Librarian Keeps Her Promise...Kisses Frog
Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena of the Whitestone branch challenged her summer readers that if they would collectively read 3,000 books, she would kiss a frog on the library steps and try very hard to turn into a princess. Her 477 summer kids read more than 6,900 books. She is seen here living up to her promise by smooching with Pee Wee the frog. Scatena has been challenging her summer readers with the promise of ever-more colorful stunts for years. It helps get the children excited about reading and adds to the fun. In past years, she has dressed like a chicken and done the Chicken Dance, sat in a tub of jello and worse. Queens Library’s summer reading program had more than 85,000 registrants in 2011, the highest number ever. Refreshments followed including organic snacks donated by Whole Foods, a cake donated by BJ’s Wholesale Club and Gummy Frogs donated by the Haribo Candy Company.