A highlight of this year's Summer Reading Program was our Family Safety Fair, held on June 8 from 6:00-7:30 PM on the library grounds. Major funding for this program was provided by a grant received from the Bellevue Police Community Foundation.
We estimate at least 175 people of all ages attended the event.
Capitalizing on our Summer Reading Program theme, “Every Hero Has a Story”, we planned this event to feature some of the heroes within our community who work to ensure our safety and well-being. We focused on safety issues that directly affect children and young families, offering activities and displays that would be educational and memorable. The event was open to the general public although our main focus was on children and young families.
Our special guest presenters included:
Sgt. Larry Lampman and Officer Matt Hoffman, Bellevue Police Department
Brian Koontz, Bellevue Fire Department
Roger Cox, National Night Out
Kyle Gravlin, KETV Meteorologist
Jane Husz, Safe Kids Coordinator, Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
Jim DiMauro, Emergency Response Program Specialist, Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness
Also helping to make this event a success were:
* teen volunteers from Junior Friends of the Bellevue Public Library
* members of the Bellevue/Offutt Kiwanis Club
* residents and staff of Sheltering Tree
* Bellevue Library staff
* members of the Bellevue community.
McDonald's (Galvin Road) provided orange drink as well as drinking cups and the use of a large drink dispenser. Runza (Galvin Road) provided the "dessert" for our hot dog meal, donating freshly-baked chocolate chips cookies for our guests. We thank these businesses and their managers for their generous support of this program!
During the 90-minute program, guests visited the check-in table to get their Safety Passport, received a few instructions, and reserved their spot for the free hot dog supper. Guests were then invited to move about the library lawn, stop at the safety stations, visit with each presenter, pick up freebies and safety literature, and play games designed to help reinforce specific safety tips and rules.
The safety topics covered at the event included:
Bike Safety/Concussion Prevention
In addition, attendees were invited to be measured for a free bike helmet (76 helmets were given away!) and were given the opportunity to learn more about hosting a National Night Out party for their neighbors. As an incentive to sign up as a first-time host of a National Night Out neighborhood party, a Hosting Kit (folding quad chairs, tablecloths, plates, napkins, cups, games, etc.) was awarded to a lucky winner.
Finally, we offered an inflatable obstacle course which was a popular activity throughout the event!!
My grateful thanks to everyone who helped in ways large and small to make this event such a success!
A few of our terrific Junior Friends (teen volunteers) felt it was important to
test out the obstacle course, "for safety purposes", before our guests arrived!