More than 1,300 first graders descended upon the Laramie County Library System on May 17th 2016 to listen to tales of lore, humor, silliness and fun. The students were arranged by class throughout all floors of the library—and each group had a volunteer storyteller that hand-chose stories for their groups. Children were encouraged to participate, yelling out answers to questions (like “Who is going to make this flour into bread?” from The Little Red Hen).
After listening to a story, each child received one of six books, chosen by the Sue Jorgensen Foundation. The 2016 book choices were:
- If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON’T by Elise Parsley
- The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
- Dewey Bob by Judy Schachner
- 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Ofill and Nancy Carpenter
- Joone by Emily Kate Moon
- That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems
The students also walked over to the Cheyenne Civic Center to watch two skits—one performed by students from East High School, and one about Summer Reading Celebration 2016 performed by staff and volunteers from Laramie County Library System.
Wyoming Reads is made possible by The Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation, and was created in 1996 to benefit libraries and advance the cause of childhood literacy in Wyoming.
The photos below are a sneak peak at the various student groups at the library today.