Kids get to ‘touch a truck’ at Library event

Area kids got the chance to climb into the driver’s seat Friday.

The La Crosse Public Library held a ‘Touch a Truck’ event Friday morning.

Vehicles from the La Crosse Police Department, Fire Department, and area businesses were parked outside the library on Main Street giving kids the chance to get behind the wheel.

Librarians say the up-close interactions can make officers and firefighters less intimidating to kids when they see them in other settings.

“I think it’s important for the community to kind of start building those relationships with all of the different organizations like the police, like the fire, so that way if they were ever to see them in real life it wouldn’t be as scary, maybe,” said Early Literacy Librarian Brooke Newberry.

This was the first time the library has ever held its own ‘touch a truck’ event. They estimate about 300 people showed up.