If you ask River Rush what her very favorite books are, she says promptly, “Berenstain Bears!”
“It’s true, “ said her grandmother, Laurie Hummel of Elk Point, S.D. “She has about eight ‘Bears’ books at home. We read to her all the time, and if she wants to see a movie, we put in a book video for her.”
River, who is 4 years old, was at the Akron Public Library last week, enjoying a preview of the many new Berenstain Bears books that the library has acquired. This acquisition was thanks to the generosity of patrons who adopted bears, in return for a donation.
River was joined by Bella Waterbury, age 5, who was also visiting the library with her mom, Macrina Searls of rural Akron. Bella also loves reading but prefers the library’s American Girl books. She even got her own American Girl doll for Christmas.
“Our patrons adopted so many bears that we were able to purchase 40 Berenstain Bears books!” said Children’s Librarian Mary Campbell. “We will be able to replace all of our worn, torn, very old ‘Bears’ books, and add these to the few that were still in good shape.”
The books include classics like a 50th Anniversary edition of “The Big Honey Hunt” as well as “Bears in the Night” and many newer titles including “The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy,” “The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig,” and “The Berenstain Bears and Mama for Mayor!”
“In addition, we were even able to purchase more than 20 other favorite titles including “Fancy Nancy,” “Spiderman,” “Thomas the Train,” and “Pinkalicious” books, to name just a few,” said Campbell. “We are more grateful than we can say to our patrons for their help with this important project!”
According to Campbell, the library’s worn Berenstain Bears’ books will be on sale at the library with proceeds going toward additional library materials.