Where’d this little guy come from and why’s he talking about the summer reading programs? Keep checking out the blog to find out!

Howard the Bird
Howard is originally from Manhattan.  He loves big cities with the constant hustle and bustle.  Howard lived in a big nest above the main New York Public Library branch with his friends Susan and Greg.
Susan and Greg always boasted to Howard about their world travels.  They had been to many different places in many different countries, and never hesitated to tell Howard all about where they have been.  Howard usually just pretended that he didn’t mind that he never traveled with them.  Secretly, he wished that Susan and Greg would ask him on their trips, but they were a couple and Howard never wanted to feel like a third wheel.  So, he pretended to be content listening to their travelogues about Prague, Madrid, Paris and Athens.
The one place that interested Howard the most was Athens in the country of Greece and hearing his friends talk about the Parthenon and the Acropolis.  Howard just knew that he had to leave Manhattan to visit Greece.  So one mild, late spring day, Howard set off for Greece.  He flew and flew and was delighted to reach Greece so quickly, especially since Susan and Greg said it had taken them weeks and weeks to fly there.  Howard was quite impressed with himself, with how fast he had reached his destination.
When he arrived in Greece, he tried to find the Parthenon and the Acropolis.  He figured they would be very large and that it would be hard to miss them.  But, he couldn’t find them.  Instead, he found Lake Ontario, the Greece Ridge Mall, Jackson’s Bakery, and the Greece Public Library.  Sensing that he was not in the country of Greece, Howard stopped by the Greece Public Library to find out exactly what was going on.  They told him he was in the Town of Greece in New York State.  The friendly library staff gave Howard a tour of the library, showcasing the wall-length aquarium, the Quiet Study area, the inviting children’s room, and the wonderful Teen Space.  Howard knew from the moment he saw the new bookshelves in the Teen Space, the large Graphic Novel and Comic collection, and the extensive selection of current teen fiction materials that this is where he belonged.
Howard wrote to Susan and Greg back in Manhattan, telling them of his accidental detour to the town of Greece, New York.  He told them that he had decided to stay in Greece, living amongst the Gossip Girl series, and the Fruits Basket graphic novels.  Howard now spends his days reading Teen fiction, recommending good books to library patrons, and dreaming of his next great adventure.  For now, Howard is where he belongs.

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