Party in the Park

Yesterday Lucy got to meet Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And she got to pet Mother Goose’s pet gander.

And Little Red Riding Hood and Winnie the Pooh read stories aloud to her.

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How you ask?  Yesterday was “Party in the Park” – the Kalamazoo Public Library’s annual celebration of reading, aimed at the preschool age group. All the children in attendance got to pick up a bag with animal crackers, a juice box, and a free book (Lucy got Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz). And for the next hour, we got to hear some wonderful stories read to us by an enthusiastic assortment of readers.

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It was held in Bronson Park, where they had set up about 30 “reader” chairs on all the grassy areas. Children (along with their parent or caregiver) clustered into groups on the grass by the chairs, and the readers moved from group to group, sharing their story as they went along. Some of the readers were library staff, and some were local “celebrities” like the Kalamazoo mayor, but for the kids, the most exciting readers were the costumed characters.

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In this photo you can see Max (from Where the Wild Things Are), Elmer, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Lucy excitedly pointed out the Cat in the Hat reading to the group next to us, and I also caught a photo of Curious George joining another group.

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It was an absolutely wonderful way to spend a spring morning, and Lucy and I had a blast. I can’t wait to go back again next year! Thank you, KPL!

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– CJ

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