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Reach Out and Read Colorado Volunteer Story: Gwen Black

Reach Out and Read Colorado has been on my radar screen since late 2016, when I began looking for a nonpolitical organization to which I might make holiday gift donations for my family. Nothing seemed more appealing than furthering the cause of pairing young children with something to read. I remember hoping each Christmas for a book from my librarian aunt, who always provided—not just a book, often wrapped in reused gift paper, but almost always what ended up being my favorite read of the year!

It’s very satisfying to sort through what’s in the collection room, hoping to assemble clinic donation boxes that have something for nearly every young reader.

Gwen Black

A variety of donations come in to the Denver office: a few toddler books (we wish for more), picture books, fiction and nonfiction (many of which remind me of reading to my own children), and a galore of chapter books (what we classify at the Tattered Cover, where I work occasionally, as ‘mid-grade readers’)—some of great literary value and some pure entertainment. It’s very satisfying to sort through what’s in the collection room, hoping to assemble clinic donation boxes that have something for nearly every young reader.

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