The Wichita Public Library joins libraries across the state this November for “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers,” a program that creates young readers through early learning activities and sharing a common book.
The month-long program promotes reading to Kansas children birth to age five. This year’s selected book is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. From mountain to rocket ship, a small, imaginative bunny shows that box is not always just a box but an object that will go as far as the imagination allows.
Programming at Wichita Public Library includes a special Kansas Reads to Preschoolers storytime Friday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. at the Rockwell Branch Library. Storytimes the week of November 14-18 will also feature readings of the selected book.
Latin Grammy-winning music duo “123 Andres” will play two concerts on Saturday, November 12: 10:30 a.m. at the Alford Branch Library (3447 S. Meridian) and 2:30 p.m. at the Advanced Learning Library (711 W. 2nd St.). Their catchy songs and lively concerts get the whole family dancing while learning in English and Spanish. This free family concert focuses on ages 0-6.
“Reading is an important component of early childhood development,” said Jaime Prothro, Director of Libraries.” Children gain empathy and a deep understanding about their world, and learn about people, places and events. It also helps caregivers and educators create trusting bonds with children.”
More information about Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, including five videos featuring different activities to create young readers and inspire early learning, can be found at wichitalibrary.org/prek.