As adults, we know the importance of dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency, but do your kids? If the answer is no, then listen up parents. This April, you and your sidekick can head to your neighborhood library to get the 411 on 9-1-1. The Emery the Emergency Penguin Storybook Tour is a fun and informative story time event that teaches preschoolers how, when and where to dial 9-1-1.

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photo: Jennifer B. Davis

The Scoop on the Storybook Tour
Told with the help of Emery the Emergency Penguin, this free storybook tour will be held at local libraries throughout King County. The tour will feature the Emery and the Ice Carnival story, which will be read by locals such as Dow Constantine, actual emergency first responders and 9-1-1 operators. In addition to 9-1-1 know-how, little safety attendees will go home with an Emery coloring book and learn a fun 9-1-1 song. Psst… give it a listen here.

Storybook Cover

Where to Catch the Tour
The storybook tour will kick off at Woodland Park Zoo on March 31 and will coincide with April’s 9-1-1 National Public Education Month. The program is a partnership between the Seattle Public Library, King County Library System and the King County E-911 program office.

Woodland Park Zoo – Zoomazium: Thurs., March 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event will include a live performance of Emery’s 9-1-1 Emergency Song, a 9-1-1 Hero award presentation and a reading of the book by the 9-1-1 dispatcher whose idea inspired the story. Note: zoo admission is required.

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Bothell Branch (KCLS): Tues., April 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Rainier Beach Branch (SPL): Fri., April 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Renton Branch (KCLS): Mon., April 11 at 10 a.m.

Kirkland Branch (KCLS): Tues., April 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Seattle Central Branch (SPL): Thurs., April 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Des Moines Branch (KCLS): Fri. April 15 at 11 a.m.

Bellevue Branch (KCLS): Tues., April 19 at noon

Kent Branch (KCLS): Wed., April 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Kenmore Branch (KCLS): Wed., April 20 at 4 p.m. (Spanish Story Time)

Issaquah Branch (KCLS): Tues., April 26 at noon

Federal Way Branch (KCLS): Wed., April 27 at 11:30 a.m.

Green Lake Branch (SPL): Wed., April 27 at 11:15 a.m.

Kingsgate Branch (KCLS): Sat., April 30 at noon

Meet a Kid Hero
Every day in our area more than 5,000 calls are made to 9-1-1 and many people, including kids, don’t know how and when to call. But thankfully, nine-year-old King County resident, Austin Holdt, dialed 9-1-1 when his grandma fell unconscious and was able to remain calm and informative, until help arrived within minutes. You and your crew can meet local hero Austin Holdt when he receives the 9-1-1 Hero award at the storybook tour kick off event on March 31.

Austin Holdt

We all know that an emergency can happen at any time and teaching your little one to dial 9-1-1 can help save a life. For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/safety/E911.aspx. Psst! Did you know that you can also create a “Smart911” profile?  Visit kinggcounty.gov/Smart911 to learn more and to set up your personal profile.

Will you be attending the Emery the Emergency Penguin Storybook Tour? Tell us in the Comments below. 

— Jennifer B. Davis