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Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 AM

Delphos Herald Staff Report

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DELPHOS — The Delphos Herald is teaming up with the Delphos Public Library to point out the importance of battling illiteracy in the local community by taking part in the Read One Program. The project began in 2011 in Van Wert County and now eight newspapers and library systems in Ohio and Indiana are taking part in the program this year.

Approximately one in five U.S. adults (21 percent) cannot read above the fourth-grade level and are considered functionally illiterate. Illiteracy also translates to a higher likelihood of needing food stamps or earning below the poverty level. A person who is functionally illiterate is also more likely to end up in jail or be on welfare. (See last week’s editorial for more on the importance of literacy.)

“We started the Read One Program to point out the value of literacy,” said Nancy Spencer, Herald editor. “Too many of our young people and adults struggle economically and sociologically because of the inability to read at a functional level and this is something we can all work to change.”

It is easy for Delphos area residents to take part in the Read One Program. Simply choose at least one book to read during the month of October. At the end of the month, email the title of the book(s) and the author to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop it by the Delphos Herald office. In the first week of November, all of the titles will be compiled and a list will be published in an edition of the newspaper and online. (The name of the reader will not be published.)

The Herald’s sister paper, The Times Bulletin, saw a marked jump between the first and second years the paper backed the program. Times Bulletin Publisher Kirk Dougal said there were a total of 49 different titles read during the first year’s program but that number jumped to 114 in the second year.

“Even more encouraging were the number of YA and children’s books involved as parents took the time to make sure their children participated by being read to or reading themselves,” Dougal added.

To start off October and the Read One Program on the right foot, here is a list of the most checked out books from the Delphos Public Library in September, separated into several categories:

Adult

English Girl by Daniel Silva

Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen

Mistress by James Patterson

Gone Girl by Vince Flynn

Daybreak by Shelley Shepard Gray

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Never Go Back by Lee Child

Nonfiction

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Old Farmer’s Almanac

Happy Happy Happy by Phil Robertson

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly

Children’s Easy Fiction

Very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

Pete the cat: Pete’s bug lunch by James Dean

Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Hogwash by Karma Wilson

Berenstain Bear’s bedtime battle by Stan Berenstain

Junior Fiction

Big Nate goes for broke by Pierce Lincoln

Fly Guy vs. the fly swatter by Tedd Arnold

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Young Adult

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Two truths and a lie by Sara Shepard

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

 

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