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Posted on: January 3, 2020

New monthly Stories and Shares storytime program for all ages begins Jan. 25


A new monthly storytime program being offered by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District beginning in late January is a great ‘first step’ for children interested in creative drama and acting. 

This program is called Stories and Shares and is for ages two to 50. Each month, participants will explore a different favorite children’s story, and then get a chance to act it out. Stories will include “Pete the Cat,” “Goodnight Moon,” and “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” 

“Stories and Shares is unique in that it provides an opportunity for parent and child engagement. “Children participants will get to have an age-appropriate story read to them and then have the opportunity to act said story out on their feet, going on a ‘story journey’ facilitated by an experienced teaching artist,” said Theatre and Performing Arts Coordinator Elena Stephenson. “In addition to parent and child engagement, we want children to be able to explore characters and settings from the chosen book creatively and freely.”

To find this program in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under preschool and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “theater.” 

The next Stories and Shares program will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for one 45-minute program is $5 per person and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 28185.

Other upcoming Stories and Shares programs this season will take place on: Feb. 15 (course ID 28186), March 28 (28187), and April 11 (28188).

Printed copies of the My JCPRD Activities catalog are available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. 

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