Kids explore pirate life at Dec. 11 preschoolers’ storytime

December 4, 2015 by

web-Pirate-CoverWhen preschoolers gather for the next “Reading with Friends” at Neighbor to Neighbor on Friday, Dec. 11, they will be able to decide along with Jeremy Jacob if pirate life is for them.

Jeremy is the starring character in “How I Became a Pirate,” written by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon. When he joins Capt. Braid Beard and his crew, he learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food — but he also learns that there are no books to be read out loud or good night kisses on board on pirate ship.

The guest reader this month is Sister Christina Brodie.

The “Reading with Friends” storytime series is for children ages 3, 4 and 5 and begins at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of “How I Became a Pirate” 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 262-4215 or emailing

The remaining sessions for the 2015-16 school year will be Jan. 8, 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.



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