‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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The McCook Public Library honored some of this year’s biggest, little readers with a storytelling and prize presentation at the library recently. Zander Ralston was dubbed the season’s “Big Reader” with more than 3,000 books read. Approximately 120 kids signed up for the program this year, which is the second year the library has put it on.

City Manager Nate Schneider, right, voices the "Big Bad Wolf" during a storytelling gathering, with help from his daughter, Katie Kjendal, who voiced the three little pigs.
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A group of youngsters enthralled by the huffing and puffing of the “Big Bad Wolf” during a storytelling event at the McCook Public Library.
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Storytelling at the McCook Public Library with the help of the library's Teen Advisory Board and city staff.
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More than a few young participants receiving prizes during the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" season wrap-up chose to make a hasty exit with their rewards, leaving no opportunity for Library Director Jody Crocker, far left, to change her mind.
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McCook Public Library Teen Advisory Board member Brianna Hazen reads a colorful story to a group of young readers and their family members attending a "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" prize presentation event.
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City Manager Nate Schneider with daughters, from left, Emily Kjendal and Katie Kjendal, giggle their way through a reading of "Are You a Horse?"
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