Reader brings story to life with ‘click, clack’ typewriter

October 9, 2015 by

Connie Palacio, a volunteer for the Sisters of St. Joseph, was the "guest" reader at this morning's "Reading with Friends."

Connie Palacio, a volunteer for the Sisters of St. Joseph, was the “guest reader” at this morning’s “Reading with Friends.”

Guest reader Connie Palacio shared center-stage with an antique Smith & Corona typewriter this morning as she entertained preschoolers with the book “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.”

At the end of the monthly storytime at Neighbor to Neighbor, Palacio helped the children type on the 89-year-old machine, to see if they could produce the “click, clack” sound from the story.

Palacio, a retired teacher from Anaheim, Calif., who is spending a year in Concordia as a full-time volunteer with the Sisters of St. Joseph, said she is more accustomed to working with older children — but she used the typewriter, sound effects and stickers to keep the attention of the 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.

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“Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type,” written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, was just the latest book in the “Reading with Friends” preschool storytime series.

It continues on the second Friday morning of each month through May 2016. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are invited to enjoy coffee and snacks downstairs at the day center for women while the story is being read upstairs.

There is a limit of 30 children so parents must register in advance by calling Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or emailing

The remaining sessions for the 2015-16 school year will be Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 (2016), Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 and May 13. For a schedule you can print out and save, CLICK HERE.

This year’s “Reading with Friends” is funded by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund, with continuing support from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, who operate Neighbor to Neighbor.



One Response to “Reader brings story to life with ‘click, clack’ typewriter”

  1. Missy Ljungdahl on October 14th, 2015 8:02 pm

    This looks like an amazing event. I bet those children will remember their learnings about a typewriter for some time. Connie, you always go the extra mile with your planning and events.

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