The Kellin Foundation is holding two free story times in the coming months featuring books with themes that are meant to teach youngsters how to handle hardships.

The readings will be held at Wonderland Bookshop at 409 State St. in Greensboro.  At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, the book “When Sadness is at your Door” by Eva Eland will be featured, and, on Thursday, Dec. 12, also at 10:30 a.m., the book will be “My Little Gifts” by Jo Witek.

Children between the ages of zero and five and their caregivers are invited to attend what’s meant to be an empowering experience for the kids. According to those putting on the story times, the books chosen are selected to “teach little minds how to be well and cope with difficult thoughts and emotions.”

The program is part of the Kellin Foundation’s “Spout’s” initiative, which is meant to promote “healthy social and emotional skills through readings and hands-on activities” for very young children.  Sprouts is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Caregivers can also receive free books by signing up for the new Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.  That’s offered free through the Guilford County Partnership for Children.