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Jayce Simpson had fun browsing the children's area for books at Crawford Library after the June 7 kick-off party. Many families who come to the library for summer programs take advantage of the opportunity to browse for, checkout, and return books.

Hundreds of Delta County kids have already registered for the 2019 Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories."

"Our kick-off parties the week of June 3 were very well-attended," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries. "The good news is, those who missed out can still register for the program and join in the fun."

Now through the end of July, space-themed programs, stories, activities, games, treats, and incentives for reading are available for the entire family to enjoy. As the summer heats up, participants can cool off while learning about a variety of subjects, among them, black holes, designing a universe bookmark, launching a rocket, exploring the phases of the moon, and more.

"We also want the community to know that families can participate from home if they are unable to make it to the library for programs," says Hart. "And they still have the opportunity to earn a T-shirt and other prizes, like books and gift certificates."

Parents value the program because it encourages children to read while providing a positive social outlet when school is not in session.

Hotchkiss resident Katie Smith's daughter Rachel, 7, is participating in the program. "I love watching Rachel grow in her reading and how excited she is to complete her reading log," says Smith. "Rachel loves the programs every week and visiting all the nice people at the library."

Amy Crick, the Delta mother of twin toddler boys, appreciates having a reminder to integrate reading into summer activities.

"Our family, just like all families, is very busy in the summer time," says Crick. "Being part of summer reading reminds us to take books on all of our adventures. There is nothing more special than sitting by the camp fire with your children, reading under the stars, or hanging in a hammock on Grand Mesa diving into 'Pete the Cat' or the new Spider-Man adventures."

"This program is for everyone," says Hart. "Children, teens, and adults can register and participate in whatever way suits them."

Hart stresses the important role the community plays in making the program possible. "We are able to offer such an excellent program, with incentives for reading and no registration fees, in large part because of very generous community support. We are grateful that this year, Kiwanis International and Walmart, are major sponsors of the program."

Delta County residents of all ages are encouraged to register in person at one of the five libraries or online at www.deltalibraries.org. A full calendar of events is also available online.

Loni Bell enjoyed the “Little Ones” corner during the kick-off party in Hotchkiss on June 4. Younger participants enjoyed things like building blocks.
Kenny and Kevin Gonzalez-Cruz both wore their “Libraries Rock” T-shirts, the prize they earned for completing the 2018 summer reading program, to the kick-off party in Delta on Thursday, June 6.
Staff member Audry Haws perfected the art of multi-tasking at Paonia Library by handing out ice-cold treats while also helping kids with a space-themed craft.
Riley Bickford sits on her grandmother’s lap enjoying a popsicle while her older brother plays games at the kick-off party in Cedaredge on June 6.
In Paonia, Skyleigh Vierra, Tyreen Farnsworth, Raelynn Farnsworth and Emberlee Vierra built and decorated UFOs using paper plates and other supplies provided by the library at the June 5 kick-off party.
Although the library district’s summer reading program is geared toward school-aged children, younger participants find plenty of opportunities for fun at library events. Jacy Lee May practiced carrying a bucketful of stars after her older sister, Wylde, finished a relay race at Hotchkiss Library on June 11.
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