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Grover Museum, library collaborate to tell stories

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Local children will have the opportunity to hear stories while visiting Grover Museum this weekend as part of a weekly reading event that will run until early September.

The event is called “Saturday Stories,” a collaboration between the museum and the Shelby County Public Library meant to promote reading for elementary-age children.

The first Saturday Stories gathering will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the school house in the Streets of Old Shelby exhibit. Volunteers from a variety of organizations from around the county will sit down and read to children in grades kindergarten through fifth.

Saturday Stories will be held at the same time every Saturday throughout the summer and into the school year, with the final weekend scheduled for Sept. 7.

Saturday’s volunteers will be from the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter.

Kris Browder will be reading a “Pete the Cat” story and kittens will be available for children to visit. June is National Adopt a Cat Month.

Other activities will be available aside from the stories, Grover Director Alex Krach said.

“All of the readings count toward their summer reading goals,” he said.

Other groups and individuals who are expected to participate in future Saturday Stories events include Mayor Tom DeBaun, the Shelbyville Police Department, the Shelbyville Fire Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Purdue Extension and Chef Ricca Macklin.

“We wanted different voices in the county reading stories and connecting with the kids,” Krach said.