Lakewood Ranch's Susan Johnson gave the best reason the Anna Maria Island Privateers brought their ship to the Braden River Library on Saturday.
After her 6-year-old son, Collin, came off the ship, they were headed back inside the library. "We will be checking out pirate books," she said.
Braden River Children's Librarian Chris Culp was thrilled with a turnout of more than 30 children taking part in the special event. "I thought it would be fun," Culp said. "The kids love pirates. It inspires their imagination."
John Swager, the president of the Anna Maria Island Privateers, said the non-profit group's motto is "kids and communities" and the seven volunteers who showed up representing the club were thrilled to inspire children to read.
"We wanted to provide them with an aspect of adventure," he said.