Year of Elmer

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant
Year of Elmer with Hampshire Library Service
 

It’s Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’s 30th Birthday.

We love Elmer at Hampshire Libraries.

He reminds us that we love each other because of our differences and not in spite of them. We are going to spend 2019 celebrating Elmer’s birthday and celebrating everything that’s great about diversity.

We have special edition library cards for young members, loads of events and activities, along with competitions and story trails.

Join us in celebrating this very special elephant’s birthday and discovering what makes you unique.

Happy 30th Birthday Elmer Badge

Special edition children’s library cards

To celebrate our favourite patchwork elephant’s birthday, during February half-term we’re launching special Elmer library cards for young people who join the Hampshire Libraries in 2019. As you can see, one card features Elmer himself and one features Elmer’s unique patchwork pattern.

Any young person living or studying in Hampshire can join our library service. You can join in any Hampshire library branch, or join online if you are aged 16 or over.

  • If you’re already a member of Hampshire Libraries, you can get one of the special edition cards from your library for £1. New members will get them for free
  • If your membership has expired, you don't need to apply for a new card. Just visit your library to renew your membership
  • If you’ve lost your library card, visit your library to get a replacement for £1 charge
  • If you have a library card but don't know your PIN, you can get a PIN reminder

Downloadable Crafts and Activities

Download step-by-step guide to making a milk bottle Elmer.
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

Download and print Elmer colouring sheets
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

Download and print Elmer printable bunting
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

Download and print Elmer dice game
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

Download and print Elmer Pin-the-Tail game
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

Download and print Elmer and the Race activity
(© 2019, David McKee. Licensed by Andersen Press Ltd, London. www.elmer.co.uk).

When Where What's happening?
Friday 24 May, 2pm to 2.45pm Leigh Park Library Story time and craft
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 12noon Leigh Park Library Elmer crafts
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 2pm Chineham Library Crafts and Elmer storytime
Saturday 25 May, 11am Romsey Library  Elmer storytime
Saturday 25 May, 11am to 3pm Romsey Library Drop in crafts and activities
Saturday 25 May, 1pm to 3pm Romsey Library Elephant Construction Club
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 12noon Fleet Library Hide and seek trail, colouring, story and milk bottle craft Elmer
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 12noon Havant Library Elmer crafts
Saturday 25 May, 9.30am to 12noon Emsworth Library Elmer crafts
Saturday 25 May, 11am to 12noon Porchester Library Elmer day! Crafts and activities. Free
Saturday 25 May, 2.15pm to 3.15pm Alton Library Elmer Event
Saturday 25 May Odiham Library Treasure hunt - free. Plus colouring
Saturday 25 May Totton Library Free Elmer storytime and craft to make Elmer ears and an Elmer out of milk cartons
Saturday 25 May, 11am to 1pm Yateley Library Elmer Storytime 11am followed by craft drop in until 12.30pm - free
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 3pm Fareham Library Elmer day! Saturday craft club. Free
Saturday 25 May, 11am to 12noon Gosport Discovery Centre Elmer storytime special. Free
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 2pm Waterlooville Library Elmer crafts and Elmer hunt
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 12 Havant Library Elmer the Elephant activity, suitable for 4+: carers to stay
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 3pm Winchester Discovery Centre Range of Elmer activities (colouring, puzzles and Elmer trail) free in the children's library
Saturday 25 May, 10.30am to 11.30am  Andover Library Craft and decorate Elmer from recycling a plastic milk bottle. Suitable 4-11 years. Free event but bookable through Andover Library
Saturday 25 May, 11am Winchester Discovery Centre Elmer story time free in the children's library
Saturday 25 May, 2pm to 4pm Winchester Discovery Centre Elmer Lego free in the children's library
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 3pm Eastleigh Library Craft activity - milk bottle Elmers and Elmer ears. Join us for some Elmer-themed crafts and colouring and come dressed in your brightest colours to help us celebrate Elmer Day and to receive a sticker!
Saturday 25 May Stubbington Library Free, activity sheets available throughout the day
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 4pm Lymington Library Elmery Day. Free trail, bunting, paper chains, stained glass, Elmer's colourful straw necklaces, large Wilbur, colourings and Elmer Lego construction
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 11am Chandlers Ford Library Elmer storytime
All Half Term, all day Chandlers Ford Library Elmer trail
All Half Term, all day Lymington Library Free, Elmer plate decorating, trail and colouring
Sunday 26 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm Winchester Discovery Centre Elmer craft at Sunday Craft Club - free in the children's library
Tuesday 28 May, 11am onwards Chandlers Ford Library Construction Club with Elephants/Elmer designs to build
Tuesday 28 May, 10.30am to 11am Eastleigh Library Elmer Storytime plus - Come and celebrate Elmer's 30th birthday with us at our colour themed session with stories, songs and crafts!
Tuesday 28 May, 10am to 10.30am Bridgemary Library Elmer Storytime Special
Tuesday 28 May, 10am to 2pm Waterlooville Library Elmer crafts and hunt
Tuesday 28 May, 10.15am to 11.15am Lee-on-the-Solent Library Stories, crafts, songs for Elmer's birthday celebration! Free but must obtain tickets which are available within library.
Wednesday 29 May 10am to 4pm Chandlers Ford Library Elmer crafts - colouring/Elmer ears/Elmer bunting
Wednesday 29 May, 10am to 3pm Winchester Discovery Centre Make Elmer ears craft - free in the children's library
Thursday 30 May, 10am to 3pm Winchester Discovery Centre Elmer paper plate craft - free in the children's library
Thursday 30 May, 9.45am to 11am Winchester Discovery Centre Rhymetime in the Performance hall. Free
Thursday 30 May, 10.30am to 11.30am Elson Library Elmer craft activity and hide and seek game. Free
Thursday 30 May, 11am onwards Chandlers Ford Library Construction Club with Elephants/Elmer designs to build
Friday 31 May, 10am to 3pm Winchester Discovery Centre Make your own friend for Elmer craft - free in the children's library
Friday 31 May, 10am to 4pm Chandlers Ford Library Elmer Crafts - colouring/Elmer ears/Elmer bunting
Saturday 1 June, 10am to 3pm  Winchester Discovery Centre Elmer colouring and puzzles - free in the children's library
Saturday 1 June Fordingbridge Library Decorating giant Elmer, plus Elmer hunt, colouring and so on. Free drop-in
Saturday 1 June 10am to 11am Chandlers Ford Library Elmer storytime
Saturday 1 June Fleet Library Elmer storytime and craft
On-going Throughout Hampshire Libraries Elmer themed story time and rhyme time
May half-term Various Hampshire Libraries Elmer Day celebrations
May half-term Various Hampshire Libraries Elmer’s Walk book trails
All of May Half Term Hedge End Library Elmer Treasure hunt - free event
On-going Throughout Hampshire Libraries Elmer themed competitions and prizes
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