The Delta County Libraries and the Delta Family Resource Center have joined forces to deliver books to 4-year-olds throughout the county as part of National Library Week and Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia’s One Book 4 Colorado initiative.
Started in 2012, the One Book 4 Colorado Program was design to promote reading and literacy to pre-K children and their families by providing a book to 4-year-olds throughout the state free of charge. The 2013 book giveaway, “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon, was a huge success. According the Colorado Department of Education, 74,000 copies of the book were distributed throughout the state. In Delta County, over 400 books were given away to 4-year-olds through the libraries.
“The One Book program has been a huge success in Delta County. We have been able to provide books to families, and raise awareness among parents regarding the necessity of reading to their children,” said library district director Annette Choszczyk. “Many people do not realize the positive impact of reading to children.” Numerous studies have demonstrated the impact that reading to children has on their future success. These studies range from the Department of Education to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation Development (OECD). The OECD recently finished a 14-country study which proved that reading to children can help them rise above the socio-economic issues that they may be subject to, and often times gives them the skills necessary to break the poverty cycle that plagues many struggling families.
In order to celebrate the fun of reading aloud, the library held special storytimes throughout Delta County. This year’s book is “Grumpy Bird” by Jeremy Tankard. It is a story about a bird that woke up so grumpy that he could not eat, play or even fly. He ends up realizing that being grumpy affects everyone around him, and he finds joy in his friends. Events have been held at both libraries and schools, with the last two events taking place at the Crawford and Delta libraries April 24 and 26 respectively.
“Preschoolers and parents really enjoyed the storytimes. We are hoping that these children learn the joys of reading, and the excitement we generated will carry over to our summer reading programs,” said program and outreach manager Di Herald. This year’s summer reading program will be focused on science, technology and math. The children’s program will be called “Fizz, Boom, Read.”