[kids-lib] Real heroes!

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Jun 12 13:26:33 PDT 2015

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From: Casle Portner
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:24 AM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Real heroes!

I was agonizing about this year's theme, because I felt it promoted screen-time and commercialism, and wishing that Heydi were still here, because I wanted her to take the lead with this theme, she would have rocked it.  But I didn't have Heydi, and I needed to make the program work within my convictions.  We had already chosen a few local heroes, then I had an idea:  Why not ask the local schools to each choose a hero from among their staffs?

The schools loved the idea, they got bookmarks and posters with their school heroes, the kids are totally stoked that one of their buttons (we give away buttons instead of toys) will have someone from their school on it.  We have 2 custodians, a music teacher, a PE teacher and a Vice-Principal.

So what I thought might be the most lame program ever is turning into one of our most popular programs ever.  My hope is that more kids will participate because of this connection to their school.  We plan a huge Super-Hero Training Day at the end of August and have invited all of the local and school heroes to join us!

I'm trying to think of how to make this connection with the schools happen again next year if it works out as well as I hope it does.  Here's a link to our Stayton Library Foundation's Facebook page, you can see the posters there!

Casle Portner
Stayton Public Library
Children's Services
casle at ccrls.org<mailto:casle at ccrls.org>

"I like the pages to turn.  I like the bookness of the book."  Brian Selznick

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