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Elmer out on his travels to celebrate Elmer Day

Close up of Elmer the patchwork elephant

Several libraries in Suffolk are holding colourful events to celebrate Elmer the Patchwork Elephant this month.

Ipswich County Library’s celebration will be extra special as our original Elmer the Patchwork Elephant sculpture is paying them a visit; he will be there for the bank holiday weekend from Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May, after which he will be moving on to the Suffolk Show to appear on the BBC Radio Suffolk stand on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 May.

Elmer Day celebrates the ongoing popularity of the colourful elephant who has featured in over 30 books by David McKee. Elmer Day is also a celebration of reading, elephants and accepting yourself and others. Activities will be taking place across the country with children being encouraged to dress up in bright colours

The first Elmer book was published in 1989. It was inspired by an incident where McKee’s mixed-race daughter was verbally abused. His stories promote acceptance both in other people and ourselves and have sold millions of copies round the world.

Elmer Day takes place on Saturday 26 May, with many libraries holding events on or around this date:

    • Bungay Library
      Sat 26 May – 11:00
    • Chantry Library
    • Great Cornard Library
      Sat 26 May – 12:00
    • Hadleigh Library
      Sat 26 May – 11:00
    • Ipswich County Library
      Sat 26 May – 14:30
    • Stoke Library
      Sat 26 May – 09:30
    • Halesworth Library
      Sun 27 May – 12:00
    • Broomhill Library
      Tue 29 May – 10:15
      Broomhill Library
    • Southwold Library
      Fri 1 Jun – 14:00

For more information about what is happening at each library visit the Suffolk Libraries website.

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk - A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice

Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk – A Wild in Art event in support of St Elizabeth Hospice