by Kristin CasaleReporterStow -- The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library plans to do its part to encourage children to read by hosting a special storytime.The facility is one of many libraries around the country that will participate in "This City Reads" Feb. 14. The national program asks individuals to read for 30 minutes, and library staff members plan to help with the program's goal by hosting a children's reading event that day.At 10:30 a.m., children between the ages of 3 and 6 are invited to listen to stories read by Munroe Falls Mayor Frank Larson and Stow Mayor Karen Fritschel in the upstairs meeting room, according to Lydia Gamble, head of the library's children's department. She said several City Councilmembers are expected to read stories to those who attend the event, but Gamble was unable to specify who the Councilmembers are and the cities in which they reside. The library has participated in "This City Reads" for a number of years, she said, stating staff members always look forward to the event."We have had several variations [on the program], but this is the third year we're doing it [with guests]," said Gamble. "It's wonderful, and the kids always have a wonderful time, especially with the mayors coming. It's nice to have celebrity readers."Approximately 85 children attended last year's event, she said, stating staff members hope for similar attendance this year.Gamble said she always enjoys participating in "This City Reads."I like the fact that everybody is trying to do it," she said. "For that half-hour, it's nice to try to get everybody to stop and take a break."Gamble said while the children are listening to stories during the event, their parents can relax in the library's periodical area from 10 a.m. until noon.For more information, call the children's department at 330-688-3295. Registration is not required to attend.Those who cannot attend the library's program Feb. 14 can participate in "This City Reads" on their own. Individuals can pledge to read for half an hour on the program's Web site,, or by picking up a reading form at the library, located at 3512 Darrow Road. E-mail: kcasale@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3917