Kiwanis joins library in book-reading program
Lansing Kiwanis are doing their part for Children's Book Week, Nov. 14-20.
The club donated 10 copies of "No Matter What," a children's picture book by Debi Gliori, to kindergarten and first-grade classes at Lansing Elementary School and to Lansing Community Library.
The books tie into the state's "Read To a Tot No Matter What" campaign to have the book read to 226,453 children, or every newborn to 5-year-old in Kansas.
An event last week featuring the book marked the occasion: Vikki Jo Stewart, special projects coordinator for the Kansas State Library, read the book Nov. 9 to a small audience at Lansing Community Library. The reading was captured on videotape for broadcast on LGTV, Channel 2.
Stewart said "No Matter What" was chosen for the statewide project by a group of children's librarians and consultants, who pored over many titles before deciding on Gliori's book.
"This one had the message we wanted for our first," Stewart said. "It had a good message of love."
The campaign marks the first One Book, One State project for the state, in which one book is chosen to represent all storybooks for children.
Lansing Kiwanis member Gene Young said Kiwanis International put an emphasis on projects for children from birth to age 5, so the group's book donation, just before National Children's Book Week, fit perfectly with that mission.
Gliori, the author and illustrator of "No Matter What," will appear from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Kansas City, Kan., Public Library at Indian Springs, 4601 State Ave. Gliori will write a story with the help of children in attendance.
The state library's Web site describes "No Matter What" as an "endearing picture book" about unconditional love. Its characters are Small, who is feeling grim and grumpy, and Large, who reassures Small that he is loved.