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Suffolk Libraries Day sees scarecrow trail pop up featuring favourite children's book characters




Book-lovers across the county have been showing support for their local libraries by taking part in a special literary-themed scarecrow trail.

As part of Suffolk Libraries Day yesterday, residents were asked to make a scarecrow version of their favourite book or television characters.

Those who took part were encouraged to make a donation to help the charity bounce back from a difficult year caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Wally was a little less hard to find this weekend thanks to Newmarket Library. Picture: Newmarket Library Facebook
Wally was a little less hard to find this weekend thanks to Newmarket Library. Picture: Newmarket Library Facebook

Staff at Newmarket Library got very creative, having built three much-loved characters to be displayed in its front window.

Anyone passing the library in The Guineas shopping centre is asked to keep an eye out for Wally, from the Where's Wally? books, Max, from Where the Wild Things Are, and Hairy Maclary, from Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

The characters were created using old clothes, newspaper, and paper plates for faces.

Anyone passing Newmarket Library can give a wave to Wally, Max and Hairy Maclary. Picture: Newmarket Library
Anyone passing Newmarket Library can give a wave to Wally, Max and Hairy Maclary. Picture: Newmarket Library
Ipswich County Library has installed a Tracy Beaker scarecrow. Picture: Ipswich County Library Facebook
Ipswich County Library has installed a Tracy Beaker scarecrow. Picture: Ipswich County Library Facebook

A friendly face was installed at Ipswich County Library this weekend, in the form of Jacqueline Wilson's mischievous but much-loved schoolgirl, Tracey Beaker.

She can be seen sitting comfortably in the window of the Northgate Street building reading a newspaper.

Stowmarket Library have also been getting in on the fun, with several creations having popped up in the town as part of the trail.

Among the favourite book characters to be featured was The Cat in the Hat from the Dr Seuss book of the same name.

Woody from Toy Story was also among the characters featured. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook
Woody from Toy Story was also among the characters featured. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook
It's the Cat in the Hat, there's no doubt about that. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook
It's the Cat in the Hat, there's no doubt about that. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook

Mr Fox from Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox and Long John Silver from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island were brought to life in scarecrow form, as well as Woody from Toy Story.

Famous children's characters paid a visit to Clare this week, with Hagrid from Harry Potter having been installed at the village's library.

Passersby in the village may also have noticed Meg the witch, from the Meg and Mog books, hiding in some bushes or P.L Travers' Mary Poppins flying overhead.

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox paid a visit to Stowmarket this weekend. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook
Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox paid a visit to Stowmarket this weekend. Picture: Stowmarket Library Facebook
Hagrid from Harry Potter paid a visit to Clare Library to celebrate Suffolk Libraries Day. Picture: Clare Library Facebook
Hagrid from Harry Potter paid a visit to Clare Library to celebrate Suffolk Libraries Day. Picture: Clare Library Facebook

Lakenheath Library have also opted to create a character from Harry Potter, and this time it is the famous young wizard himself who is displayed in the library's window.

Staff have even gone the extra mile and made sure he came fully prepared with wand, broomstick and his pet owl Hedwig.

Those responsible for choosing characters at Capel St Mary Library took the scarecrow competition very literally, having created terrifying characters from the Spooks book series by Joseph Delaney.

A lot of effort was put into this flying Mary Poppins scarecrow. Picture: Clare Library Facebook
A lot of effort was put into this flying Mary Poppins scarecrow. Picture: Clare Library Facebook
Meg the Witch, from the Meg and Mog books, was created by the Hastings family in Clare. Picture: Clare Library Facebook
Meg the Witch, from the Meg and Mog books, was created by the Hastings family in Clare. Picture: Clare Library Facebook
Everyone's favourite boy wizard at Lakenheath Library with staff member Iain Frost. Picture: Lakenheath Library Facebook
Everyone's favourite boy wizard at Lakenheath Library with staff member Iain Frost. Picture: Lakenheath Library Facebook
These characters from Spooks would certainly scare away some crows. Picture: Capel St Mary Library
These characters from Spooks would certainly scare away some crows. Picture: Capel St Mary Library

Did you create a scarecrow for Suffolk Libraries Day? Send your pictures to suffolk@iliffepublishing.co.uk with details of where and what they are to be featured on our website.

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