The Mid-Continent Public Library Boardwalk Branch had a special visitor for children's storytime on Wednesday.
Princess Belle stopped by to read, sing and dance with children. The Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performing at the Starlight Theatre July 13-19.
“Whenever we can partner with local organizations, that’s great,” said Monica Milliren, assistant manager of the Boardwalk branch. “We had a lot of kids here just to see Belle, and Belle got to read to them. Reading to the kids is one of those early literacy skills we love kids to have.”
Storytime happens at the library three times a week and ranges from baby storytime to preschool. The reading, playing and singing helps children develop the essential literacy skills that will help them learn.
“The ultimate goal is really to help kids read at grade level by the third grade because third grade is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” Milliren said.
Faith loves coming to storytime and was happy to have Belle read to her and the other children. Belle is her favorite princess because, Faith said, “I like her yellow dress.”
“This is where you get to read hundreds of books," said Corbin, who enjoys coming to the library.
For more information on programs at the Mid-Continent Public Libraries, visit their website.