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Storytime at Fort Collins Nursery (June 29)

    • Bring your kiddos to Fort Collins Nursery on June 29 for some summer-reading fun!

      We’re excited to bring back our Storytime event as a three-part series. Three wonderful groups of local children’s book authors and illustrators will be on-site to read the fabulous stories they have created. We’ll gather on our outdoor patio, nestled along the banks of Dry Creek and the Cache la Poudre River and surrounded by beautiful plants, trees and wildlife. These FREE events will also feature fun crafts and activities for the children and a fundraiser for Children’s Speech & Reading Center. Books will be for sale by The Crowded Bookshelf and can also be purchased in advance here.

      Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for additional seating. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome!

      June 29 Event Features

      Lynn Becker

      Featured Story:
      MONSTERS IN THE BRINY. Written by Lynn Becker & illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press).

      What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune, of course! Following the sea shanty rhyme of What Do You Do With…, a ship’s crew of sailors has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking crew knows just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead to sharing an umbrella to keep the rain away. But what happens when the sailors have had enough?


      Julie Rowan-Zoch

      Featured Story:
      NOT ALL SHEEP ARE BORING! Written by Bobby Moynihan & Illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch.

      “Rowan-Zoch creates a fluffy mutton cast with amusing mannerisms and accoutrements for an effect that’s decidedly not boring.” – Publishers Weekly


      Laura Resau

      Featured Story:
      Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest. Written by Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau & illustrated by Vanessa Jaramillo.

      Co-authored with Kichwa leader Patricia Gualinga, this inspiring picture book shows how her Pueblo of Sarayaku defended their sacred forest home from an invading oil company . . . and won! The gorgeous watercolor illustrations were painted by the Ecuadorian artist Vanessa Jaramillo. Available in English and Spanish versions.


      Michelle Schaub

      Featured Story:
      Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. Written by Michelle Schaub & illustrated by Amy Huntington.

      Spend a day at the farmers’ market with food, fun, and a fresh harvest. Through eighteen lively poems, follow the adventures of two new friends and their canine companions as they discover how much there is to love at the market.


      Karla Cribari (Poudre Library Youth Services Librarian)
      Poudre Library Youth Services Librarian Karla Cribari will give a presentation on their Summer Adventure program and will discuss the registration process and completion prizes, pass out reading logs and answer questions. Time permitting she will also read a picture book from the Poudre Libraries collection.

      Poudre Libraries Summer Adventure
      The Poudre Libraries annual Summer Reading Challenge is now Summer Adventure! The name change reflects their goal to create lifelong readers and learners. They want participants to experience our summer activities not just as tasks to be checked off, but as adventures all on their own! Goals and aspirations are certainly important – and many readers love to set a reading goal each summer – but most importantly, they want their participants to experience the joy of a great book, a brain-tickling discovery, or a new friend.


      The Crowded Bookshelf
      The Crowded Bookshelf is a pop-up bookshop offering a curated selection of books for all ages that aren’t likely to be found on the bestseller lists. They also carry an assortment of gift items for readers including bookmarks, notebooks, literary prints, and more. Follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be popping up next or visit their website where you can shop anytime. Instagram: @thecrowdedbookshelffc


      Children’s Speech & Reading Center
      Children’s Speech & Reading Center is dedicated to developing and providing innovative, high quality, affordable speech-language services to all children in Northern Colorado who experience speech, language, or reading delays. The Center’s services for communication disorders improve the independence, self-respect, and quality of life of children and their families. Their therapists are certified to provide treatment that builds communication skills affected by a variety of childhood disorders including autism, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, apraxia, articulation disorders, hearing impairment, learning disabilities and other development disorders.