Fire­fly Book­store hosts Sun­day sto­ry­times

July 16 read­ings by Kevin McCloskey, au­thor of ‘We Dig Worms’ and ‘Some­thing’s Fishy’

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Fire­fly Book­store in Kutz­town will be host­ing sto­ry­times with lo­cal au­thors on Sun­days in July, or­ga­nized by Kutz­town High School stu­dent Olivia Sica.

“I re­cently started in­tern­ing here as an event or­ga­nizer and my first project is in­tro­duc­ing a chil­dren’s story time here on Sun­days,” said Sica. “We’ll be fea­tur­ing some lo­cal au­thors like Kevin McCloskey to come and read to the kids, and on the weeks where we won’t fea­ture au­thors I’ll be the one in­tro­duc­ing the kids to great new chil­dren’s books and some time-tested clas­sics.”

Sto­ry­times are Sun­days from 2 to 3 p.m.

Kevin McCloskey, Kutz­town, will be the fea­tured au­thor on July 16 with Glow­bug Story Hour with a free pub­lic read­ing along with his wife “Mama Patt.” McCloskey is the au­thor of three Toon Books, “We Dig Worms!,” “The Real Poop on Pi­geons,” and new for 2107 “Some­thing’s Fishy.” He teaches art and de­sign at Kutz­town Univer­sity.

“We’re hop­ing to draw a wide age group of both kids and fam­i­lies,” said Sica.

“We’re pretty happy that Olivia is tak­ing the lead on this project,” said Matthew Wil­liams, co-owner of Fire­fly Book­store. “We’re happy to fi­nally be able to add more events to our sched­ule, but it would have been harder to do with­out the ef­forts of Olivia Sika. Even though she’s only with us for the sum­mer, her en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm will be key to get­ting a reg­u­lar story time event off the ground.”

Wil­liams said story time has been an of­ten-re­quested event by reg­u­lars. At their pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion, he said there was sim­ply no real space to hold such an event. With their move to 271 West Main, they now have a ded­i­cated area for chil­dren’s book events, in­clud­ing story hour.

“The idea of read­ing as a fun­da­men­tal part of chil­dren’s lives and the ben­e­fits this brings has been long un­der­stood. Chil­dren who are read to are more likely to learn to read sooner, and with bet­ter com­pre­hen­sion,” said Wil­liams. “Any time a li­brary or book store can join this ef­fort can only be pos­i­tive for the com­mu­nity. For the chil­dren it’s fan­tas­tic way to dis­cover books that are hoped to be­come fa­vorites, ones they will re­mem­ber all their lives and pass on.”

Sto­ry­times connect lo­cal au­thors to lo­cal read­ers.

“We re­ally want to be a space for au­thors and read­ers to come to­gether. This area has a wealth of chil­dren’s book au­thors and are look­ing for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing them to our cus­tomers,” he said. “As the pro­gram grows, we will be able to add to our sched­ule lo­cal au­thors that will come not only to share their books, but ac­tiv­i­ties as well. “

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SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mamma Patt McCloskey and Kevin McCloskey with Kevin’s book “The Real Poop on Pi­geons!” They will be read­ing at a July 16 sto­ry­time held at Fire­fly Book­store in Kutz­town.

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