Delhi United Methodist Church

Change A Child’s Story 2016 Report by Jane Mesch ~ Delhi UMC

The “Change A Child’s Story” literacy project had a good year. It has been well received by the community. We began the
project back in November 2015 when we accepted the United Methodist Conference’s challenge to “give books and give
time” to children to promote literacy, specifically to underprivileged children. Our vision with our literacy project was to get
books into the hands of children in our community as well as spend time reading to them. Our program is funded by
donations, grants, fundraising events (bake sales), and collecting gently used books. Funds are used to purchase new books
from Scholastic Book Clubs. We received a grant for $400 from Small Miracles and $500 from the McGee-Barr grant, both
grants are funded through the Greater Delaware County Community Foundation. We received sizable donations from
Maquoketa Valley Schools and Tiny House and most recently $500 from the Delhi Lions Club. The Delhi Public Library
donated enough new paperback books to have our reading volunteers give each child in the elementary schools a book at the
end of school year in May. Our latest bake sale in December brought in $187. Donations from private individuals have also
come in. Many thanks to all who have contributed in one way or another! Programs benefiting from “Change A Child’s
Story” include: • MV School District – Volunteers reading with children in the elementary schools • Books included in the
MV Backpack Food program • Books donated to Parents As Teachers, a parent education program through the Regional
Medical Center • Books donated to Families First Counseling Program • Delhi Public Library – Book Swap program for kids
and books donated for use as incentives in special programs and activities at the library • Summer Read & Feed – Free meal,
read with volunteers and a free book, done twice during the summer at the Delhi United Methodist Church • Little Free
Library put in the Delhi City Park • Angel Tree Christmas project at Delhi United Methodist Church for children in families
with an incarcerated parent A total of 2148 new and gently used books have been acquired for the program since the
program started and 1978 books have been given out. A total of 128 hours were read to children by 7 volunteers. The newest
addition to the program was installing a Little Free Library in the park shelter of the Delhi City Park in August. The Little
Free Library was built and donated by students in Greg Drew’s Industrial Arts Class at MV. The Little Free Library is
stocked with books and magazines for children through adult. It runs on the idea, Take a Book, Return a Book. Books are
free for the use. We use a lot of our gently used books for this purpose. This project has been well received by the
community and had a lot of use while the weather was nice. A guest book is in the Little Free Library encouraging
comments. All comments have been favorable. Books are recorded as they go in and the Little Free Library is checked
weekly noting books that go in and out. Books are cycled out if they sit for 4 weeks in a row and more books are cycled in.
Use of the Little Free Library August through December 2016 • 435 books cycled in • 113 books cycled out after sitting 4
weeks • 214 children’s books gone, 92 adult books gone • 36 children’s books returned, 9 adult books returned • 29 books
added by the community We are always looking for donations of gently used books and magazines for use in our program.
Donations can be left at the church labeled for Change A Child’s Story, or contact Jane Mesch, 563-920-4916. Volunteers
will begin reading in the elementary schools for the second semester. Let Jane know if you are interested in helping with the
program in any way.
By Jane Mesch ~ Delhi United Methodist Church

Sponsored by:
Delhi – Buck Creek United Methodist Churches
304 Market Street Delhi, Iowa 52223
Phone:  563-922-2791
Church Office Hours:  Wednesday & Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Change a Child's Story 2016 Report