See, kids? Even bats like to read

Houghton-Mifflin author/illustrator Brian Lies brings his book “Bats at

Houghton-Mifflin author/illustrator Brian Lies brings his book “Bats at

the Library” to Poulsbo, Sept. 11.

With school back in session, Liberty Bay Books is showing its love of books to the kids by bringing in children’s book author/illustrator Brian Lies.

But it might be the only children’s author event sponsored by the North Kitsap bookstore for the entire school year.

Lies (“pronounced ‘leese’ like ‘cheese,’” it said in the press release) will be coming to talk to elementary school-aged kids and younger about his love of reading and where it’s taken him, Sept. 11 in Poulsbo.

He’ll be reading from his new book “Bats at the Library.”

Interestingly, despite the book’s setting and the author’s obvious affection for the place, the event is not going to be at the library.

It’ll be at the Poulsbo Sons of Norway.

The bats probably had the library booked that night.

Lies’ new “Bats” book — a follow-up to the New York Times bestseller “Bats at the Beach” — finds his winged-mammal main characters looking for something to do on “another inky evening.”

“We’ve feasted, fluttered, swooped and soared, and yet … we’re still just a little bored,” the book begins — kind of like a metaphor for small-town kids everywhere.

Luckily for these bats, the local librarian has left a window open after locking up for the night, making tonight bats’ night at the library.

They fly in and find a whole new world of computers and copy machines, water fountains and shelves, and a multitude of other worlds held in the text of the books therein.

Evidently, bats might not be as blind as we thought.