Vermont children have enjoyed meeting Maisy, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George, and Rosemary Well’s Max in person. Costume Specialists lends character costumes for promotional use at schools, libraries, and bookstores. To use the costume, the library pays the shipping cost, usually $140. See http://www.costumespecialists.com/childrens_book_characters.html# for a complete list of available costumes and information on how to request a costume.
Both Bennington Free Library and the Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier have borrowed costumes from this company, and both have postitive feedback:
“We have been renting costumes for 10 years from Costume specialists. It’s a great deal. This week Frog and Toad visited our Library. 12 different classes came for an introduction to the library and to meet Frog and Toad. We also had a party for the public. Over 100 people attended. I recommend this kind of programing highly. A good deal for the buck.” -Chris Poggi Children’s Librarian Bennington Free Library
“Just wanted folks to know that we had Max from Costume Specialists here for the week and he was a huge hit. He cost us $140 which included shipping. Fed Ex dropped him off two days early, and arranged to pick him up at the end of the designated time. It was some of the best PR we’ve done. I’ve included a few pictures. It was well worth the money and effort.” - Jane Napier, Kellogg Hubbard Library