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Bismarck Librarian Makes Story Time Special for Kids

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Miss Sparkles shines when she's reading to kids.

Jana Maher has always had a fascination with glitter, so when she was hired by the library to run story time Miss Sparkles naturally appeared.

"I want this room to feel like it's a magical room," says Maher. "You walk through those doors and it's just twenty-five minutes of magic."

Each week more than 500 children show up for story time. Miss Sparkles ignites kids' imaginations and puts smiles on their faces because she makes characters in books come alive.

"My favorite part is seeing the looks on their faces, I get greeted everyday with hugs, kisses and gifts," says Maher.

Sometimes Miss Sparkles leaves kids speechless.

Singing, dancing, drumming and even puppets often help tell stories.

"There was an elephant, monkey, panda and a panther, I think it was," says Maher.

Story time at the library has become so popular its expanded to nine sessions a week.

"Miss Sparkles isn't just someone who reads, she has become a huge celebrity to these kids," says Maher. "Every week I feel like I'm part of their family. I get Christmas cards and goodies."

Miss Sparkles instills a love of books in children, but her enthusiasm also radiates to parents.

"She inspires all of us. She inspires me as an adult to love reading, and she makes it fun for all of us," says parent Lacie Maisey.

Fun along with a magical performance worthy of applause.

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