Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Children’s Bookstore Hopes to Encourage, Nurture Kids

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Children’s Bookstore Hopes to Encourage, Nurture Kids

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A children’s bookstore opening in NOTO hopes to encourage and nurture kid’s creative side.

Paper June, owned by Angie Grau, opens June 18 with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.

Following the ribbon cutting will be a reading of “Smothered in Ketchup” by Elizabeth VanHoutan and free art activities throughout the day.

Paper June, located at 927 N. Kansas Ave., will be two-fold, with one half being a bookstore and the second half serving as an art studio where classes will be taught. The bookstore will also host birthday parties.

The idea for Paper June, which is partly named after Grau’s mother who has passed away, started when Grau saw art studios and kid environments in other cities.

For Grau, she wanted to create a place that would offer art classes for kids after 5 p.m.

Grau’s daughter, Charlotte, really spurred the creative side in her, while her mom inspired the reading side.

“My desire for this continued to grow especially when Charlotte started kindergarten in 2017 and I learned she only has art once every two weeks for 30 to 45 minutes,” Grau said. “It was really sad because there is so little they can accomplish in that amount of time and so little that she will learn, and it was something that I know she loves and I wanted to nurture that in her and encourage it.”

Grau said she wants to show kids that it’s OK to be creative, and just because a kid taps into a creative side doesn’t mean it has to take away from another side, such as athletics.

“You can be smart and creative,” Grau said. “You can be a good athlete and creative. It’s not this mutually exclusive thing where you can only be one or the other.”

Grau, who personally selects all of the books that will be sold at the store, said she has learned a lot from her daughter about what kids look for in books.

Paper June will have books for kids preschool through middle school, as well as toys that focus on problem solving and being creative. …

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