“Blaze Goes to College” reading events to take place Aug. 1-2 at Willard Library

KCC mascot Blaze holds copies of the College's new children's book "Blaze Goes to College."

Editor’s note: The following is a news release courtesy of Willard Library.

Kellogg Community College’s mascot, Blaze, will be the special guest at two Back-to-school Celebrations: “Blaze Goes to College” hosted by Willard Library in Battle Creek.

Last spring, KCC published a book, “Blaze Goes to College,” about the mascot and his classmates taking a field trip to the college’s North Avenue campus, where they learn about college and careers in the arts, health care, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

“We’re looking forward to having Blaze here to share his story as youngsters prepare for school,” said Kristine Pioch, public relations librarian.

The program is geared to students in second through fifth grade and their families. After hearing the story, students will make a craft and participate in a school-themed scavenger hunt.

The program will be presented twice — at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Willard, 7 W. Van Buren St., and repeat at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Helen Warner Branch, 36 Minges Creek Place.

The book was written by Simon Thalmann and illustrated by Sara Parks.

KCC’s goal for the book is to broaden young students’ definition of education and to show them the types of learning experiences they could have if they continue their education in college, a KCC spokesman said.

The book highlights the many hands-on activities college students are exposed to beyond academics, particularly at KCC.

Willard Library programs are free and open to the public.