LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Theodore Kusbiemtoro may not have known much about Spiderman before more than 20 children convened for Monday's Superhero Conference in the Children's Room of the Larchmont Library, but afterward he was shooting webs and climbing the desks like his new favorite masked marvel.
"I think it's helpful for him to get into books more," said Theodore's mother Yuliane, a Larchmont resident.
Yuliane watched with other parents and caregivers as Children's Librarian Rebecca Eller read one of the library's Spiderman books to a group of over 20 children between the age of 4 and 6. Theodore, 4, was front and center, laying on the Activity Room floor, head in hands, captivated.
When Eller moved on to the superhero quiz, Theodore, along with all of the other children at the 11 a.m. program, got vocal. Eller showed a picture and asked the kids to shout out who it was, and they did.
"I couldn't believe how much they knew," Eller said. "These kids know their superheroes."
Each time Eller changed the slide, the rest of the group would shout out their answers, but Theodore would raise his hand to say, "I'm ready for the next one." While Theodore's favorite quickly became Spiderman, Eller saved her favorite for the last slide of the quiz. She stumped everybody with Super Librarian.
"I think it's a fantastic program," said Christina Chandra, a Larchmont resident who brought her three children. "There is nothing else going on this time of year with the summer camps over. I think it's right on target with kids this age, the superheroes."
Chandra sat with her kids, Luke, 5, Kate, 3, and Eddy, 2, who made their own superhero logos and pasted them onto red capes. Luke drew the Batman logo, while Kate made her own Super Kate logo, with some help from mom in the scissors department.
Theodore also created his own superhero name, Super Theo, and logo, which he plans on wearing when his family goes on vacation.
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