Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2013

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAA dog named Dog!? Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds. Prepare for a morning full of silliness, colors and number fun as 2 to 5 year olds and their parents enjoy Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd and other doggone good stories.

Kids and their parents or home childcare providers will converge on Marvin Auditorium Nov. 19 and 20 as we honor Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. The week (Nov. 17–23) highlights the importance of reading to children to prepare them for school. “We want you and your family to read together often, not just this week but every week,” said Kathy Ellison, Youth Services specialist.

Registration required. Call 785-580-4565 to save you and your child’s spot.

After children enjoy 30 minutes of interactive storytime, led by the magnificent storytelling duo Kathy and Eleanor, they’ll roam the different activity stations to learn, play, socialize and snack. Kids can spend as much or little time at each station as they like.

One year a child had so much fun playing with the animal hospital dramatic play at the event that her grandmother bought a toy doctor’s set to continue the fun at home and spark an interest in medicine.

The library partners with Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas each year to bring learning and fun to the younger sect through this storytime on steroids.

“When children have fun with books that is a huge motivator for them to want to learn to read themselves and will lead them to practice that habit when they are older,” said Eleanor Strecker, of Child Care Aware.

Each family or group will take home a copy of the book, Dogs Colorful Day, and an activity packet with oodles of ideas for raising a reader.

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