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June Story Time session filled with fun, laughter and learningStory Time

June 5, 2013

At the final Story Time event of the school year, children were treated to a Story Timewonderful educational experience in multiple ways. After reading and discussing a story about cherishing and celebrating life's moments, the youngsters had the chance to interact with a dog and therapy cat.

Biscuit, the friendly Golden Retriever, received many hugs and kisses as he quietly greeted each attendee.

Gandolf, a professional therapy cat, was introduced by his trainer, Marilyn, who explained to the children that Gandolf's work included spending time with sick people - old and young - in hospitals and nursing homes in an effort to comfort them and make them smile.

After the fun-filled hour of learning, organizers Christine Wylie and Dana Taylor thanked the children for their ongoing participationChristine Wylie reads to attendees at the Story Time event and presented them each with a special Book Worm Award certificate. 

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Story Time was held from 11 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of the month beginning in February 2013, at the Read It Again Bookstore, 63 North Street in Monticello.

The Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County sponsored the free event for students in grades K-3.

For more information about the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County or to volunteer to teach someone how to read, please contact Christine Wylie at 845-742-8206.

For more information about pet therapy, contact Marilyn at Creature Comfort Pet Therapy at 551-804-0673 or

Photo right: Christine Wylie reads a Bill Cosby book.

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Photo: Children attending the June Story Time event with their Book Worm Award certificates.

May Story Time featured poetry

May 6, 2013

The theme for the May 4 Story Time event was poetry. Guest readers Dr. Richard Stein and and Skye Cutrupi prepared selections from a variety of books which included poems by Shel Siverstein.

Story Time in May

Story Time organizer Christine Wylie, Literacy Volunteers board member Marilyn Stein and retired veterinarian Richard Stein.

April Story Time focuses on our connection to the Earth

April 6, 2013

At the April Story Time event, children were treated to a special reading of "Save our Earth" (written by Ron Bacon and illustrated by Rodney McRae), which provided them with a deeper understanding of our connection to the planet on which we live.

The literary selection was chosen as part of the upcoming celebrations of Earth Day and Arbor Day, which respectively fall on April 22 and April 26 this year.

A special read-a-long followed with the classic children's book, "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" by Simms Taback.

KLR Elementary School speech therapist Dana Taylor and RJK Middle School literacy coach Christine Wylie were joined at the event by guest reader David O'Rourke, who is a sophomore at Monticello High School.

The day ended with yummy snacks and a discussion about the differences between fiction and non-fiction books.

April 6 Story Time event

Participants at the April 6 Story Time event held at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello.

Story Time event continues with costumed Dr. Seuss readingStory Time event at the Read it Again Bookstore

March 2, 2013

To add to the excitement of the March Story Time event at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello, guest reader Dana Taylor arranged a full-costumed birthday party in honor of Dr. Story Time blue cupcakesSeuss. The event had Ms. Taylor, who is a speech therapist at the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, clad as the well-known Seuss character, Thing 1.

After reading the Dr. Seuss classic "Bartholomew and the Oobleck," participants had a chance to create their own "oobleck" or green slime and share some blue-frosted cupcakes baked and donated by Robert J. Kaiser Middle School student Maredith Parks.

Some of the other costumed attendees at Seuss's birthday bash included a twin Thing 1, a couple of Thing 2's, a Cat in the Hat and a fatherly Dr. Seuss himself.

Event organizer Christine Wylie, dressed as Thing 2, was pleased at the turn-out of this new literacy-supportive event and welcomed the youngsters and parents on behalf of the Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County

KLR speech therapist Dana Taylor reads a Dr. Seuss book for the second gathering of the Story Time event.

Story Time event at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello

Participants at the March 2 Story Time event held at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello.

Inaugural Story Time event attracts more than a dozen local youths

February 2, 2013

If you think it is impossible for school children to be engaged in learning and excited about reading on a Saturday morning, you should stop by the new Story Time event at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello.

At the inaugural session on February 2, a dozen youngsters listened to stories and shared their thoughts and ideas with each other. While the adult volunteers read from a variety of books, some students got so enthusiastic about participating, they ended up taking turns reading selected passages.

“Story Time is a way to support literacy for community youngsters outside the school walls,” said Robert J. Kaiser Middle School literacy coach Christine Wylie, who is spearheading the new project. “It is a fun way to strengthen their reading skills.”

Story Time is partially funded by the Literacy Volunteers and SUNY Sullivan. The Leadership Sullivan class of 2012 helped raise money to furnish and renovate the story room as part of its graduation project. Monticello High School Key Club volunteers help oversee the children during the event.

Participants at the February 2, 2013 Story Time event

Participants at the February 2 Story Time event held at the Read it Again Bookstore in Monticello.