Saturday, June 15, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Kids, grownups and the reader all have a magnificent time!

It takes a magnificent retired teacher to capture the attention of a room full of preschoolers and their parents AND their grandparents and caregivers.

Margo Hosie was that person this morning at Neighborhood to Neighbor when she was the latest guest reader in the monthly “Reading with Friends” storytime series.

The book was “The Most Magnificent Thing,” which Hosie began by talking about “this big word ‘magnificent’” that she had printed on something of a flash card.

By the end of the story, however, Hosie said the first card made the word “magnificent” seem plain and small, and the story by Canadian author and illustrator Ashley Spires showed it as a big and exciting — so then she unveiled a much larger placard adorned with sparkles and stars.

Hosie, of Concordia, said even as a child she played as a teacher to her siblings and appreciated the chance to be a guest reader. “It’s just fun to be a part of it, and reading is so important,” she said.

The “Reading with Friends” storytimes are for children ages 3, 4 and 5. Each session includes playtime and a snack, plus children receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers may stay downstairs at the day center for women to enjoy coffee and snacks – but many choose to join their small charges upstairs to listen to the story.

The monthly program has been part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. The final session for the 2016-17 school year will be April 7, beginning at 10 a.m.

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

“Reading with Friends” is funded in part by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

One thought on “Kids, grownups and the reader all have a magnificent time!

  • Missy Ljungdahl

    Wow, I wish I could have been there. It seems like it was a terrific event.

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