On May 18, at locations throughout the county, Delta County Libraries sponsored Bike Day. Hundreds of people showed up in support of the event promoting bike safety and children's literacy.
Children were entertained by the reading of the book, "Duck on a Bike," then food was provided for the whole family. Local fire and police departments, 911 dispatch staff, and local EMTs taught bike, fire, 911 and car seat safety. The children also participated in a bike parade at each location, riding bikes through obstacle courses. Each family that came received a book for participating. Each 4-year-old received a copy of the featured book, "Duck on a Bike," which was donated by One Book for Colorado, an organization that is the result of collaboration among Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia's office, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, Colorado public libraries, private sector businesses, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. One Book for Colorado promotes early literacy throughout the state.
"It is rare today for the whole family to have the opportunity to listen to our local heroes talk about safety and also support literacy," said Christel Pretorius, outreach and literacy manager of Delta County Libraries, which organized the events. "The kids' eyes just light up when they hear a firefighter or police officer talk about what they should do in case of an emergency and then again when they have a book read to them with their parents at their side.
"I believe this event can truly impact the lives of those who participated." Director Annette Choszczyk agreed, "These are great venues to present two important topics to the whole family. It is not often that we can reach out to an entire family, and give a message regarding the importance of parental involvement in literacy and safety."
In the next few weeks, summer reading programs will begin at the local libraries, and all involved hope the excitement from this week will continue. "Getting kids excited about reading, is a challenge in the age of video games, iPods and television. Getting the whole family excited and involved is the only way that children will understand its importance," Lea Hart, regional manager, shared. "That is why summer reading programs are family events. There are activities for children, teens and adults and great incentives for participation. Some of the prizes include vacation packages and family excursions. Reading is truly about the whole family."blog comments powered by Disqus