Firefly Bookstore hosts Sunday storytimes
July 16 readings by Kevin McCloskey, author of ‘We Dig Worms’ and ‘Something’s Fishy’
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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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.