Local library hosts ‘Grinch’ event

The Inter-Mountain photo by Bayli Helmick Stephanie Murphy, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, reads Dr Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ to more than 40 children attending the library’s reading and showing of the ‘Grinch’ movie. Children were provided with free hot chocolate and popcorn during the movie. After the showing, children were given candy canes and the opportunity to meet the Grinch.

ELKINS — Children gathered in their pajamas at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library Friday for a reading and showing of Dr Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

With more than 40 children in attendance, kids were provided with free snacks and drinks, while they enjoyed a reading of the book by Stephanie Murphy, executive director of the library, with the movie showing following the reading.

The movie was shown on the television and DVD player recently donated by the Friends of the Library.

After the movie, children were greeted with candy canes by the Grinch, who was on bail from his recent arrest.

The library was decorated, with help from the staff and volunteers, to represent Whoville. The decorations will be left up until the end of December, for all who wish to see.

The library will continue to offer other holiday activities and events until the end of the month.

On Tuesday, the library will offer the F.I.D.O. Read to a Dog program for children at 6 p.m. Stella’s Children’s Story Hour will be presented on Dec. 29.

The library is hosting a limited number of events in December, so the staff can focus on their upcoming “Family Values” month.

“Family Values” month will kick off in January, with Family Game nights, including free board games and puzzles supplied by the library, pizza from Papa John’s and snacks provided by Elkins Auto.

Family game night will be hosted on Jan. 12 and 26, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Murphy encourages everyone to come out to the library to enjoy the new Family Game Night events.

“The library is a place for people of all ages to learn through fun activities and find new things of their interest,” she said.