Celebrate “Read With Me Day” on May 7th


Public Service Announcement


Celebrate “Read With Me Day” on May 7th

Over 300 Children and 30 Community Volunteers Participating



Contact:   Shirley Ritter, Director of Kids First, 970-920-5363, shirley.ritter@cityofaspen.com

Aspen, CO – May 2, 2013– Kids First and Raising a Reader are hosting “Read With Me Day” in 26 early childhood classrooms in Pitkin County on May 7, 2013 where 30 community volunteers will be reading to children ranging from infants to age 5 in Aspen, Snowmass Village, and Basalt. These volunteers will model the love of reading and represent a diversity of professions including police officers, firefighters, realtors, attorneys, a city mayor, a cowboy, and a newspaper editor.

Stories read to children by community members present an opportunity to emphasize the crucial role adults play in giving children the foundation they need to be ready for school. Local collaborative events like this one help to build support for young children and their families.   

This year “Read With Me Day” coincides with “One Book 4 Colorado” that makes sure every 4-year-old across the state reads the same book, which will be announced May 6, 2013.  Over 70,000 books will be distributed through a collaboration of the private sector, foundation community, and the state libraries. 

Early literacy is critical to success in learning and in life. It’s easy to make a difference for a young child; start by volunteering at a childcare program, preschool, or elementary school. The public can donate new and gently used books locally at Alpine Bank and the Yellow Brick by May 17th.  Singing, writing, talking, listening, and playing games with a young child all support early literacy. No one is too young or too old to hold a book, be read to, read aloud, or to share your love of reading.


Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013