Library shows support for police during Law Enforcement Appreciation day

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - People across the country spent Thursday showing their appreciation for police officers in Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The Grand Island Library also honored the men and women in blue by inviting a local police officer to spend the morning with young readers.

The Grand Island library presented Officer Wood with this thank you card for him and his department. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Officer Jason Wood with the Grand Island Police Department read, ate snacks, colored and danced with the group.

Library staff says they want children to build a better relationship with their local authorities.

"I think it's really important to have positive interactions with the kids and the public," Library Assistant II Lori Medlin told Local4 News. "I think our police department here in Grand Island is outstanding so I just wanted to honor them."

"It is a lot of fun," Officer Wood said. "A lot of time kids see us when bad things are happening. This way they can kind of see us in a positive light and a positive atmosphere. It's really great to see interact with kids this way."

The library and GIPD used to have more events like this, but due to budget cuts and busy schedules they had to cut back.