Commonwealth Journal

June 11, 2013

Over 800 people have a fabulous time with their favorite costumed heroes

By HEATHER TOMLINSON, CJ Staff Writer
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

It seems that the world’s resident superheroes have quite the following in Pulaski County.
As part of the Pulaski County Public Library Summer Reading Program, kids of all ages — including adoring adult fans — were able to meet Spider-Man, Thor, and Batman. 
“They were fabulous,” said Carol Sexton, director of the Children’s Library. 
Although Spider-Man and Thor occupy a different comics universe than Batman (Spider-Man and Thor are Marvel creations, while Batman hails from the DC world) all three were able to share the spotlight on Tuesday as more than 800 kids and adults crowded into one of the library’s community rooms. 
“I never dreamed that 841 people would come through the doors,” said Sexton.
The superheroes were played by some real-life heroes as well. Sexton said those with “Kentucky Characters,” the company she worked through to bring the Caped Crusader and friends, are either active duty or former military personnel. 
And they gave every child their full attention, no matter how long it took.
“They (parents) thanked us for doing this, and everyone was so patient,” said Sexton. “We tried to do it as orderly as possible.
“And we told them no matter how long it took, the last child would be seen,” said Sexton.
This summer’s reading program is titled “Dig into Reading,” and activities will continue through July. Sexton said more than 1,400 kids and teens have already enrolled for the popular summertime program — and that doesn’t include participants at the library’s branches in Burnside, Shopville, Science Hill, and Nancy. 
“We couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s going,” said Sexton.
Sexton said the program wouldn’t be possible without contributions through local businesses and organizations, and through grant programs. And she said the programs volunteers have been indispensable. 
“We could not do it without them,” said Sexton. 
For more information on the summer reading program, stop by the Pulaski County Public Library on Main Street in Somerset or go to pulaskipubliclibrary.org.