Come ‘Read with Friends’ — and get free books!

August 24, 2015 by

Now that the older kids are back in school, it’s time for a special pre-school storytelling series to begin.

“Reading with Friends” returns Sept. 11, and will continue on the second Friday of each month through the school year.

The storytimes for children ages 3, 4 and 5 all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St., Concordia. Each session will include playtime and a snack, plus children will 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.

The sessions for the 2015-16 school year are set for Sept. 11, Oct. 9, 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.

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

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.

“We hope to help foster the love of reading in the children who take part,” said Sister Pat McLennon, echoing the program’s motto: “A love of books begins with just one.”



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