It was a special day Friday at the Stephenville Public Library when Congressman Mike Conaway read to children at the weekly story time.

“His office contacted me and said he loved to read to children,” said library director Mary Meredith. “I was impressed that he would take time out of his very busy schedule to read to the kids.”

Conaway has traveled to all 29 counties he represents reading to children and participating in other activities.

“My mother was kind of ahead of her time, she read to me extensively and loved the idea of 1,000-book children starting school — so if they had a 1,000 books read to them, they do better,” Conaway said. “I grew up with that model, so reading to kids is a big deal. There’s a certain innocence and it’s just fun. It’s fun to be able to interact with them.”

Conaway read two patriotic books, including “Woodrow, The White House Mouse.”

“Given my role in congress, I try to tie that in,” Conaway said about the books he chose.

Conaway is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a native Texan who graduated from Odessa Permian High School and Texas A&M University Commerce, and served in the Army.

He and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and seven grandchildren.