During a time when many people are looking for a positive message and kindness to cope with daily stress and challenges of life, PBS Fort Wayne is pleased to share with kids and parents a weekly respite Thursdays at 11:00AM with  “Notable Neighbor” local celebrity read-alongs on our Facebook page.

The series is designed to encourage reading and introduce area children to a number of books in a fun way: By having local “notable neighbors” read their favorite children’s book.

Readers are chosen not so much for their level of fame within the Fort Wayne area, but for their good deeds or standing in the community and the impact they could have on a young child, inspiring them to read, too. Notable readers featured in the future could be firefighters, doctors, teachers, artists, writers, parents, grandparents, coaches, and people from every walk of life.

Enjoy our most recent Notable Neighbor Read Along!

Upcoming Local Celebrity Readers!

October 1: Lisa Czechowski, U.S.A. Goalball Paralympic Athlete – Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, reading “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” by Anna Dewdney

Jack Hammer

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Jack Hammer, Executive Director, Three Rivers Festival: reading “Somebody Love You Mr. Hatch”  by Eileen Spinelli

Brandy Miller, RN

Jeff Ormiston, Education Outreach, Allen County Parks & Recreation, Fox Island County Park, reading “McElligot’s Pool” by Dr. Seuss

Rochele Watson, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry,  reading “It’s Raining Pups and Dogs!”  by Jeanne Prevost

Jim Anderson, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, reading “Just Dog” by Hiawyn Oram

Kelly Updike, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre, reading “Amandina” by Sergio Ruzzier

Brandy Miller, Director of Surgical Services, Southwest Surgical Suites, reading “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton

Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson,  News Anchor, Fort Wayne’s NBC, reading “Miss Twiggley’s Tree” by Dorothea Warren Fox

Cory Balkenbusch, Quartermaster/Sgt., Historic Fort Wayne, reading “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Anderson

Lindsay Navarre, Dancer, Fort Wayne Ballet, reading  “Max” by Rachel Isadora

Michael Limmer, Vice President Marketing & Promotion, Fort Wayne TinCaps, and Johnny TinCap, reading “Goodnight Baseball” by Michael Dahl

Caen MacAddis, (aka Kip Lytle), Woodwright, Historic Old Fort Wayne reading “The Woman Who Named Things” by Cynthia Rylant

Terra Brantley, News Anchor WANE Newschannel 15, reading “From Acorns to Oak Trees” by Charles Cush

Kevin Hughes, Recreation Director, Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, reading “Goodnight Hockey” by Michael Dahl

Mandy Drakeford, MA, APR Executive Director, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, reading “Guess how Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney

Jessica Henry, Executive Director Allen County SPCA, reading  “Buddy Unchained” by Daisy Bix

PBS Fort Wayne’s Notable Neighbor Celebrity Read Along series is sponsored in part by