‘Friends’ gather for Neighbor to Neighbor storytime

February 27, 2015 by


web-Reading-LogoA room full of preschool children became friends with Swimmy the little black fish as “Reading with Friends” began this morning at Neighbor to Neighbor.

And the guest reader, Sister Missy Ljungdahl, captured the kids’ attention as she told them the story of Swimmy’s thrilling adventures. Her animated storytelling skill came from her years as a primary school teacher, although later she said, laughing, that she was “out of practice.”

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The two dozen or so children in the tiny chairs filling one end of the upstairs playroom at Neighbor to Neighbor didn’t notice; they were focused on Sister Missy and the story throughout the telling.

After storytime, the children were able to take advantage of the toys throughout the playroom, while their mothers and grandmothers enjoyed coffee and doughnuts downstairs.

“Reading with Friends” will continue for three more sessions.

The storytimes for children 3 to 5 years old are all on Fridays and all begin at 10 a.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor, 103 E. Sixth St. Each session will include playtime and a snack for the children, plus each child will receive a free copy of that day’s book to take home.

There is a limit of 30 children per session so parents must register in advance; call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

  • March 27 — “Fredrick” by Leo Lionni
  • April 24 — Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
  • May 15 — “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig

The program was made possible by a gift from the Cloud County Attorney’s Diversion Fund.

The Sisters of St. Joseph who operate Neighbor to Neighbor plan to offer another Reading with Friends series next fall.



4 Responses to “‘Friends’ gather for Neighbor to Neighbor storytime”

  1. Loretta Jasper on March 1st, 2015 8:20 am

    Heart building and warming and healing for each child! Thanks.

  2. Judy Stephens on February 28th, 2015 2:14 pm

    Really great photos & story.
    Thanks for posting!

  3. Jean Sida on February 28th, 2015 9:41 am

    There’s no better story teller than Missy! Glad you are sharing your unique talent with the children. What a gift you are, Missy.

  4. Anne M.Reinert on January 29th, 2015 8:25 pm

    O it does sound like fun!

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