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GB Reading Initiative is in full swing
Watch ‘Charlotte’s Web’ at the library
Students from Riley Elementary School smile with “Wilbur” and the books they are reading during the Great Bend Reading Initiative, which continues through February 17. - photo by Photos courtesy of Great Bend USD 428

By now, most young readers know the story of “Charlotte’s Web,” the classic book by E.B. White. Great Bend USD 428 launched its 2022 Great Bend Reading Initiative on Jan. 4, making sure every family with children in grades K-6 had a copy of the book and a schedule for reading “Charlotte’s Web” and participating in related community and school activities. Each student received a GB Reads kit containing a book, calendar of events, Community Scavenger Hunt, and their first PIG Board.

The goal of the GB Reading Initiative is to encourage families to read together.

Families were encouraged to read together at home and post pictures on social media with the hashtag #GBReads. 

PIG boards are similar to BINGO cards, with questions and activities for each week. When students return a completed PIG board to their school library, they receive a small prize and a chance to vote for a teacher or staff member at their school to kiss a pig on Valentine’s Day.

Next week, Great Bend High School theater students will present a “Charlotte’s Web” play at each of the district’s five elementary schools and the citywide scavenger hunt will wrap up with winners drawn at each building on Thursday.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ at the library

The Great Bend Public Library will present two movie versions of “Charlottes Web” this week. The library will show both the animated and live-action movies based on the book. Enjoy the free movies with popcorn and treats.

The 1973 version of the movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 as an interactive event. Help the library staff bring the classic movie to life with props and fun! The movie runtime is 1 hour 34 minutes.

The library will show the 2006 live-action version of “Charlotte’s Web” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 12. Runtime is 1 hour 34 minutes.

Also, check out Great Bend Public Library’s “Charlotte’s Web” display featuring similar books that children might enjoy, and participate in hands-on activities and crafts related to the book during the reading initiative.