Over the last several years, the Library has created a series of READ™ posters patterned after the immensely successful American Library Association READ™ posters, which feature celebrities reading their favorite book. These posters are designed to encourage children to read, while celebrating Arcadians.
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ROSE QUEEN® FEATURED IN THE LATEST READ™ POSTERS
The Arcadia Public Library is once again proud to feature a Rose Queen® on the newest READ™ poster. This year the 2009 Rose Queen, Courtney Chou Lee, is shown on the right reading to her nephew and niece, Ryan and Sabrina Marks. Dusty Gibbs is shown below in her poster unveiled in May, 2008.
“Reading is the best way to escape into a world of fun and fantasy. As a child I enjoyed many stories that let me dream, and I am eager to encourage youngsters to use their imaginations in the same way,” said the 18-year old Rose Queen.
The Library thanks the Tournament and the 2008 and 2009 Queens, Dusty and Courtney, for their assistance and participation in creating these beautiful READ™ posters.
READ™ POSTER FEATURING JOCKEY AARON GRYDER AND CAPT. SPARROW
The Arcadia Public Library’s newest READ™ poster, featuring jockey Aaron Gryder and the four year old colt Capt. Sparrow was unveiled in the Winner’s Circle at Santa Anita Park on Friday, December 28.
“The staff at Santa Anita Park is thrilled that we could assist the Arcadia Public Library in putting the new READ™ poster together,” said Pete Siberell, Director of Community Service & Special Projects at the racetrack.
“People forget that Arcadia has its own set of professional athletes right under its nose in the Santa Anita jockey colony,” Siberell went on to say. “Pound for pound, jockeys are the strongest and fittest men and women in sports. The Library’s new ‘poster boy,’ Aaron Gryder, is as talented as they come, and one of the sharpest guys in the jockeys’ room. I can only assume that a lot of that comes from reading. In fact, I have heard Aaron is such a voracious reader that the race official has to grab the book Aaron is reading in the starting gate so that he can get the race started!”
Co-starring with Aaron on the poster is Capt. Sparrow, a talented colt hot on the racing circuit in Southern California. The thoroughbred is trained by Matthew Chew, whose wife Candace is Director of Print & Graphics at Santa Anita Park. Ms. Chew was instrumental in helping with the printing of the poster for distribution to the Arcadia Public Library and each Arcadia Unified elementary school.
Shea Hillenbrand grew up in Arcadia. He attended Camino Grove Elementary School and Dana Junior High through the 9th grade. He got his start in baseball in the Arcadia Little League.
On September 29, 2007 he posed for this READ™ poster for the Library. On October 13, he became a free agent.
READ™ POSTERS FEATURE
JOHN REUTER AS LUCKY BALDWIN
John Reuter, past president of the Friends of the Library Board, spent many hours during Arcadia’s Centennial in 2003 bringing Arcadia’s founder and first mayor, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, to life. Here in the Library’s READ™ poster, unveiled in the Spring of 2007, he reminds every Arcadian that reading is vital!
Library's READ™ Poster Features the Library Board of Trustees
In September 2003, during National Library Card Sign-up Month, three posters were unveiled to encourage everyone to get a Library card. The members of the Arcadia Public Library Board of Trustees are featured on these colorful READ™ posters.
Board members Marsha Burkhalter, John Fung, Betty Rochefort, Jerry Selmer, and Peter Ulrich will tell you that it's the "Smartest Card" you can have in your wallet!
Arcadia Firefighters Promote Reading
This Arcadia Public Library READ™ poster was unveiled in February 2005 in the Jerry Boadwell Children's Room. This poster features Arcadia Fire Chief David Lugo and a group of Arcadia firefighters in front of a fire engine, each holding their favorite children's book about firefighting.
Arcadia firefighters have long had a special relationship with the Children's Room at the Arcadia Public Library. In 1976, the Children's Room was named in honor of Captain Jerry Broadwell, the first Arcadia firefighter to die in the line of duty. The Arcadia Firefighters Association built a wonderful puppet theater for the Library in 1997 and firefighters annually participate in Read Across America Day in March.
Janet Sporleder, Director of Library and Museum Services said, "This special READ™ poster gives us a chance to promote reading and to celebrate the special relationship that Arcadia firefighters and the Library have long had and for which we are very grateful."
Arcadia Police featured in LIBRARY'S READ™ POSTER
This Arcadia Public Library READ™ poster was unveiled on November 17, 2005 in the Library's Cay Mortenson Auditorium as part of the Library's Children's Book Week celebration.
This poster features a group of Arcadia police, including a member of the mounted patrol, each holding their favorite book. "What better way to promote reading than by showing children that their local role models and heroes are readers!" stated Janet Sporleder, Director of Library and Museum Services.
LIBRARY'S READ™ POSTER FEATURES FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
Photograph by: Terry Miller
Poster Design by: Mike McClary, The Workshop
On May 18, 2006 an Arcadia Public Library READ™ poster was unveiled in the Library's Cay Mortenson Auditorium as part of the Friends of the Library 50th Anniversary Gala Luncheon.
This poster features the Board of the Friends of the Arcadia Public Library, 2005-2006. Shown are (left to right): Front row: Marlene Hollingsworth, Rosemary Reuter, Donna Koutsakos, Carol Libby, Jane Bailey, and Jeanne Salido. Middle row: Barbara Delphey, Marie Burns, Marilyn Mallow, and June Colman. Back Row: Doris Selmer, John Reuter, Michelle Lesperance, and Meridith Powers.
LIBRARY'S READ™ POSTER FEATURES MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA
On September 14, 2006 another Arcadia Public Library READ™ poster was unveiled in the Library’s Cay Mortenson Auditorium. This READ™ poster features the Public Works Services Department – those wonderful people who see that our streets are swept, our water is clean and running, trees trimmed and more! "We are delighted to recognize the many and sometimes unnoticed contributions that Public Works Services staff make to our community,” stated Janet Sporleder, Director of Library and Museum Services.
Public Works Services Employees featured are: Front row (left to right): Kip McClain, Tiffany Lee. Back row (left to right): Marcos Garcia, Susannah Turney, Lubo Tomaier, Anthony Pulido and Bill Boardman.
Public Works Services staff was on hand to read to the children and to give everyone an "up-close" view of their nifty heavy equipment such as front-end loader and a backhoe in the Library parking lot.
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