Children’s books will come to life in less than two weeks as area youngsters get an opportunity to meet their storybook favorites during the annual Storybook Character Breakfast.
About 28 characters, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog and Emily Elizabeth, Elsa and Anna, Darth Vader and Princess Leia, Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tinkerbell, will join area children during a breakfast fundraiser for the Elkin Public Library’s summer reading program.
The breakfast will be April 9 at 9 a.m., with a menu to include fruit, toast, bacon, breakfast casserole of eggs and cheese, juice, coffee and milk, explained Martha Smith, branch librarian at the Elkin library.
The event is hosted by the Friends of the Elkin Public Library and will be held in the fellowship hall of Elkin First United Methodist Church.
Lasting just more than an hour, Smith said the characters will enter the room one at a time to a script. “They will walk in and cut up just a little bit as they travel between the tables,” she said.
Once all the characters are at the front, they will then scatter throughout the room giving children an opportunity to greet them, get their autographs and pictures.
“It is geared toward children ages 3 to 7 or 8, whose imaginations are still open to having teenagers dressed in costume being the real thing,” said Smith, explaining that members of the Elkin High School Interact Club portray the characters. “[The teens] always seem to enjoy it, and they are getting better at it. To the kids, they are the real thing.”
Children attending will be able to play Storybook Character Bingo, and each child will receive a picture book to take home. “They can talk to the characters and get them to autograph their bingo sheet or book,” Smith said.
Those coming to the breakfast also are welcome to dress in characters if they want to, she said, but that is optional.
“It’s not a long breakfast, and if they are too shy to go to the characters, the kids don’t have to stay,” said Smith.
This year, a few scholarships are available for children who might want to attend the breakfast but cannot afford the $10 per person ticket cost. Smith said preschool or elementary school teachers should call the library to provide the name of the child and his or her parent, who both will be able to attend free on the scholarship opportunity.
For everyone else, the cost for the breakfast is $10 each. “It is meant to raise money, because it takes between $5,000 and $6,000 to put on the summer reading program each year,” Smith said.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Elkin Public Library, 111 N. Front St.
This year’s summer reading theme is “Exercise,” with a slogan for the children of “On your mark, get set, read.” The adult slogan is “Exercise your mind.”
“We’ve already booked programs, and we’re putting the final details on that,” Smith said.
Emcee for the Storybook Character Breakfast will be children’s librarian Wendy Giudici.
Several sponsors are assisting with the breakfast including Dr. Stephanie Cartwright, optometrist; Speedy Chef; Underdown, Ball and Associates; Amy Tayloe; Lindsey and Will Ballard; Courtney and Jonathan Snyder; and Elizabeth and Chris Madden.
For more information on the breakfast, call the library at 336-835-5586.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.