WEST PITTSTON - Youngsters gathered at the West Pittston Library Tuesday night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Captain Underpants book series.
Summer Belles, Youth Services Coordinator at the library, said the series is always a favorite of young readers, providing opportunity to combine both reading and humor.
Belles said many young library patrons are also looking forward to the soon-to-be-released Captain Underpants movie.
As young attendees entered the event, they were assigned a new name and provided with red capes.
Liam O’Malley, 9, Forty Fort, was deemed “Booger Byrgor Brains,” and he couldn’t have been happier.
Mark Tolerico, 9, Pittston, answered to “Pink Gerbil Hiney” for the durations of the event.
O’Malley enjoyes reading the books and looks forward to a Captain Underpants movie.
Mia Belles said, although she isn’t a fan of the Captain Underpants series, she enjoys the Dog Man books, a spin off of the Captain Underpants series, which presents a crime fighting “dog man” in a comic book form.
Mia, like many of the other attendees, is a regular patron of the library, enjoying both the books and activities offered there. The fact that her mother works there makes the library an even more special place for Mia.
“I was really into the internet, but my mother wanted me to read more, so I earned time online by reading,” she said. “And now I love to read just to read.”
Attendees participated in various activities, including toilet paper races and a toilet paper toss. They were also able to design their own underpants with crayons and make a paper Captain Underpants figure, complete with cape.
When Mikhail Hazlak, 8, Kingston, was asked if he read the Captain Underpants books, he said, “every one.”
His mother, Katrina, said Mikhail, “lovs books and coming to the library.”
The activity concluded with viewing the trailer of the upcoming movie, with the superhero springing to life on the screen to the delight of attendees and their parents.