Recent visitors to the Delta Library may have noticed some unusual closures in the last week, resulting in a wonderful transformation. The children's area closed after story time last Wednesday as books were moved, shelves painted, bins created, and the whole room changed to become more welcoming and friendly for the youngsters of Delta.
The project, a longtime dream of district library director Lea Hart and other Delta Library staff, was generously donated by the Delta Kiwanis Club as a legacy project. Delta Kiwanis president Kylynn Wilson explains, "A legacy project is one that will have a lasting impact on your community. This project won't last a lifetime, but it will leave an impact on the children of our community for several years." Wilson describes how Kiwanis members selected the Delta Library as the recipient of the legacy project because "Kiwanis serves children and we thought, what better way to serve the children of Delta than through the library?"
The Delta Library is not the only recipient of Kiwanis generosity this year. Wilson refers to partnerships with the school district to offer awards and scholarships, as well as Kiwanis events that help area children during the winter holidays. She says, "Our annual poker tournament and our barbecue at Cleland Park during Deltarado Days are our two biggest fundraisers that allow us to do what we do."
In addition to the $2,500 Delta Kiwanis Club has donated, the Delta Library project has also received support from Delta Cabinet Company, which will be making book bins, a matching grant from Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis International Foundation and $2,000 from Walmart.
The timing of the project, which is on the cusp of the summer reading program, was not an accident. Hart explains, "We wanted to have this done before summer really gets going, because we expect a lot of use all summer long. We have all rolled up our sleeves and put in some hard work to make it happen in time."
Delta children's librarian Mary Saunders has talked to numerous parents about the changes. "Parents and staff are excited to see color on our walls and shelves.Each section will have its own color identity. When these kids grow up and think back on their library, I'd like them to remember a colorful and exciting place, not a dull basement."
Saunders continues, "I really want to thank Kiwanis for all of their amazing teamwork, consulting with us to pick out colors that match what we have in mind, and going above and beyond to make this project succeed." She points out that Kiwanis members have not only donated money for the project, but are actually in the library doing the work alongside library staff.
"I am so pleased that Kiwanis stepped up to do this for us," Hart emphasizes. "It makes me understand the library really is valued in our community, and, as a library director, that is about the best feeling in the world."