Every summer, it becomes clear that Delta County residents value reading. This is proven to the Delta County Libraries in many ways: by organizations donating money for programming, by parents taking time to bring their children to events, by the cheers of the crowd as the library float passes by in local parades, and by the hours and hours participating readers log during the summer reading program.
"Part of why we love summer reading so much is because we get such a great response from the community in so many different ways," says regional manager Lea Hart. "I really want to thank everyone who gave something to the program this summer."
Months before the summer reading program begins each year, Delta County Libraries requests donations from county businesses to help support the program. Money goes to prize books, snacks, program supplies and more. This year, almost one hundred area businesses, organizations and individuals donated money and goods to the summer reading program, and countless volunteers offered help to keep the program fun, exciting and running smoothly.
Donations and volunteers assisted the district in offering more than 50 programs over the eight weeks of summer reading, entertaining adults and kids with puppet shows, music events, seed saving workshops, crafts, and a whole lot more. Staff gave out a variety of prizes, including hundreds of books to kids who successfully read for 20 hours or more.
Some examples of incredible generosity include the teamwork of the Cedaredge Friends of the Library, library staff, Big John's Lumber, and Bruce Stanley and Keith Kollasch, to make 36 wooden horses for children to decorate and ride in the Little Britches parade in July. Participants were allowed to take the horses home. In Paonia, young Carmen Rodriguez devoted her time to perfect a puppet show with library staff which entertained children all over Delta County. Rodriguez has offered her time for other puppet events, much to the delight of the children.
At the end of the program, participating patrons were asked to describe their favorite superheroes. Along with an assortment of the expected comic book characters, young participants included meaningful statements about their superhero parents and other influential adults in the community. When asked who her superheroes are, district director Annette Choszczyk easily answers, "Our communities are filled with heroes. Certainly all of our staff members are superheroes. They achieve great things using an amazing variety of talents."
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.