COLUMBIA — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander visited the Columbia Public Library on Friday morning in celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Kander signed up for a new library card and toured the library. At the end of the tour, he read to a group of about 20 children and parents at "Toddler Time," the library's story time for children ages 2 and older.
"Wow, you kids are pretty excited to have a politician here," Kander said in response to the blank stares of the toddlers. "You've probably been talking about it all week."
Since becoming secretary of state in January, Kander has been living in Columbia during the week and spending weekends with his wife and 3-week-old son at their home in Kansas City. The family plans to move permanently to Columbia this weekend.
Kander is most looking forward to "having my new family here with me," he said. "And football Saturdays."
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