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Joy Cook, son Jac Cook, 3, and stuffed animal friend Lambie will participate in the Stuffed Animal Early New Year's Party Sleepover. Jac along with other participants will leave their stuffed animals for the night at the Allen County Public Library Dupont Branch. The two along with others listened while Dupont Branch Children's Librarian Christi Miller read "When the Lights Go Out," by Megan McDonald. Miller explained that after the children drop off the stuffed animals for the night they will have a pizza party together with head stuffed animal George, a rather large gorilla, read books, play with Legos and even race on the book carts. Saturday morning the children will then see photos of the stuffed animal sleepover and will prepare a scrapbook. This is the second year the library has done this.

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Camera: NIKON D2Hs

Shutter: 1/60 s

Aperture: f/4

Exposure Setting: Manual (Spot Metering)

ISO: 800

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 180 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments: I went to the Allen County Public Library's Dupont Branch today and took photos of kids dropping off their stuffed animals for a sleepover party. The sleepover was for the stuffed animals only, which I found rather amusing.

The children listened to a story called "When the Lights Go Out" and then they put tags on their little friends and will pick them up tomorrow morning. The librarian said they will do several different things with the stuffed animals, which I thought was kind of cute.

They were going to have a pizza party, read books, play with Legos and then have races with the book carts. The next morning the children will see photos of what happened and will create scrapbooks.

I got a nice moment of Joy and Jac (mother & son) smiling together while listening to a book. When going to assignments like this, you don't know what to expect. You have to seek out little moments like this to try to tell a visual story.

- Laura J. Gardner, Photojournalist