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At Queens Library at Whitestone, Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena lived up to the promise she made to her young readers and read to a real live alligator on Sept. 12.
Scatena told the kids she’d share a literary moment with the big reptile if at least 300 children registered for the library’s summer reading, and if they collectively read at least 4,000 books.
They exceeded their goal; 344 children registered and finished 4,595 books. So Scatena read Mercer Mayer’s “There’s an Alligator Under My Bed” to Wally and his reptile trainer Erik Callendar, while hundreds of neighborhood children looked on.
No word on how Wally regarded the literary portrayal of his species, but he did seem to be smiling….
For Throwback Thursday, a glimpse back at Queens Library’s very first Book Bus. “The Pioneer” was launched in 1930, christened by the mayor and painted deep burgundy and gold. Here it is in July 1934, serving the children of Laurelton, Queens, on 225th Street. (Photo credit: Queens Library, Archives, QBPL Photographs)
I tell the kids, ‘Your library card is better than a driver’s license because it lets you time travel, space travel, meet dinosaurs, talk to aliens, hang out with historical figures, be anyone and do anything!