Delhi United Methodist Church
One million books and a million hours of reading with children –
that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in the next two years through
“Change a Child’s Story.”  

The academic and economic futures of almost 90,000 young Iowans are at risk.
*In 2012, roughly 1 in 4 Iowa fourth-graders scored below proficient level on the state reading test.

Research indicates that a quarter of kids who are behind in reading by the 4th grade will eventually
drop out of school, making them more likely to experience other hardships, including jail time.

55% - Iowa children under age six whose low-income parents don’t have a high school diploma.

86% of children with parents who didn’t graduate high school live in low-income families.

61% of children in poverty don’t have children’s books at home.

The Delhi United Methodist Church has implemented the “Change a Child’s Story” literacy project
to get books into the hands of children in our community as well as spending time reading with children.

The program is supported by fund raising events, private donations, grants and collecting gently used books.

Special Thanks for donations from Tiny House – Hopkinton,
Maquoketa Valley Community School District, Small Miracles Endowed Fund

We could use your help!  Do you have books taking up room on your bookshelves that your child no longer reads?

Anyone wishing to donate gently used books to our program can call Jane Mesch, 563-920-4916, drop them off
at the Delhi United Methodist Church during office hours, or drop off at the Delhi Public Library.  

Donations of any kind are greatly appreciate

Programs benefiting from “Change a Child’s Story” include:

MV School District - Volunteers reading with children in the elementary schools

Books included in the Backpack Food program – MV School District

Books donated to Parents As Teachers – Regional Medical Center

Books donated to Families First Counseling Program

Book swap program for kids in the Delhi Public Library

Summer Read & Feed – Free meal, read with volunteers and free book
Free Little Library put in Delhi City Park

Other programs are being planned.

Tips for Parents - Reading encouragement –

Let your child choose books that interest them.

Read to your child.  Establish a daily routine, maybe snack time or bed time.

Read aloud together.  For older kids take turns reading a page to each other.

Talk about what you are reading.  
Asking questions before, during, and after you read helps your child make connections and increase reading skills.

Show your child that you enjoy reading.  Be a reading model.  
Children often mimic parent behavior.  Reading can include books, magazines, newspapers,e-readers etc.

Visit your local library and participate in their story hour and reading programs for the summer.

LIBRARY HOURS: Delhi Public Library
316 Franklin St. - Phone:  563-922-2037.  
Hours:  Tues. 1:30-5:30; Wed. 10-7; Thurs. 1:30-5:30; Sat. 9-noon

Hopkinton Public Library - 110 1st St. SE
Phone: 563-926-2514
Hours:  Tues. 10-5; Wed. 10-6; - Thurs. 10-5; Fri. & Sat. 9-noon

Ruth Suckow Memorial Library - 122 Northern Ave.
Earlville - Phone: 563-923-5235
Hours:  Mon. 1-5; Wed. 9-noon, 1-5, 6-8 - Fri. 1-5; Sat. 9-noon

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