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Kansas Reads to preschoolers, silly cows

Chicken’s got visitors, but the hesitant farm fowl is none too happy about it. Join Chicken and his three silly cow house guests for a rollicking good time at Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, Tues. Nov. 18 and Thurs. Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m. in Marvin Auditorium, featuring Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is all about growing a love of reading early, from birth through age 5. That’s the time when exposure to books and reading means the world to a child’s future relationship to learning.

It’s a part of many things the library does to enrich the learning and reading skills of little ones throughout the community.

“Parents are the child’s first teacher and the first five years of life are critical for developing skills needed throughout life,” says LeAnn Petrie, youth services supervisor.

The event will feature both storytime and some fun hands-on activities. Play comes so naturally to preschool-aged and younger kids, and it’s an important first element in learning to read, says Luanne Webb, a youth services librarian.

“Play is important in developing motor skills, getting the muscles in the fingers ready to write,” says Webb. “The talking that happens during play is developing language skills.”

The library is the perfect site to get your little one all set to read. Make that process a memorable — and rowdy! — time at Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, Tues. Nov. 18 & Thurs. Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m.


Leah is a former employee and wrote many stories and articles for the library.