Story (and sirens) delight ‘Reading with Friends’ preschoolers

September 9, 2016 by


No matter how fun the story or how lively the reader, nothing can compete for a preschooler’s attention with an ambulance with siren blaring and lights flashing .

So just a few minutes into “Reading with Friends” this morning at Neighbor to Neighbor, guest reader Barbara Henry lost her audience as they all crowded at the second-floor window to see the exciting vehicle pass below.

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As the siren faded, the children quickly returned their attention to Henry and “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” the first book in this year’s storytime series. And despite the beginning distraction, Henry quickly had the preschoolers absorbed in the sing-song story.

The monthly program has been part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. The remaining sessions for the 2016-17 school year are Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13 (2017), Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7.

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 includes playtime and a snack, plus children 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.

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

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




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