Delco Reads


All Delco Reads: “Overcoming Adversity”

Delaware County Council joins the Delaware County Reading Council in encouraging residents to join the All Delco Reads program by reading the 2017 selection, The Boy Who harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.   Shown at the Feb. 22nd Council meeting are, front from left, Danna Bradley member of the Reading Council, Catherine Bittle, director of the Delaware County Library System, Councilman Dave White, Dr. Susan Kulp member of the Reading Council and Acting Principal at Edgewood Elementary, Janis Stubbs and Mary Eckulnd of the Library System, and back row, Brian Dillon of the Library System, Council members Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr. and John McBlain.

For the past several years, communities across the country have launched reading programs that encourage one state, one city or one county to read a special book selection…and then discuss it.

The goal is to promote literacy and to bring communities together through their mutual interest in one book. In Delaware County, the program is called All Delco Reads and it’s organized through the Delaware County Reading Council. The theme for this year’s All Delco Reads initiative is “Overcoming Adversity.” There are three books that exemplify this theme: The Boy who harnessed the Wind for high school students and adults; Freak the Mighty, for middle school students and Emmanuel’s Dream for elementary students.

This year, Delaware County residents are encouraged to read the inspirational story The Boy Who harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba  and Bryan Mealer.  Based on a true story, the novel is about the life of William Kamkwamba, growing up in Africa, a land withered by drought and hunger. William had read about windmills, and at the age of 14, decided to build one that would bring electricity and running water to his small village.

County Council is partnering with the Delaware County Reading Council and the county Library System to urge young people and adults to read this inspirational true story and to discuss the book among friends, in organized book clubs or at library programs.

The Delaware County Reading Council was organized in 1963 and meets monthly to discuss ways to promote literacy. Dr. Susan Kulp is a member of the Reading Council and Acting Principal of Edgewood Elementary, Ridley Township School District.

Residents have many ways to access the All Delco Reads book selection, from the hard copy of the book at their local library, or by downloading it on their digital device. For more information and to download the novel, visit:

Earlier this week, Councilman Dave White joined Delaware County Libraries Director Catherine Bittle to formally introduce the third StoryWalk book, "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.” Councilman White invites children and their parents to stroll the interactive StoryWalk, located in Rose Tree Park behind the Parks and Recreation Office, and up the hill from the amphitheater. The stories change quarterly. "StoryWalk is an interactive program that allows our young readers to exercise their minds and their bodies as they walk through beautiful Rose Tree Park," said Councilman Dave White, council's liaison to Library Services. "We hope engaging programs such as this encourage literacy and a love for reading in our youth.” Read about it at: Reading is still a walk in the park!

StoryWalk is just one of many programs offered by Delaware County Library Services and the 26 member libraries throughout the county.