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'Batman' image featuring late Lenny Robinson earns accolade for Howard County Library

The late Lenny Robinson was featured on the Howard County library guide, and the image won an award for library publications.
The late Lenny Robinson was featured on the Howard County library guide, and the image won an award for library publications. (Courtesy Howard County Library)

The late Lenny Robinson, who became known for his charitable appearances as Batman at events in support of children and who died last year in a car accident, played a role in an award received recently by the Howard County Library.

The system received international recognition by Hermes Creative Awards for the cover photo on its 2015 summer issue of "source," a magazine it publishes to promote library happenings.

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The photo, "Batman Reads," was awarded the 2016 Platinum Award in the photography portrait/people category. Robinson is featured as the Caped Crusader in the photo.

Robinson, 51, of Owings Mills, died in August when he was struck by a vehicle in Western Maryland. His custom black car — his version of the Batmobile — had broken down on Interstate 70, and he was checking the engine when the accident occurred.

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Library officials said the system's public relations team of Christie Lassen, Geoff Baker and Dennis Wood staged and shot the photos to promote last year's summer reading initiative in Howard County.

The Hermes Creative Award recognizes creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. The competition is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

HCLS' entries were chosen from more than 6,000 entries from throughout the world. Only 15 percent of entries win the Platinum Award, the organization's top honor.

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