Celebrate National Library Week with a Phone-A-Story by Councilman Paul Kashmann

You don’t need to leave your home to celebrate Library Week! Celebrate by dialing into Denver Public Library’s Phone-a-Story for an exciting storytime. Phone-a-Story offers stories, songs, and rhymes for different age groups and is available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Vietnamese!

This week, we have Denver City Council Member Paul Kashmann reading I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child. You can listen now through April 16 by dialing (720) 865-8500 and pressing 3.

Phone-A-Story Guest Star Profile
Councilman Paul Kashmann has represented Denver’s District 6 for the past eight years and is serving his third and final term. Advocating for children’s health, safety, and success is one of his top priorities, and he serves on several youth-oriented commissions including Healthy Food for Denver Kids and the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.

He is a proud parent of a blended group of five wonderful children and six grandchildren. Outside his work with the City Council, the Councilman enjoys running, golfing, hiking, reading, live music, and live theater. He and his guitar are in great demand for bedtime lullabies and campfire singalongs. 

More About the Featured Telephone Tale

Book cover to I will never not ever eat a tomato by Lauren Child featuring two children in the kitchen,
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child is about a fussy eater named Lola who refuses to eat just about anything that’s on her plate. With a little bit of imagination, she finds that some vegetables aren’t so bad after all. Councilman Kashmann chose this book because of his passion for children’s health and nutrition.

National Library Week Celebrates the Uniqueness of Libraries

What makes libraries so special? Councilman Kashmann believes it’s the vast amount of free and open information available to everyone. It's true! The Denver Public Library offers access to resources and information with its community programming, research databases, and even opportunities to try technology like laser cutters in DPL’s ideaLAB maker spaces. Whatever you are looking for, you may be surprised to find that the Denver Public Library has something to help you accomplish your goal!

Of course, the library is still full of books and encourages literacy development in children. The Councilman distinctly remembers some of his first favorite books: one on a football kicker, which he read at his grandparents' Florida home, and a biography of Betsy Ross.

Are you looking for more children's books like the one the Councilman read? Take a look at this list of similar titles below:

Book cover for the title I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed by Lauren Child. The cover shows a young girls playing with her brother holding a toothbrush.
I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed by Lauren Child.

Charlie helps Lola get ready for bed, despite the tigers, whales, and other animals that serve as obstacles

Book cover for the title Rah, rah, radishes! : a vegetable chant by April Pulley Sayre. The cover features peppers, artichoke, carrots and radishes.
Rah, Rah, Radishes! : a Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre.

Know any kids who don't like veggies? Here is a book that's sure to change their hungry minds! With a raucous, rhyming text, Rah, Rah, Radishes! celebrates fresh vegetables, nature's bright colors, and the joy of healthy eating. The book's interactive spirit encourages kids to join in on the read-aloud fun, and little ones won't be able to resist the book's vibrant photographs--they're a feast for the eyes! 

Book cover for the title, Potato pants! by Laurie Keller. On the cover a potato with face has an anxious expression. There are other potatoes in the background putting on pants.
Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller.

Potato is very excited to buy a pair of pants on sale at Lance Vance's Fancy Pants Store, but when he sees Eggplant, who pushed him the day before, he is afraid to go in.

Book cover for the title, A Few Bites, by Cybèle Young. The cover shows food shaped in the form of some letters and child on top of the words, playing.
A Few Bites, by Cybèle Young

When her brother Ferdie would rather play than eat, Viola spins a tale about how dinosaurs ate broccoli to escape predators and carrots provide alien super-vision, an effort repaid when Viola is tired and Ferdie presents a surprise.

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