Sisters eye library for preschool children

Given a choice between holding a barnyard animal or holding a book about barnyard animals, Delaney Schuster always takes the book.

Delaney is only 1 year old, so she can barely talk, let alone read, but the fact Delaney already loves books makes her mother, Tricia Widdows Schuster, smile.

“Out of all her toys, the first thing she’ll pick up is a book,” Schuster said. Delaney’s favorite book is Sandra Boynton’s “Moo, Baa, La La La.”

Born and raised in Grand Junction, Schuster and her sister Kristi Widdows Calfee want to offer young children of Grand Junction equal access to books with the hope more children and their parents will read together in the early childhood years.

Schuster and Calfee want to bring an Imagination Library to Grand Junction by the end of the year.

The sisters are in the process of raising $5,000 to start the nonprofit program. If the program proves to be in demand and successful, the sisters want to expand it throughout Mesa County, Schuster said.

Children 4 and younger of all demographic backgrounds are eligible for Grand Junction’s Imagination Library.

Registration will open after the necessary funds have been raised to start the program, Schuster said.
Imagination Library is a national nonprofit organization founded by country music singer Dolly Parton in 1996.

Parton wanted to help children in her hometown, and the program was so successful it expanded throughout the country.


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