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Stuffies stay over and act up

Library event combines reading with whimsical pretending

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  |  Posted: Saturday, Jan 11, 2014 06:00 am

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  • Visiting stuffies get in some computer time. Scroll left through the photo gallery for a step-by-step account of their night at the library.
    Visiting stuffies get in some computer time. Scroll left through the photo gallery for a step-by-step account of their night at the library.
  • 1. The stuffies first go exploring and discover the craft supplies. Rapunzel uses her long hair to let down some supplies (jewels).
    1. The stuffies first go exploring and discover the craft supplies. Rapunzel uses her long hair to let down some supplies (jewels).
  • 2. The stuffies use those supplies to make a poster advertising their planned activity.
    2. The stuffies use those supplies to make a poster advertising their planned activity.
  • 3. Then they hold a tea party.
    3. Then they hold a tea party.
  • 4. After the tea party they go looking for pictures of their friends in books. Here, a stuffie named Scottie reads about different kinds of dogs.
    4. After the tea party they go looking for pictures of their friends in books. Here, a stuffie named Scottie reads about different kinds of dogs.
  • 5. After more exploring, the creatures discover the music CDs and decide they should have a dance party too!
    5. After more exploring, the creatures discover the music CDs and decide they should have a dance party too!
  • 6. All the noise attracts the attention of Ember the library dragon. She introduces herself and reads them a story. Her friend the Very Hungry Caterpillar helps out by turning the pages. 
    6. All the noise attracts the attention of Ember the library dragon. She introduces herself and reads them a story. Her friend the Very Hungry Caterpillar helps out by turning the pages. 
  • 7. The story reminds the stuffies of the first book they’d read during their storytime with their human owners. This book was Mortimer by Robert Munsch. They decide to 
re-read Mortimer.
    7. The story reminds the stuffies of the first book they’d read during their storytime with their human owners. This book was Mortimer by Robert Munsch. They decide to 
re-read Mortimer.
  • 8. Just like Mortimer in the book, the stuffies make plenty of noise during the story while a variety of people shout: “BE QUIET”. Also like Mortimer, they fall asleep while waiting for one last BE QUIET 
that never comes.
    8. Just like Mortimer in the book, the stuffies make plenty of noise during the story while a variety of people shout: “BE QUIET”. Also like Mortimer, they fall asleep while waiting for one last BE QUIET 
that never comes.

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On the night of Jan. 7, 16 stuffed animals and cartoon characters took over the St. Albert Public Library. Brought to the facility by their human owners (aged four to six) for an evening of stories, the stuffies stayed behind for an overnight sleepover.

The shenanigans that took place over the ensuing hours were captured in a series of photos. The child owners returned the next day to receive a booklet containing visual evidence of their stuffies having fun at the library.

Photos by Charity Ambs and Colleen Moore of the St. Albert Public Library.


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