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Kiwanis transform kids' area at the Delta Library

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Photo by Pat Sunderland Delta County Libraries district director presents a plaque to Ellen Michelson and fellow Kiwanis members GW King, Susan Welk-Valdez, Josh Applegate, Steve Glammeyer, Jesse Messenger and James Conley. Also pictured are youth service

It's amazing what a little paint can do. The children's area at the Delta Library has gone from "blah" to "wow" with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Delta.

Last spring, club members undertook a community service project to transform the children's area in the lower level of the library into a friendly, welcoming spot. They moved books, painted walls, added color to the shelves and purchased child-size furnishings. Delta Cabinet Company built bins at a perfect height for kids to thumb through the books, which are arranged facing out so they can see every cover. Slide-out drawers double storage capacity. The red, green and yellow shelves are color-coded according for reading ability.

Time and money for the project was contributed as a legacy project. Kylynn Wilson, who was club president at the time, explained in a previous article, "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 kids' faces lit up when they saw what a welcoming spot you'd created," library manager Adriana Chavira told the Kiwanis last week. Chavira, youth services librarian Mary Saunders and district director Lea Hart hosted a reception to thank the Kiwanis for their efforts.

Steve Glammeyer is now club president. He says the success of the library renovation has inspired club members to tackle additional legacy projects. "We're dedicating funds annually to do projects like this," he said.

Library staff members worked alongside the Kiwanis volunteers to help get the project done before the summer reading program was launched.

"I am so pleased that Kiwanis stepped up to do this for us," Hart said. "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."

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