Pre-Schoolers, Commissioner Share Circle Time at St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at CSM


Charles County Commissioner Graves Reads Favorite Books

An elusive cat, an inquisitive monkey and a pesky mosquito claimed center stage during morning circle time at the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at the College of Southern Maryland recently when Celebrity Reader and Charles County Commissioner Sam Graves shared some favorite books with its pre-schoolers.

Recalling how his two daughters, now ages 28 and 26, enjoyed reading with him each evening as they grew up, Graves sat among the two dozen 3- and 4-year-olds as he read his daughters’ favorites of “Curious George Rides A Bike” by H.A. Rey, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” by Verna Aardema and “Pet Show” by Ezra Jack Keats. “Pets are important for kids to help them learn to care for something other than themselves, to have the responsibility to nurture it, feed it and play with it,” Graves said.

As he turned pages, Graves asked the pre-schoolers what they expected to happen next in the story or what various words meant. “Reading is very important. Everything you learn you need to read about. You learn new things, travel around the country and see things you might not otherwise see,” he said. As he finished the morning’s final pages, Graves asked, “Do me a favor and when you go home today and ask your mommies and daddies to read you a book tonight. Tell them, ‘Sam said, please read a book to me.'”

He also noted that the Charles County Early Care and Education Team is hosting an Early Childhood Fair, noon to 3 p.m., May 2 at Regency Stadium, Waldorf. “It’s an opportunity to connect parents and grandparents with child care providers, experts from the field, and organizations that work with children and families together in Charles County. The goal is to have our children ready by the age 5 to learn,” said Graves. The afternoon will include face painting, storytellers, games, refreshments and more. For information, visit

The St. Charles Children’s Learning Center at CSM features Celebrity Readers throughout the year. Providing quality childcare and a safe learning environment for the children of students, faculty, staff and community, the center is currently enrolling students for its summer day camp, for ages 2 through 12. For information, visit