Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 7, Sept. 2006
This summer, creatures from both Earth and a galaxy far, far away invaded Missouri public libraries to support Missouri’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales” for children and “Creature Feature” for teens.
Sponsored by Missouri State Library and MOREnet, Rolling Hills Consolidated Library (St. Joseph, Mo.) and Carrollton Public Library hosted visits with illustrator Russell Walks. Attendees via videoconference from West Plains Public Library, St. Louis Public Library, Little Dixie Regional Library and Dunklin County Library brought total attendance to 112. Walks has created art based on licensed properties for a variety of clients including Lucasfilm, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Marvel, while his award-winning children’s themed work has appeared in a variety of books and magazines. He reviewed his start as a professional artist, offered advice for budding artists and discussed his technique and influences.
“It was a great videoconference,” said Jonell Minton, Dunklin County Library Director. “The kids had a wonderful time!”
For animal book lovers, the St. Louis Public Library hosted two programs: “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales,” in which the St. Louis Zoo brought in animals and discussed their characteristics, and “Wild About Reading,” in which a zoo representative brought in a live animal that appeared in a book children read. More than 300 participants attended the “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales” program at the St. Louis Public Library and via videoconference from West Plains Public Library and Northeast Missouri Library Service (Kahoka, Mo.). More than 130 attended the “Wild About Reading” program in St. Louis, Mississippi County Library and West Plains Public Library.
“The adults who attended were very impressed, and the kids thought it was cool that they could talk to people and see people in St. Louis,” said Stephanie Bledsoe, Director, Mississippi County Library.
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