The Kansas State Library marks November as the month to celebrate the importance of reading to young children, and provides the books for special programs across the state.
The book this year is “Is Your Mama a Llama?” by Deborah Guarino. The guest reader at “Reading with Friends” will be Mikki Nelson.
The storytime series is for children ages 3, 4 and 5 and begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St., Concordia. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of “Is Your Mama a Llama?” 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 email@example.com.
The remaining sessions for the 2015-16 school year will be Dec. 11, Jan. 8 (2016), Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 and May 13.
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.
The Frank Carlson Library also took part in Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month and read “Is Your Mama a Llama?” for its Brainy Kids Storytime Nov. 3.