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Delta State’s ‘Born to Read’ program celebrates ‘Make a Difference Day’

Frieda Quon, (left) IRC Librarian at Delta State University, and Malcolm Lewis with his seven-month old son Thomas Lewis of Cleveland, and Dr. Sandra Rakes-Pedersen, Professor of Elementary Education at Delta State look over the first ever pop-up book “MOMMY” by award winning children’s author Maurice Sendak’s. 

The “Born to Read” program at Delta State University’s Roberts-LaForge Library and First Book-Mississippi Delta recently celebrated “Make a Difference Day” (MADD) by hosting a Halloween-themed reading party where copies of the first ever pop-up book “MOMMY” by award winning children’s author Maurice Sendak’s were given to each child in attendance.

Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, MADD is the most comprehensive national day of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”  
 
Born to Read, a Delta State program that emphasizes the importance of reading with infants and toddlers, partnered with First Book-Mississippi Delta to present the day’s program.
 
First Book is an award-winning nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.
 
First Book was founded in 1992, and since that time has provided more than 50 million brand new books to children in need in thousands of communities nationwide.
 
First Book and Scholastic Inc. collaborated to bring MADD to First Book Advisory Board Communities.
 
For more information on First Book visit their website www.firstbook.org or call First Book—Mississippi Delta coordinator, Kay Stricklin at (662) 846-4864. 
 
For more information on Delta State’s “Born to Read” program, please contact Frieda Quon at (662) 846-4347.
 
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