The Friends of the Elkin Public Library held the first Storybook Character Breakfast for the library’s benefit Saturday. More than 80 attended.
The breakfast was a joint project between the library group, the Elkin High School Interact Club and the First United Methodist Church of Elkin. Students from the Interact club dressed in costumes of famous storybook characters and gave children a chance meet and take photos with them.
Children were separated by age group, with balloons floating above the respective tables with the ages written in marker.
Breakfast was served first, with pancakes, bacon, egg casserole and fruit. Young men and women from the Methodist church served the parents and children, weaving in and out of the crowd to make sure everyone had a plate before being able to eat themselves. The smell of food was everywhere as soon as the door opened to the fellowship hall.
Each character was announced as they walked in and given a brief overview of their book. Some of the endings were left out, with the message of “visit the library to read more.”
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, Pinkalicious, Darth Vader, Batman, Harry Potter, Fancy Nancy, Cat in the Hat, Brown Bear, Emily Elizabeth, Pete the Cat, Willie Wonka, Cinderella, Pirate Pete and Angelina Ballerina all made appearances.
Following the introductions, each character went to a spot around the room with a poster of their name nearby to meet the children individually. Children and their parents roamed around the fellowship hall taking pictures and talking to the characters.
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital provided gift bags for the children. Each storybook character had a different colored marker to sign their names on the bags so children could take the signed memento home.
Sybil Myers said the event was the first for the Friends of the Library group. The event may turn into an annual fundraiser for the library.
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