On Friday, June 29, dozens of children ages 5-14 and their parents descended upon the St. Helens Public Library to learn how to become a superhero.

At the event, kids had the opportunity to develop their secret identity, identify their super powers and take down supervillains.

To hone their skills, the would-be superheroes visited five separate stations inside the library. On the south side porch, they shuffled through Legos and other building supplies to create their superhero base. In the ‘Super Senses Lab,’ they honed their ‘Spidey sense’ by identifying mysterious objects hidden inside plastic eggs by sound. On the east front porch, a superhero gym was set up to get them moving and test their super powers. In the hallway, at the ‘Force Bolt Firing Range,’ they tested their marksmanship by tossing fuzzy balls into cardboard buildings. Finally, at the ‘Superhero Persona Design’ in the auditorium, they created their heroic alter-ego from the ground up with various art supplies supplied by the library. 

Once they had finished their training, the new superheroes checked in for their first mission. Upon completion of the mission, each child was awarded a superhero diploma.

The free event was part of the library’s Summer Library Challenge.

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