Party in the Park

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I read the book Balloons, Balloons, Balloons ten times today and I said the word “balloons” about 300 – 400 times.  I thoroughly enjoyed it each time, especially with my ten appreciative audiences.

I was a reader today at “Party in the Park,” KPL’s Ready to Read celebration of the nationally recognized “Stand for Children Day.” Over 1,400 preschoolers and their caregivers gathered in Bronson Park for an hour to hear stories read by local community leaders and costumed story book characters. The readers moved from one small group of preschoolers to another.

This fun event has a serious purpose: to focus community attention on the fun and importance of sharing books with young children. And fun it was….who couldn’t enjoy having ten preschoolers shout “balloons” repeatedly! The balloons had tough competition though from Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Man in the Yellow HatMadeline, and other familiar story book characters who were there.

Thanks to all the volunteer readers, the organizers and helpers, the caregivers and the children….and the rain even held off until it was over!

Remember to read to all the children in your life.


Balloons, Balloons, Balloons

Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 05/28/2009 08:09:07 AM | 

Party in the Park is a terrific event! The kids really love it! Many thanks to the Ready to Read folks for leading it.
Posted by: Keith ( Email ) at 5/29/2009 10:16 AM

I was awed by the many volunteers bustling around making sure that groups of kids had readers at their service. One reader right after another kept the kids engaged the entire time. What a treat!
Posted by: Karen Finch ( Email ) at 5/29/2009 5:12 PM

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