AFARaleigh Civic Kids’ Story Hour Year in Review
It has been an exciting inaugural year of Civic Kids’ Story Hour! We have loved having community leaders reading and discussing important topics with our children throughout the year. Children’s books are a wonderful way to begin to teach progressive family values and to encourage children to be civically engaged in their communities. Along with every story hour, children have also had the opportunity to create crafts such as idea trees, prayer flags, and thank you notes to our nation’s veterans. A huge thank you to all the families who made this monthly event a huge success!
Here is a list of our readers and topics for 2017. We are looking forward to an amazing year of reading and learning in 2018!
North Carolina Senator Jay Chaudhuri discussed immigration. He read the books I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien and Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago.
Raleigh City Council Member-Elect Nicole Stewart discussed public transportation and acts of kindness. She read the book Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña.
Raleigh City Council Member Bonner Gaylord discussed friendship and inclusion. He read the book The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.
Raleigh City Council Member Corey Branch discussed leadership and civic engagement. He read the book What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada.
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane shared pictures and stories of her inspiring trip to India to meet His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The children were able to see and hold the prayer flags made by the people of Raleigh and blessed by His Holiness. She read the book Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire by Dharmachari Nagaraja.
Wake County School Board Member Roxie Cash celebrated our nation’s veterans and discussed their important roles in our communities. She read the book Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein.
BIG THANK YOU to local business owner Christine Brenner and her family for welcoming us at her beautiful children’s book and art shop, Read With Me.