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Half term Elmer fun!

To celebrate Elmer Day we’ve themed our half term activities around the iconic elephant stories. Look below to find lots of crafts, activities and stories to keep you occupied over the holidays.

Young children doing crafts in the library

Elmer crafts and picture hunt

There will be an Elmer picture hunt available from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June and all libraries will have an Elmer craft session during half term as listed below:

Basford Library Saturday 25 May 10.30am-12.30pm

Bilborough Library Thursday 30 May 2pm-3.30pm

Bulwell Library Thursday 30 May 10.30am-12.30pm

Clifton Library Thursday 30 May 2pm-3.30pm

The Dales Library Friday 31 May 11am-1pm

Hyson Green Library Thursday 30 May 11.30am-1.30pm

Nottingham Central Library Tuesday 28 May 10am-12pm

Radford/Lenton Library Wednesday 29 May 3pm-5pm

The Meadows Library Saturday 25 May 10.30am-12.30pm

Southglade Park Library Wednesday 29 May 10am-1pm

St Ann’s Library Friday 31 May 2pm-3pm

Strelley Road Library Wednesday 29 May 10am-12pm

Wollaton Library Thursday 30 May 10.30am-12pm

PIcture of Elmer the elephant

Elmer stories

Join Elmer author David Mc Kee and Luna Loves the Library author Joseph Coelho as they read their favourite Elmer stories.

Elmer dice game

Elmer Day activities

Elmer day is celebrated every year in May and there’s lots to explore on the Elmer website.

Check out these lovely downloadable Elmer activities. There’s colouring, crafts, games, mazes and more, perfect for keeping children busy during half term!

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Elmer books

Elmer remains one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time. Author David McKee has written over 25 Elmer stories and here are some of our favourites which you can borrow from our libraries:

Elmer’s Walk – Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he points out one of these lovely things to the other animals, they all say they don’t have time to stop. They’re far too busy. Luckily Wilbur arrives at last and shares Elmer’s enjoyment in the stars.

Elmer’s Birthday – The elephants decide it’s their turn to play a trick on Elmer: all of the animals must pretend to forget his birthday tomorrow! But when the day comes the trick doesn’t quite go according to plan. The elephants should have listened to Elmer’s friends.

Elmer and the Monster – There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roaring sound sends the animals stampeding, convinced it’s a monster. But all is not as it seems. Only Elmer is brave enough to investigate, and what he discovers comes as quite a surprise!


Books for parents and carers

Being a parent or carer can be hard and the challenges change as your child grows.  Our Parenting collections include a range of titles to encourage, inspire and inform you, and remind you that you’re not alone, as well as to help you to talk about new or difficult experiences with your children.

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