Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 16, 2012

Library busy on Family Read Night

EFFINGHAM —     Feet pattered and capes rustled in the evening breeze as families swarmed to the new library building for Helen Matthes Library’s Family Read Night.

    Children flocked from events that boasted superhero training like the Agility Test, where kids had to run through a superhero themed obstacle course. However, every activity had some sort of educational value to it, such as the Holiday Mail to Heroes, which taught grammar, or Super Foods, to explain the importance of eating healthy.

    The events that drew the most kids were the 15-minute martial arts training sessions provided by Leaders For Life Martial Arts and the Softail Slim motorcycle. The motorcycle, which sat in the middle of the room and was provided by Legacy Harley-Davidson, was a copy of the bike that Chris Evans road during the Paramount Pictures film, “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

    “You ever ride a motorcycle through a library? I have,” said Tyson Reed, the communications manager at Legacy Harley-Davidson.

    Many families dressed with their children to keep with the theme, such as the Cornell family. The Cornells all dressed in Batman attire.

    “I like when they do themes cause I think it’s fun,” said Jean Cornell.

    Even the Helen Matthes Library staff brandished their finest superhero outfits.

    “It’s always an awesome time to get to see everyone and do a lot of fun activities,” said Amanda McKay, Helen Matthes Library’s director. McKay gave tours of the new building dressed in her Family Read Night T-shirt and crimson red cape.

    “I think they need more stuff like this for the kids,” said Megan Jackson.

    As excited as the children were to get to participate in the superhero based events, their parents were just as excited to get to see what the new library looked like.

    “I think the new building is gonna be great,” said Joe Sudkamp.

    “We have a lot of support from outside vendors,” said Vicky Funneman.

    She said a steady flow of families went through the event all night. She said the night was going fabulously.

    “I really wanna acknowledge the (library) staff,” said Libby Moeller. “They do an awesome job with this and the summer reading program. They do an awesome job for the community.”

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