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Wichita Public Library Celebrates “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers”

10/28/2021
Contact: Sean Jones |

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 from birth to age five. This year's book, selected by the State Library of Kansas, is Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. Waking up on the wrong side of the nest, Bird is too grumpy for his own good and sets out for a walk to improve his spirits. With the help of his friends and some fresh air, Bird is back to his old self and soon ready to face the day with a smile.

"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 also learn about people, places and events. It also helps caregivers and educators create trusting bonds with children."

This year, the State Library of Kansas selected the Wichita Public Library to record virtual story times in English, Spanish and American Sign Language. These videos will be available for all libraries in Kansas to use for programming.

Programming at the Wichita Public Library includes "Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Storytime" Saturday, November 6, 2:30-3 p.m. at the Rockwell Branch, 5939 E. 9th St. Bring a blanket and enjoy this outdoor storytime. Registration is available at wichitalibrary.org/events.

Library staff have also developed online resources and activities that caregivers and educators can download. More information is available at wichitalibrary.org/prek.

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