‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel’: Children read, chill during Storytime program

For storytime at the Ray County Library in Richmond on Monday, London Edelbrock, 4, reads from “Rapunzel” to her mother, Millie Edelbrock. (Photo by J.C. Ventimiglia/Richmond News)

By Jack ‘Miles’ Ventimiglia/Executive Editor

Rapunzel is not the only one who lets down her hair during Storytime at the Ray County Library, 215 E. Lexington St., Richmond.

Under the shiny eyes of dozens of stuffed, colorful animals arranged atop library shelves, including a blue elephant as large as a toddler, London Edelbrock, 4, is at ease. She walks to the section reserved for children, picks a favorite book and reads the classic fairytale, “Rapunzel,” to her mother, Millie Edelbrock.

Storytime offers something important for youngsters – an air-conditioned place during summer’s extreme heat to relax and learn. More than that, they have a chance to win prizes, childrens librarian Shelly James says.

“The parents register for the program and we calculate the number of minutes they read,” she says.

Prizes include gift certificates to McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Sonic and Richmond Shell, she says.

For details, call 776-5104.

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