Burbank’s Newest Neighborhood Leadership Program class was gathered in the community room of Buena Vista Library for their unveiling of Dewey the Dragon.
A recent contest was held and some 250 entries were submitted to invision what the Burbank Library should have as a new mascot. The final choice was Dewey the Dragon, created by Burbank resident Chris Runco, an employee of The Walt Disney Company’s Imagineering division.
Runco, who formally was a Burbank Leader Political Cartoonist, an a longtime artist and his kids use the Burbank Library on a regular interval.
The BNLP class raised the funds and helped with the unveiling of Dewey. Remarks were made by City Manager Mark Scott and Library Services Director Sharon Cohen who got up with a roar of the room and then rear doors of the room opened to amazing applause as Dewey, the green colored Dragon, entered the room.
Runco, who got to see Dewey for the first time since his entry was made, gave him a high five and with a smile on his face, was pleased with how Dewey came out.
Dewey will be used to help promote programs and events at Burbank Libraries. A new library card will also be in the works soon.
The original version of this story has been updated with the correct name of the mascot Dewey.