The Tyler Public Library is introducing a contest based on the popular "Elf on the Shelf" book and toy. Each day, beginning Wednesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 19, children younger than 12 and their families are invited to the Library to find the Elf on a book shelf.

Youth Services librarian Linda Gray says "The Elf will be hiding somewhere different each day in the Children's book collection, reading a great book.

To participate, families pick up an entry form at the Information Desk and look for the elf.

Children should leave the elf on the shelf to finish his book, Gray added.

Families can enter once every day by returning a completed form to the Information Desk. Entry forms ask for name, Library card number and contact information. Library cards are free of charge for citizens of Tyler and available at the check-out desk. On Friday, December 20, one entry will be randomly selected to win an Elf prize package, including an Elf and "Elf on the Shelf" book.

For more information about this event, visit the Library at 201 South College Ave, Downtown Tyler, call (903) 593-7323, or visit

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