In December 2017, Delta County Libraries, in collaboration with Blue Sage Center for the Arts and The Paradise Theatre, presented the second annual Paonia Reads!, an event that encourages the community to read a book and then watch the film adaptation together.
"We are ready to launch our next read-and-watch event, but this time we are expanding to reach more participants in Delta County," says Laura Lee Yates, Paonia Library staff member. Yates is also a member of the literary committee that spearheaded similar events in the past. The committee includes representation from the library district, the Blue Sage Center for the Arts, and The Paradise Theatre, along with other community members.
"Introducing the first North Fork Reads! is exciting for all of us, not only because we hope to engage more readers, but because of the selected book," Yates comments. "'A Wrinkle in Time' offers the opportunity for all ages to enjoy an adventure together, both on the page and on the screen."
The book, "A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L'Engle, won the Newbery Medal in 1963. It is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg Murry, her brother, Charles, and classmate, Calvin. They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
"Extra copies of the book are available at all five libraries in Delta County," Yates explains. "At the time of checkout, patrons will be given a free ticket to view the film at The Paradise Theatre in April."
The Paradise Theatre provided the library district funds to cover some of the cost of the extra books as well as tickets to the film that begins showing on April 6. The tickets are good for any show time when the film is offered in April. "Patrons will need to verify show times by contacting The Paradise Theatre or by visiting the website," Yates says. "The matinee on Sunday, April 15, will include a guided book vs. film discussion following the film."
"We are happy to see this successful program expand," says Lea Hart, district director of Delta County Libraries.
"Despite its name, participation in North Fork Reads! is open to all of Delta County. Library patrons are invited to check the book out from any library and receive a free pass to the movie. Before this event even began," Hart chuckles, "it outgrew its name and we look forward to the next event reflecting that when we introduce Delta County Reads!"
For more information about North Fork Reads! visit deltalibraries.org, bluesage.org or paradise ofpaonia.org.