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MASSENA - The Grinch might be a mean one, but he’s nice enough to participate in a new fundraiser for the Massena Public Library.

They’re holding “Breakfast With the Grinch” Dec. 21 at the Massena Elks Club, Bowers Street.

“We have the Grinch. He’s all set and ready to go,” library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer said.

The cost is $5 for children up to age 12, $7 for adults and a family rate that’s capped at $20.

Ms. Dunne-Thayer said the event serves two purposes - to raise money for the library and to ring in the holiday season for the community.

“We were looking for a different spin. Obviously it’s a fundraiser for the library, and we thought it would be nice to involve children. The library is so children- and family-oriented in many ways. We wanted a program to include the whole family. This is just kind of our own library spin on it,” she said.

The event will feature activities, photos with the Grinch and general holiday merriment, according to Ms. Dunne-Thayer, who said there are also plans to have a silent auction and raffles of Dr. Seuss items.

“We’ll highlight not only the Grinch, but Dr. Seuss and his books. They can come in and buy breakfast. There will be children’s activities and crafts. We’re hoping to have some silent auction items, and we’re putting together Seuss-related gift baskets,” she said.

For the truly adventurous, they’re also trying to line up some green eggs and ham in keeping with the Dr. Seuss theme.

“I think it’s important that the brave can try some green eggs and ham,” she said.

The event will be run by library staff and volunteers, Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

“This is a brand new fundraiser for us. We’re hoping it will help us out. Any profits will go directly back to support the library collections and programs,” she said.

As a prelude to Breakfast With the Grinch, Children’s Library Assistant Samantha Page is holding “A Pinch of Grinch” at 10 a.m. Dec. 7, featuring a story, crafts, games and Grinch masks.

“She’s asking kids to come dressed as their favorite Who boy and girl,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said, referring to the residents of Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

The holiday fundraiser is one of the initiatives being taken by library officials to generate some revenue during tight budget times. Another that kicked off recently is their Adopt a Book program.

“We’re expanding our Adopt a Magazine program to the Adopt a Book program. It’s run a similar way,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

Patrons can select a book or DVD of their choice, pay the discounted purchase price at the library and read or view it before the item is processed and released for circulation. A bookplate noting the individual or family’s donation will be affixed to the item.

“You would pay the library rate, which is much reduced to what you would pay in a book store and you would have the book as soon as it comes in,” she said.

Once it’s read and returned, the book would go into circulation for others.

“The idea is that you’re at the front of the line,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

She hopes people will support the new initiative as much as they have a similar program for newspapers and magazines.

“People adopted plenty of newspapers and magazines. I’m looking for new organizations and companies and patrons to come forward and help us through these hard times,” she said.

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