With the release of the film "Mary Poppins Returns" and the program Delta County Reads in full swing, the long-beloved character, Mary Poppins, is making appearances at libraries across the county.
Delta County Reads is a program that brings the community together to read a book and then watch the corresponding film. Delta County Libraries, along with the Blue Sage Literary Committee and the Paradise Theatre, have expanded the program each year since it began in Paonia 2016.
In its first year as a countywide program, Delta County Reads features the book "Mary Poppins" by PL Travers and the film "Mary Poppins Returns." Library patrons who check out the book between March 1 and April 18 will receive a free pass to see the film at the Paradise Theatre in April.
In order to encourage participation, Delta County Libraries is offering additional programs to engage young readers.
On Saturday, March 9, children came to Paonia Library for a Mary Poppins story and kite-building craft, all led by staff member Audry Haws as Mary Poppins herself. Across the county, libraries are offering similar programs.
"Staff are really excited about this opportunity," says Adriana Chavira, manager of Paonia and Delta libraries. "And so are the kids! To see their faces when they meet Mary Poppins ... it is priceless."
Overall, it is a rewarding program for the community to embrace and offers all the makings for a fun transition into spring: free movie tickets, fun stories and crafts at the libraries, and a delightful reading opportunity for all ages.
For more information, contact your local library or visit the website, www.deltalibraries.org.