First Posted: 5/11/2009
Stories like Bad Kitty and Katie and the Big Snow came alive at the Mount Airy Public Library Monday afternoon during the kick-off of a daily storytelling hour to commemorate Childrens Book Week.
Retired librarian and local actor Jane Tucker read stories aloud to Jase Dillard and Shaqwaun Stanley, who listened with great interest. The boys were especially curious about Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel.
Is this based on a true story? Stanley asked.
Tucker explained that while the tale is probably not a real-life story, it fascinated her as a child.
I would beg my father to bring me to Popperville so I could go to the basement of town hall to visit Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel Mary Anne, Tucker said.
Assistant Librarian Angela Llewellyn said she has planned a different storyteller for each day of the week. Her husband, Brack Llewellyn, is scheduled to provide storytelling for children today. Librarian Pat Gwyn will be reading stories on Wednesday. Llewellyn herself will be reading on Thursday and Assistant Librarian Tommie Smith is set to read on Friday.
Although the turnout was a little low on Monday, Llewellyn said she is hoping the crowds will grow as the week goes on. Storytelling hour will begin at 3:30 p.m. each day this week.
It doesnt matter how big the group is. We will do it for whoever shows up. We are hoping that as word gets out we will have a bigger crowd, Llewellyn said.
For more information contact the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.