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Different venue this year for annual Books and Breakfast events

Apr 26, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

Pancakes, eggs, books and exceptionally large animal costumes -- it's time again for the Riverton Kiwanis Club's annual page-turner and stomach-filler.

The Books and Breakfast event for families and their children runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the St. Margaret's School gym, 220 N. Seventh St. East, a different location from previous years.

Curious George will entertain the children this year, and The Ranger's own "Daily" also plans to attend.

Aside from the minor adjustments, organizers say attendees can expect all the great activities and fun from previous events to continue with this year's gathering.

"Everybody gets a free book, and everybody gets a full breakfast," said Chris Jones, one of the event organizers with the Riverton Kiwanis Club.

Also, a healthy supply of free used children's books will be available, thanks to Friends of the Library, Meadowlark Books in Riverton and the Kiwanis school clubs: K Kids, Builders Club and Key Club.

"We should have a large selection," Jones said. "Kids should go home with plenty of new reading material -- and a full tummy."

Kiwanis plans a station where adults will be reading to children and a create-your-own book station where children can use pre-made books with blank pages to create their own stories. They design the cover and develop their own content.

"It's really a lot of fun," Jones said. "Last year it was so much fun, we got rid of the stack of premade books, so it was a great and well-attended spot."

The breakfast event is geared for children in grades K-3 and is part of Kiwanis' effort to promote literacy.

"Kiwanis Club has been reading to schools in the Riverton and surrounding areas, including out at Arapahoe, St. Stephen's and Shoshoni," Jones said.

"The idea is to obviously promote literacy, and the event itself is an opportunity to bring families together," he said.

Books and Breakfast also offers plenty for the adults who will attend.

"There will also be some resource tables up there -- community resources about literacy programs, learning programs, child well-being programs -- so we'll have those people up there that day," Jones said.

And adults can get a

that when filled by visiting the various resource tables available, they can enter a drawing to win a wagon "filled with all sorts of wonderful kids' goodies," Jones said.

Golden K members will supply all the breakfast goodies, as in years past, for hungry attendees.

"It is a free morning," Jones said. "Just come with an appetite and a desire to learn more about reading."

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