"Family Reading Night" is sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. It is a statewide event that encourages families to spend quality time reading together. It is celebrated annually in Illinois on the third Thursday in November.
Our special guest, the Siamese cat who thinks he's a chihuahua--the one and only "SKIPPYJON JONES!"
Getting the mouse ready for his close-up.
Miss Grace was just one of the kids waiting to meet the big cat.
Ahhh, to have adoring fans!
There will be crafts!
Ms Pat greets the audience and gets things started.
All Skippy, all the time!
Needless to say, Family Reading Night, is for ALL ages!
Big kids like the big cat, too.
Ms Mary had a LOT of help on this story, from the audience....
.....and Ms Pat.
Turns out, there were over 7,000 frijoles (beans) in this jar.
He's heading back for another meet-n-greet.
Kids had stories of their own to tell Skippyjon!
Ms Pat and Steve Jahnke of the Southern Illinoisan discuss the night's events.
Three little kittens!
Katie Walls of TV3 stopped by to see and say, Hi....
... and she brought a camera dude with her, naturally.
And THIS is why it's called "FAMILY READING NIGHT."
Our guest star helps to hand out the prizes.
Everybody wanted a picture with the Big Cat!
The line got longer and longer....
His ears and paws are so big, you almost miss the little boy on his lap!
And here's his biggest fan, one of our cataloguers, Ms Brandi!
... and yummies follow a Kid's program, like night follows day!
A tiny girl preparing to become...
.... a big rabbit.
"Wild Thing" preparation.
Family Reading Night - 2006: the Bat Cave awaits.
Ms Pat & Ms Mary start things off.
Stella is NOT ready for her close-up yet!
Ms Mary reads ... what else? Janell Cannon's "Stellaluna."
Our guest spokescreature.
There will always be crafts to make.
Enter Stellaluna, our special guest.
The no-so-little bat has a meet & greet.
Ms Mary directs the visitors to the Bat Cave.
Inside the Bat Cave.
Help with the bat crafts from big brother.
You need special lights to see inside the Bat Cave.
Stella and her handler are ready for another meet & greet.
Tiny people are the least afraid of big bats!
A private audience with Stellaluna.
The Russell kids show off their finished crafts.
Thanking our kid inside the Stella suit--she's such a good sport!
The opening lines from Ms Pat & Ms Mary.
Part of our batch of "Froggy" books.
Ms Mary reads - what else? - "The Wide-mouthed Frog."
Froggy waits for his cue....
....while channeling Richard Nixon!
Froggy greets one cool chick!
The frog-jumping contest is underway.
What's a party without frog juice?
His frog jumped the farthest.