Guelph Public Library: Home of the Paperbag Princess

PaperbagPrincessDid you know The Paperbag Princess was first published on May 1st, 1980 by Annick Press? Celebrate your favourite princess at the Guelph Public Library every May 1st! This annual event, held at all library locations and at numerous downtown businesses, promotes the love of reading in our ‘royal’ city and of course, cherished Guelph children’s author Robert Munsch.

During this year’s festivities, the Guelph Public Library will also be unveiling a limited edition Paperbag Princess eco-shopping bag to the public. Made of 70% paper and 30% polyester, this durable reusable bag will transport your books, movies, lunches, gym shoes and so much more! Squish it, squash it, crinkle it. The more you use it, the more it looks like a paper bag. Former Guelph Public Library staff member and local artist, Sami Kelsh, created this engaging Paperbag Princess graphic. With her bare feet, book in her arm and love for the library and her community, the paperbag princess is set to travel with you anywhere you go! Purchase these new bags starting on May 1st for just $10 apiece or two for $15 at all library locations and at various downtown merchants, including Budds and Guelph Tourism in city hall.

Mark your calendars! May 1st is the BIG day! Bring your camera to have your picture taken with the life-sized Paperbag Princess sculpture created by local artist Ben McCarl at the Main Library and maybe even spot the GPL’s Paperbag Princess in person at one of the branches or downtown at participating businesses. Dress up as your favourite princess or storybook character and drop by any library location for stories, crafts, and so much more!