Somers Public Library celebrates ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’
By Samantha Figueroa - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
The Somers Public Library celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19 with a special treasure hunt for children.
Talk Like a Pirate Day was started by John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995 and was popularized in 2002 by “Miami Herald” columnist Dave Barry. The Somers Public Library celebrated with an all-day event which included several colorful displays of pirate books for kids to read about their favorite swashbucklers, a pirate scavenger hunt and a guessing game of “How Many Gems Are In The Jar?”
“Every year I’ll get home from work and I’ll watch the news and they’ll say, ‘Oh and today was Talk Like a Pirate Day,’ and I would go, ‘Aw, shucks, I didn’t even know,’” said children’s librarian Marie Stromwall. “So this year I thought, ‘Oh, I want to at least acknowledge it a little bit, because kids love pirates.’”
Hearty “Aaaarrr!”s and giggles of excitement filled the air as children searched eagerly amongst the bookshelves of the children’s section of the library for pictures on pieces of paper of pirate trademarks such as the Jolly Rodger, a peg leg, an eye patch and a treasure map.
“On each picture is also a little ‘Did You Know’ fact about the Jolly Rodger flag or why pirates wear eye patches,” Stromwall explained. Stromwall also said that the pictures were put all around the room to get children moving through the library and visiting sections of the library that they may not have visited before.
Once the children had found each of the items on the scavenger hunt list, they returned to “Miss Marie” to receive an eye patch, a piece of pirate’s booty and even a pirate tattoo. When it came to guessing the number of gems in the jar, Ryan Hoague proved he had an eye for treasure, guessing 561 out of the 583 gems.