Teacher & mechanic team up for a winning storytime

February 15, 2013 by

Carol Ruud and Tony Miller led a roomful of preschoolers through a hot-rod race Friday morning in the latest installment of the “Reading with Leaders” program at Concordia’s Neighbor to Neighbor.

The two guest readers — Ruud, a retired teacher, and Miller, the owner of Miller’s Automotive — entertained more than 40 children with the book “Hot Rod Hamster,” written by Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson.

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The yearlong storytelling program is coordinated by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Initiatives office and hosted by Neighbor to Neighbor. The program is funded in part with a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.

The series for preschoolers (ages 3, 4 and 5) began in September and will continue through May. The next session is Friday, March 8,  at 10 a.m., with Sister Marcia Allen and Dr. Paul Nelson reading “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day.” Each child registered receives a free copy of the book. Advance registration is required, by calling 785-262-4215.

As the readers entertained the children upstairs Friday morning, their parents, grandparents and younger siblings were able to relax with coffee and doughnuts downstairs in the center at 103 E. Sixth St.

After the storytelling time, the children were able to try out with the wide assortment of toys and books  in the upstairs playroom. Before leaving, each child received a copy of the book “Hot Rod Hamster” plus a small bag of snacks.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the series:

  • March 8 — “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day”
  • March 22 — “The Giving Tree”
  • April 12 — “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
  • April 26 — “Kitty Claus,” read by author T.L. Needham and illustrator Lizzy Dodig
  • May 3 —   “Green Eggs & Ham”


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