Local heroes are coming together with the Kokomo Howard County Public
Library to promote literacy and community trust.
Through Sept. 13 and 14, KHCPL will host “Stories with Heroes,” a
special storytime event for preschool-aged children. The event provides
an opportunity for children to hear stories read by firefighters and
police officers and to interact with the local heroes.
“We do storytimes on a regular basis, and we wanted to do one to
recognize our local heroes,“ said Lisa Fipps, director of marketing for
Though KHCPL provides a variety of themed storytime events, this is the
first year of combining efforts with firefighters and officers.
The two-day storytime event will consist of book readings by members of
local law enforcement and the fire department. Children will be able to
intermingle with firefighters and officers and see their vehicles up
close. Ellie the K9 also will be available to greet young tots at the
Fipps said the overall goal of the occasion is to promote literacy in
an interesting manner as a way of preparing children for kindergarten.
Additionally, another purpose of the event is to familiarize youngsters
with local first responders and build a foundation of trust while
showing respect and honor to the men and women who protect the city.
Fipps hopes children will enjoy the educational experience and develop
a greater understanding of the heroes’ duty to protect the community.
“Sometimes when a child has to see a firefighter or police officer,
it’s because something bad has happened,” said Fipps. “If they meet
them on a friendly basis long before they ever need them then they’re a
lot more apt to feel comfortable and feel consoled and comforted during
an emergency situation. So it’s a win for the kids on a lot of
Fire Chief Nick Glover said the event is a way to positively influence
children’s’ outlook on officers, firefighters, and the like.
“I know that kids look up to policeman and firefighters as role models,
and it’s good to reinforce that,” said Chief Glover. “It helps build
that relationship, so when down the road these kids start to become
teenagers and young adults, there’s already that relationship built
Folks are encouraged to bring their children to “Stories with Heroes”
and take part in the occasion. The storytime will take place Sept. 13
at 10 am at KHCPL South branch, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at KHCPL Main
branch, and Sept. 14 at 11 am at KHCPL in Russiaville.