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Eglin library celebrates Women's History Month at 'Story Time'

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Theresa Giorlando, 96th Mission Support group, reads one of four books to a group from the Child Development Center to kick off Women's History Month at the base library March 6. Colonel Giorlando spoke to a group of 43 preschoolers, parents and caregivers about "the things that little girls can grow up to be." (U.S. Air Force photo by Dorothee Bennett)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Theresa Giorlando, 96th Mission Support group, reads one of four books to a group from the Child Development Center to kick off Women's History Month at the base library March 6. Colonel Giorlando spoke to a group of 43 preschoolers, parents and caregivers about "the things that little girls can grow up to be." (U.S. Air Force photo by Dorothee Bennett)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Rebecca Donnelly and her puppet Kafka introduce Col. Theresa Giorlando, 96th Mission Support group, to kick off Women's History Month at the base library with a special appearance at Preschool Story Time March 6 with the reading of four books. Colonel Giorlando spoke to a group of 43 preschoolers, parents and caregivers about "the things that little girls can grow up to be." (U.S. Air Force photo by Dorothee Bennett)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Rebecca Donnelly and her puppet Kafka introduce Col. Theresa Giorlando, 96th Mission Support group, to kick off Women's History Month at the base library with a special appearance at Preschool Story Time March 6 with the reading of four books. Colonel Giorlando spoke to a group of 43 preschoolers, parents and caregivers about "the things that little girls can grow up to be." (U.S. Air Force photo by Dorothee Bennett)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Col. Theresa Giorlando, 96th Mission Support Group commander, helped the library kick off Women's History Month with a special appearance at Preschool Story Time March 6 with the reading of four books about "the things that little girls can grow up to be," for a group of 43 preschoolers, parents and caregivers.

Mary Calloway, a teacher in the Eglin Child Development Center's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, brought her class for the special event.

The colonel put a personal spin on the theme of women's achievement for her eager audience, who gave new meaning to the term "active listener." The children peppered her with questions and comments, to which Colonel Giorlando responded with enthusiasm and humor.

"There's nothing more important than shaping young minds in a positive direction," the colonel said. "Few things do it better than the library."

Nicholle Anderson, who regularly brings her young son and daughter to story time, said she really appreciates Col. Giorlando taking the time to read to the children.

"She has a natural way with children," Mrs. Anderson said. "I loved hearing her tell them that girls can grow up to be anything they want."

Colonel Giorlando has participated in the library's Summer Reading Program and is a big supporter of early literacy.

"Our Eglin Library is the best library I've seen in my 22 years of service," she said. "Knowledge and information are fundamental to our success and happiness in this world. Our outstanding library professionals do a terrific job to help our Eglin Airmen and families be happy and successful every day."

The base library invites guests from the Eglin community to share their time and experience at the weekly story time, which runs every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Previous special programs include African-American History Month story time and appearances by a local children's author.

"The children always love coming to the library," she said. "They look at it as their time to read and have fun, and the reading this week was wonderful."

The children enjoyed coloring and making bookmarks after listening to the stories. A different class from the CDC's VPK program comes to the library each week, along with several Family Child Care providers and individual parents and children.

Each week's program covers a different theme and offers both parents and children an opportunity to learn, socialize and discover the resources available at the Base Library.

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