Preschoolers invited to ‘Read with Friends’ — and get free books

September 1, 2016 by

web-150px-Reading-LogoNow 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. 9, and will continue once a month through the school year. The monthly program has been part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012.

The storytimes for children ages 3, 4 and 5 all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. 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 first session, on Sept. 9, will feature “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” read by Barbara Henry. The character of “Pete the Cat” was created by artist James Dean, who illustrated this and numerous other books. The story is by Eric Litwinis.

The other sessions for the 2016-17 school year are Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13 (2017), Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7.

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 in part by a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

That grant is also making it possible to launch a new music program at Neighbor to Neighbor. “Music Together” is a music and movement program for children from birth through age 7 and the grownups who love them. Musician Amber Rogers, who is certified as a center director for Music Together, will lead the eight-week program.

Neighbor to Neighbor is a day center for women and women with young children, and is operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.





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