The annual Read Across America event at the Shawnee Early Childhood Center took place last Friday.  Twenty five volunteers read to students and presented each one a new book generously provided through a grant from the Junior Service League.  Volunteer readers included Representative Dell Kerbs, Shawnee Public School Board Member April Stobbe, and Police Corporal Vivian Lozano-Stafford.  Members from City of Shawnee, Shawnee Fire Department, Shawnee Police Department,  Junior Service League, Pioneer Library System staff, Shawnee Friends of the Library, and Shawnee Middle School book club also read to students.  Other sponsors for the event were the Shawnee Friends of the Library, Pi Beta Phi Philanthropic Organization and the Pioneer Library Foundation.