go to the next person. Please be sure to pick up your prize as soon as possible. Thank you!
We had 18 adults participate and 40 kids!
Congratulations to Jennifer Smith on guessing 10,044 books in the library. She was short 4,577 as we have a total of 14,621 books. Jennifer will be taking home the ‘Life is a Garden’ pot of gardening goodies! Congratulations to Elizabeth Eustice for guessing 500 goldfish in the bowl. She was just 23 long of the 477 goldfish that were in the bowl. Elizabeth will be taking home the ‘Rainbow of Fun’ basket full of books, toys, and candy.
Who’s ready for another bus trip?
Yes, we are going on a trip again. Not too far away, but yet a full day. The date is Friday, May 17th. We will leave Ortonville at 8:00 a.m., pick up in Graceville at 8:30 a.m. We should be back about 6-6:30 p.m.
We will be visiting the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, then go on to the Carlos Creek Winery for our lunch ($12), wine tasting and seeing how they make it. Our last stop will be at the Design Station. Here you will have the opportunity to see the workshop and make yourself a sign to take home with you.
The only cost to you is $12 for your lunch. This must be paid at the time of registration to hold your seat. All the other admission costs and craft costs are covered. Sign up today at the Ortonville or Graceville Public Library. Seats are limited. Big Stone County residents have the first opportunity. Put your name on the waiting list if you are not from Big Stone County.
Frank F. Weber’s new date to visit is now Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 am. Please be sure to mark your calendars!!
Well, this is a first. We have a tie! Congratulations to Julie Wagner and Butch Doll who have ended the Winter Reading Program this year with 55 books each. That’s a lot of books in 3 months! Coming in second is Sharon Athey at 46 and third is Kay Hodge at 42. We sure have some dedicated readers. Julie and Butch each have won a $20 gift certificate to Graceville Country Market. Thanks to everyone who participated and we will see you again next winter!