As summer comes to an end, so does the East Central Regional Library Summer reading program, and they wrapped things up in super style.
Captain Comma and her sidekick were joined by Elasta Girl and Captain America who helped read superhero stories to a room full of about 30 children and their parents. The kids, many dressed like their favorite heroes, were recruited as honorary superheroes to assist with the storytelling by acting out various superhero powers, such as laser eyes and fast flying. Captain America even taught the children meditation to help them focus and cope with bad days and excess energy.
Richard and Bonnie Carlson of Rush City and five of their 12 grandchildren were among those in attendance. Each August the couple has all of their grandchildren for a week-long visit filled with fun and educational activities. “We were glad to see this program going on while the kids were here,” Richard shared. “We always look for stuff like this to bring them to while they’re here.”
The enthusiastic performers were part of a group called Occasions With Character, founded by a mother-daughter team from the Twin Cities. The group specializes in costumed family events that provide entertainment, education and inspiration.
Costs for the superhero storytime and other Summer Reading activities were covered by a grant from the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. According to Erica Myhre, Programming Librarian for ECRL, nearly 275 people participated in the Summer Reading program this year across all library branches, with about 5,000 books read.