‘Nobody Hugs a Cactus’ is N2N’s featured book

February 8, 2021 by  

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will return in February as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. Feb. 12.

This month’s book will be “Nobody Hugs a Cactus” by Carter Goodrich.

Goodrich, the celebrated artist and lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest people — or the crankiest cacti — need a little love.

Marian Condray will be the guest reader for this Facebook Live virtual event. Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Instead of coming to Neighbor to Neighbor as usual, just go to the Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook page to tune in for the story. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy later in case they can’t make it online at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to pre-register will be able to pick up a copy of the book ahead of time (one per family) so they can follow along at home.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. To register for the book, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Reading with Friends returns as a Facebook live event for January

January 4, 2021 by  

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will return in January as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. Jan. 8.

January’s book will be “A Loud Winter’s Nap” written and illustrated by Katy Hudson. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of ‘Tortoise’ who doesn’t like change and just wants to find a quiet place to nap — but his friends have other ideas.

Instead of coming to Neighbor to Neighbor as usual, just go to the Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook page to tune in for the story with guest reader Lindsay Metcalf. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8. The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy later in case they can’t make it online at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to pre-register will be able to pick up a copy of the book ahead of time (one per family).

“Lindsay is a reader that they won’t want to miss,” Sister Missy said. “We will have books and snacks available to pick up starting Jan. 6, in case the children would like to follow along in their own book as Lindsay reads.”

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. To register, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Reading with Friends returns as a Facebook live event for December

December 1, 2020 by  

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor returns in December in a new format! Due to Covid rates in Cloud County, December’s event will be done on Facebook Live.

December’s book will be “Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins” by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Mark Chambers. A perfect book for this year, as Santa isn’t feeling well on Christmas so Mrs. Claus steps in and takes over.

Instead of coming to Neighbor to Neighbor as usual, just go to the Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook page to tune in for the story with guest reader Sister Denise Schmitz. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy in case they can’t make it at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to register will be able to pick up a copy of the book (one per family) as well as a treat and gift from Mrs. Claus.

“The books and gifts can be picked up from 10:30 a.m to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11, or anytime the following week,” Sister Missy said. “Santa is so sorry he can’t be with us this year and knows how good the children in Concordia have been. He wants them to have this story to enjoy with their family and a gift made by one of Santa’s very super helpers.”

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. To register, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

‘Nobody Hugs a Cactus’ is N2Ns featured book

November 3, 2020 by  

November’s book for Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be “Nobody Hugs a Cactus” by Carter Goodrich.

Goodrich, the celebrated artist and lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille, and Despicable Me, shows that sometimes, even the prickliest people — or the crankiest cacti — need a little love.
Marian Condray will be the guest reader.

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 at Neighbor to Neighbor.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said additional precautions will be taken due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Face masks will be required for everyone over 2 years of age, temperature checks will be offered and social distancing will be observed. Hand sanitizer will be available.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance so that their child will receive a book. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.
The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Reading with Friends to feature “Bruce’s Big Storm” in October

September 30, 2020 by  

October’s book for Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be “Bruce’s Big Storm” by best-selling author and illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

Last winter, the kids were treated to the story of Bruce the grumpy bear as he played Santa for all his forest friends. Now they’ll hear the story of how all the forest animals turn to Bruce during a big storm — whether he likes it or not!

The book will be read by guest reader Tina Brewer.

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Neighbor to Neighbor.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said additional precautions will be taken due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Face masks will be required for everyone over 2 years of age, temperature checks will be offered and social distancing will be observed. Hand sanitizer will be available.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance so that their child will receive a book. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Reading with Friends to present “The Dinky Donkey” at the Broadway Plaza

September 1, 2020 by  

  Reading with Friends to present “The Dinky Donkey” at the Broadway Plaza

The popular Reading with Friends program at Neighbor to Neighbor will return in September, with a new book, a new outdoor location and some new guidelines.

September’s book for Reading with Friends will be “The Dinky Donkey” by Craig Smith with illustrations by Katz Cowley.

Last spring, the kids

were treated to the story of “The Wonkey Donkey.” Now they will get to hear the tale of what happens when the Wonkey Donkey has a baby daughter!

The book will be read by Sister Christina Brodie.

Story time will beg

in at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11 outdoors at the Broadway Plaza in Concordia.

In addition to the location change, Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said additional precautions will be taken due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Face masks wi

ll be required for everyone over 2 years of age. It is recommended that children bring a blanket or chair to sit on, and social distancing will be observed. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at both gates to the Plaza, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance so that their child will receive a book. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012.

“Santa Bruce” will be featured book for December’s Reading with Friends

December 3, 2019 by  

December’s book for Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be “Santa Bruce” by award-winning author and illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.

Bruce is a lot of things. He is a bear. He is a grump. He is a pretty decent cook. One thing Bruce is not? Santa Claus. But that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give them their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity … again.

The book will be read by special guest Tonya Merrill.

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012.

“Knuffle Bunny” will be featured book for November’s Reading with Friends

October 21, 2019 by  

November’s book for Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” by award-winning writer Mo Willems.


Trixie, Daddy and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes “somebunny” has been left behind.

The book will be read by special guest Dr. Adrian Douglas of Cloud County Community College.

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.
The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012.

Snake meets farm in this month’s Reading with Friends book

September 20, 2019 by  

A class field trip to a local farm sounds like a pretty nice time … that is until one of the kids sneaks in his pet snake — a giant boa constrictor!

Find out more about this zany trip during October’s Reading with Friends, where the book of the month will be “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” by Trinka Hakes Noble with illustrations by Steven Kellogg.

What starts as a ho-hum visit to a farm ends in a wild free-for-all when Jimmy’s pet boa constrictor decides to mingle with barnyard society. The book will be read by special guest reader Sister Jodi Creten.

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Neighbor to Neighbor.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012.

“Nibbles the Book Monster” to be March’s featured book at N2N

February 21, 2019 by  

The March book for Reading with Friends will be “Nibbles the Book Monster” by Emma Yarlett.

Nibbles is a very naughty book monster — he’s chomping, munching and nibbling his way through fairytales that don’t belong to him! Children will love to lift the flaps, peek through the peepholes, and chase Nibbles through a fantastical world of books in this quirky story.

The book will be read by guest reader Sue Sutton. Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8.

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance. Call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. The next Reading with Friends events will be March 8.

This year’s Reading with Friends is made possible thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

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