Election Day is November 6, but area children can begin advance voting in early October as part of the 2012 Vote for Books campaign.
Once again the Kansas City metro area libraries are giving young readers the opportunity to exercise their voting rights by choosing their favorite book characters when they visit their local library. Participants will have the opportunity to win a free book.
Area libraries are collaborating to promote books and reading and the importance of voting during this fall's presidential election. Youth services librarians hope that the 2012 Vote for Books will get our youngest citizens excited about the election process while encouraging them to have fun with books.
"Presidential candidates" on the ballot this year include Pete the Cat from the series by Eric Litwin; Origami Yoda, the subject of three books by Tom Angleberger: Fly Guy from Tedd Arnold's easy reader series, and Bad Kitty from the books by Nick Bruel.
"Vice presidential candidates" include Big Nate from the series by Lincoln Peirce; Scaredy Squirrel from the series by Mélanie Watt; Ladybug Girl from the series by David Soman; and Babymouse from the graphic novel series by Jennifer L. Holm.
Libraries participating in the 2012 Vote for Books campaign include the Kansas City Public Library; Mid-Continent (Mo) Public Library; Johnson County (Ks) Library; Kansas City; Kansas Public Library; Olathe (Ks) Public Library; and Leavenworth (Ks) Public Library.
Results from each library system will be compiled and winners will be announced following election day.