Library gives free books to 4-year-olds

ALAMOSA — Head to the Alamosa Public Library at 300 Hunt Avenue to pick up a free book for your 4-year-old between April 17 and May 1 or as long as supply lasts.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced on Monday that “Mouse Mess,” written and illustrated by Linnea Riley is the 2017 One Book 4 Colorado selection.

One Book 4 Colorado gives away 75,000 copies of the same book to every 4-year-old in Colorado. Books are available in English or Spanish and are distributed at public and military libraries across the state.

In “Mouse Mess,” nighttime is snack time for a mischievous mouse, whose colorful antics in the kitchen of a human family are a joy to follow. Bursting with exuberance, Mouse Mess is a joyful ode to disorder. Linnea Riley’s color-saturated collages were made using paper sponged with watercolor paint, and the resulting images are almost palpably multidimensional. Kids will rejoice in the mouse-sized perspective of the pictures, which refrain from giving a people’s-eye view of the kitchen counter until the very end.

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One Book 4 Colorado is a collaboration of the Lieutenant Governor, Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, the Denver Preschool Program, the Colorado Department of Education, public and military libraries, community organizations, and the private sector.

Project sponsors include: Walmart, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, McDonald’s, State Farm, Bezos Family Foundation, Bank of America, Xcel Energy, The Junior League of Denver, The Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Airlines, The Buell Foundation, The Office of Early Childhood, Aspen Community Foundation, Teletech Community Foundation, and Rocky Mountain PBS.