It’s been a super summer at your Norwalk Easter Public Library. Superheroes and everyday heroes came to visit. We honored heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation in war. We entertained some brave kids who tickled a snake and laughed with a ventriloquist. A record 1,481 children and adults took part in our summer reading program Every Hero Has a Story.
Our guest heroes – ventriloquist Kevin Horner, magician David Casas and musician Dino O’Dell – entertained children and demonstrated the importance of reading. After all, reading enables a magician to learn new tricks, a musician to put words to song and a ventriloquist to tell funny stories. A guest from the Blank Park Zoo brought a tortoise, rooster, snake and ferret. She shared about how their special abilities are like super powers.
For our adult audiences, guest presenters talked about planning for retirement, shared the history of comic book superheroes and described experiences of a flight nurse aboard an emergency medical helicopter.
A meaningful experience for library visitors this summer was the exhibit Remembering Our Fallen which honored approximately 90 Iowans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the War on Terror. The exhibit, created by a non-profit and sponsored by Bellevue University, brought visitors to the library for a moment of quiet reflection. Iowa is one of 22 states where Remembering Our Fallen displays have been created since 2010.
Special thanks to leaders of the Iowa Air National Guard, the Iowa Army National Guard and the American Legion Post of Cumming for participating in our tribute ceremony.
Finally, no recap of our summer of heroes would be complete without a thank you to the heroic moms and dads, grandparents, big sisters and big brothers, caregivers and others who took the time to encourage reading this summer. We loved seeing hundreds visitors at the library each week to register their reading successes.
Heroes don’t disappear at summer’s end. Sure, school is about to start but there will be new heroes encouraging reading: teachers, teacher-librarians, administrators, counselors, coaches, youth group leaders, and most important, parents and caregivers.
The team at your Norwalk Easter Public Library is on duty to support heroes – both kids and grown ups – during the coming year with reading suggestions, early out Wednesday programs, book clubs, pajama story times and much more.
So don your capes, switch those magic 3-D glasses for reading glasses (if you need them) and continue to tell your heroic story of encouraging and enjoying reading at the Norwalk Easter Public Library
Norwalk Easter Library
1051 North Ave.
Mon. – Thur.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1-4 p.m.