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North Fork Reads is a huge success

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"The book, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' is our most checked out item of 2018," says Leah Morris, collections and systems administrator for Delta County Libraries, when asked about the recent North Fork Reads program. "It checked out over 200 times in a month and a half during the countywide read and watch event."

North Fork Reads is a program, initiated by the Paonia Literary Committee, which encourages the community to read the same book during a designated period and then watch the film adaptation.

The showing of the film, "A Wrinkle in Time," served as the culminating event of the 2018 program, and, like the book, proved widely popular. It brought in over 400 people to the Paradise Theatre during the two-week showing period in April. "One of the real draws was the free movie ticket that library patrons received when they checked out the book," Morris commented.

The program also extended to area schools. Eighty-five elementary, middle, and high school students used free passes to view the movie after reading the book.

"The choice of book made the program attractive to readers of all ages," says Laura Lee Yates, Paonia Library staff member. "That, along with the wonderful collaboration between the libraries, the Blue Sage, and The Paradise Theatre, really made this event a success."

Additionally, a grant from the Kampe Foundation provided support for all of the sponsoring organizations. Paradise manager Sunshine Knight commented on the Kampe Foundation contribution. "The grant covered our licensing fee for the film, the cost of a majority of the books for the libraries, marketing costs for the Blue Sage Center, bussing fees for Hotchkiss K8 and Hotchkiss High School field trips, and some staffing costs for the theater."

"It is truly a community-grown and nurtured program," says Yates. "It began as Paonia Reads in 2016, became North Fork Reads in 2018, and we expect to see it continue to gain in popularity as it becomes Delta County Reads for the next big event."

To learn more about North Fork Reads and similar upcoming events, contact the Paonia Library, the Paradise Theatre, or the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. For information on all upcoming library programs, visit the online calendar at www.deltalibraries.org.

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