This morning I had my annual Read Across America program. We had about 80 people come out for it - parents, grandparents, caregivers, and very excited children, mostly under the age of 5. Was the attraction the very popular with the tiny crowd Ms. Laura? No, of course not. The attraction was that we had invited our local fire fighters to come and read. Yay! Everyone loves fire fighters! In an odd bit of randomness, a retired baseball player, Jay Johnstone, read about the event on Monday, called us, and offered to come by and join in. How could we say no? I think he was probably a nice enough guy and maybe some of you are fans, but he seemed a bit douche-y to me.
So...here we have ...one retired baseball player and four fabulous firemen!
Here they are reading and/or waiting to read. Aren't they cute?
As a library, we do tend to tie every event into books and reading. Makes sense, right? And the kids do enjoying having the fire fighters read stories and talk with them. However, they are really all just humoring us and waiting for this.... ...Their big chance to get up close and personal with a real fire truck!
*sigh* Firemen. But yeah, I do work for the city and so do they, so my fantasies are kind of blown when I see them at work functions with their wives or listen to them at workshops trading snarky comments with the police officers. You see my point? There is no room for reality in my fantasy!