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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide campaign to promote early literacy by providing free new books to every 4-year-old in the state. Something as simple as putting a book in the hand of a young child can inspire a love of reading and help that child develop into a lifelong learner.

Garfield County’s economic health and vitality depend on making sure every child receives a world-class education. And a child must first learn how to read, before he or she can read to learn. Through a broad coalition of stakeholders – including early childhood advocates, educators, business and community leaders – the state is spearheading Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, an effort to help ensure all Colorado children are reading at grade level by the third grade. One Book 4 Colorado is just one of the many community-based partnerships inspired by this movement to help ensure every child is school-ready on the first day of kindergarten.

This year’s book, a fun, illustrated, easy-read, will be distributed to 4-year-olds across the state at all Garfield County libraries and at Reach Out and Read clinics and local doctors’ offices between April 18 and April 29. Books will be available in both English and Spanish, and will be accessible to children with special needs. All families with 4-year-olds are eligible to receive a free book. Call 625-4270 or visit us at for more information.

Books for this program were purchased through the generous support of Aspen Community Foundation, Wal-Mart and other generous corporations, foundations and individuals. More information on One Book 4 Colorado is available at

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