April 20, 2017 Media Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Offenders Participate in One Book 4 Colorado On April 17, 2017 Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced Mouse Mess by Linnea Asplind Riley as the official 2017 One Book 4 Colorado. As part of the events that took place across the state, the Colorado Department of Corrections participated in this literacy campaign by making recordings of the book to send out to family members of offenders currently sentenced to the CDOC. Family members of offenders received fliers about the literacy campaign directing them to their local public library to pick up a free copy of Mouse Mess for any 4-year-old in their family. Facilities are able to easily participate in One Book 4 Colorado due to Read to the Children, a literacy program that connects incarcerated parents with their children. Read to the Children (RTC) was created in 1999 and is a partnership between the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Corrections Libraries. RTC allows parents and other close relatives to record themselves reading a book, then send the recording and book to the child. The program helps to maintain the parent-child tie during incarceration and data collected by Library Research Services shows that participation in RTC increases the literacy skills of offenders and children as well as their interest and enthusiasm for reading. In FY16, 1,477 offender participants in the RTC program created recordings for 2,674 children. Along with the recordings, children received 2,365 books. One Book 4 Colorado, started in 2012, gives away more than 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public and military libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. For more information on RTC and OB4CO, please visit Colorado Virtual Library, a service of the Colorado State Library.