The scent of Crayola crayons wafted in the air Tuesday in the children's department of the Batavia Public Library. Tristan Carroccia, 10, of Batavia, used rapid, broad strokes to color in a large drawing of Hobbes the tiger (sans Calvin), stopping every now and then, waving his hand in the air to give it a rest. Hobbes was one of several characters including Scooby Doo, Garfield and Superman, which kids could trace on a large piece of paper via an overhead projector at the library's free Comic Book Fun program. Tristan chose Hobbes because, "I think he's pretty funny." He's also a fan of Garfield, saying he likes the fat cat because, "He's real sarcastic."
Other activities included a comic book character hunt in an outdoor reading garden, with the reward of a free comic book. More coloring activities of cartoon characters were also offered, including a superhero paper cutout to be assembled with tape, and blank comic strip boxes ready for originals stories and characters to fill in the squares.
Lucas Przybylski, 4, and his brother, Jimmy, 9, of Batavia attend the children's programs at the library every week. Lucas, a fan of Batman and Superman, wore a comic book strip T-shirt to the activity. Jimmy, who draws his own comic book characters, is a fan of the Big Nate kids comic strip series. When asked what super powers he'd like to have, Jimmy responded, "I've thought about that a lot. I'd probably pick flying, teleporting, turning invisible and super strength." Though he's still in the planning stages of what his costume would look like, he is set on it being blue. For upcoming children's activities at the library, check out the events calendar at bataviapubliclibrary.org.