Stephen Colbert opens reading weekend for Montclair Public Library Foundation

Little Read - Stephen in the Chair - Alexander Pais for The Star-Ledger

Yay — I was hoping we’d see a write-up of this back when I heard the rumor that Stephen was involved in the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s Little Read program. And the good folks at did one better by adding photos, what fun!


Stephen Colbert helps Montclair kick off reading weekend
By Nic Corbett/For The Star-Ledger
October 02, 2009, 4:10PM
MONTCLAIR — A mild-mannered but playful Stephen Colbert clumsily climbed aboard the 7-foot-tall, Seussian armchair in the lobby of Montclair’s main public library.

“Fantastic,” joked the political satirist. “I wish they had a bigger chair.”

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A Montclair resident and father, Colbert read “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf to help kick off the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s weekend-long read-a-thon, The Little Read. Nearly 200 Montclair residents – parents, authors, local politicians, journalists and school officials — signed up to read aloud at one of 11 sites around the township, including a planetarium, an art museum and a fire station.

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Find out more about Stephen’s reading here

You can find out more about The Little Read here: I think that second picture of Stephen in the midst of his reading is also really cute.

And, of course, it’s a great thing for those lucky kids. I hope Little Read is a big success — a love of reading is a wonderful, wonderful thing.


  1. Jasmine (Yatzi) says:

    that is so adorable! he looks like a wee child himself. I love it when he does such nice things for the community. Makes me even more proud to be his fangirl!

  2. That is adorable. Him in that giant chair in nice clothes.
    Then I went to the site and listened to him read that book. I want him to read to me now. Not “Stephen” like with the audio book. Just Stephen. I’m sure it would be wonderful.

  3. The magic of story telling will never die.

  4. What a great guy and wonderful gesture on his part once again – certainly the biggest Hero amongst his Nation of Heroes.

  5. MaryLovesColbert says:

    This is so unbelievably sweet. Every time he does something like this, I love him more. And now he’s promoting my favorite thing of all – reading! :)

  6. A very sweet picture and very cool of him to do this. :)

  7. I STILL love being read to aloud! Thanks, Stephen!

  8. Stephen in that big red chair is adorable, and oh so sweet. God bless for taping this and posting it so we could all feel like we were there.

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