October 20, 2016

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Wichita Public Library Celebrates Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month

This November, the Wichita Public Library joins libraries across the state with a program to help create young readers with the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers initiative.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is a month-long event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians, early childhood professionals, and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen book. This year's selected title is Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson. 

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is one of many early literacy initiatives the Wichita Public Library undertakes throughout the year. With books, technology, programs, and one-on-one assistance to caregivers, the Library works to help Wichita's youngest learners, regardless of income level or access to technology, obtain the skills necessary to learn to read.

The Library will host a kick-off event at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5 at the Evergreen Branch Library located at 2601 N. Arkansas. The Teddy Bear Picnic Party will include stories, crafts, book giveaways, and an animal from the Great Plains Nature Center.

Bear Sees Colors will also be incorporated in various weekly storytimes at five Library locations, including two storytimes presented in both English and Spanish. Mayor Longwell will be reading this year's Kansas Reads to Preschoolers book at the Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9 at Westlink Branch Library located at 8515 Bekemeyer. 

The Wichita Public Library will take the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers program to thousands of preschoolers at 65 schools and early childhood facilities where an Outreach Librarian along with a team of volunteers will provide instruction on how to utilize this year's book to help grow early literacy skills.

The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas.

Wichita Public Library provides collections and services that inform, entertain and enrich the quality of life in Wichita. For more information, visit

State Library of Kansas provides quality library services and resources through your local library, including downloadable ebooks (for adults and children), audiobooks, and online databases. To learn more visit
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(316) 268-4351

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Stephanie Huff
(316) 261-8524

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* Wichita Public Library
* Teddy Bear Picnic Party
* State Library of Kansas

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