Storytime for Students at Little Read

Storytime for Students at Little Read
Posted on 10/17/2019
Students from Montclair’s elementary schools got a special treat this week when they visited both the main branch and Bellevue branch of the Montclair Public Library for its annual Little Read. The Little Read is a children’s read-aloud marathon that brings together Montclair community members in a town-wide celebration of literacy and community. The event, entirely free to the public, takes place over the course of four days from October 16-19.

Each participant reads aloud in 10-minute slots scheduled throughout the event, which is geared to children in pre-school through grade three. Readings take place at different locations throughout Montclair, with a wide variety of books from which readers may choose.

Kindergarteners from Northeast and Watchung came to the Bellevue Ave. branch on Wed., Oct. 16 to listen to stories from community members. First Ward Councilor Bill Hurlock (pictured below, left) read his favorite children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” “I look forward to this every year," he said, before taking his seat in front of the excited listeners. “This is a great opportunity to encourage kids to have a love for reading.” Susan Chandler (pictured below, center), who lives in Montclair and whose children went through the Montclair Public Schools said it was a “great experience to be able to take time to volunteer.” Kathryn Gutowkski (pictured below, right), whose four children are grown, agreed it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the younger set and share a story with them.

councilman reads to students  volunteer reads to students  volunteer reads to students

Bradford Kindergarteners traveled to the main branch of the Monctclair Public Library to listen to stories read by First Ward Councilor Sean Spiller (below left) and Councilor At Large (below right) Robert Russo among others. 

                       council member reads to students  council member reads to students

The Little Read has become one of the fall’s must-attend events for families with young children. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves. The readathon culminates Fri, Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m. with Bedtime Stories from Mayor Robert Jackson, Library Director Peter Coyl, and others, and a live performance of Peter and the Wolf, performed by a woodwind quintet, and Sat., Oct. 19 with events at several locations. See the full schedule.  
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