Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is partnering with One Book 4 Colorado to distribute free books to four-year olds from April 13-27. During the distribution period, families with four-year-old children living in Jefferson County may pick up a free book at any Jefferson County Public Library location.
Studies have shown that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important indicators of future academic success. For families struggling to make ends meet in these difficult economic times, books and reading may be their last priorities. Yet, reading is the very skill these children need most to succeed in school and move beyond a life of poverty. We want every four-year old to take advantage of this opportunity, so please, help us spread the word.
This year’s book title will be announced at a special storytime presented by Jefferson County Commissioner Don Rosier at 11:30 a.m. on April 13 at the Lakewood Library, at 20th and Miller in Lakewood. In addition, special One Book 4 Colorado celebrations will be taking place at all Jefferson County libraries at regularly scheduled storytimes from April 13-27. In addition, books will be available at all JCPL locations during normal business hours. They will be available in both English and Spanish, accessible to children with special needs, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, the private sector, other public libraries, and the nonprofit and foundation communities. Books are funded through private donations. For more information, follow the project’s website at onebook4colorado.org.