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One Book 4 Colorado

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced the launch of this year’s One Book 4 Colorado (OB4C) learning initiative last week.

“One Book 4 Colorado puts books in the hands of children and helps inspire a culture of reading in their homes,” Garcia said. “We’re excited to kick-off the program by inviting Coloradans of all ages to help us select this year’s book.”

People are encouraged to visit the OB4C website and vote for their favorite book. This year’s top three book choices are: “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon; “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” by Mo Willems; and “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

Guest celebrities reading the books include Gov. John Hickenlooper, Missy Franklin, Colorado Olympic gold medalist and Maria Rozman, news director/news anchor, Telemundo Denver, NBC Universal. Coloradans can view these videos specially produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and vote for this year’s book by visiting www.onebook4colorado.org.

Public input for the book selection process will be accepted through Jan. 31. The winning title will be unveiled at the OB4C opening event on May 6.

More than 70,000 copies of the same book will be distributed to children across Colorado at local library events, at Reach Out and Read clinics and doctors’ offices, and through participating preschools, all part of several other events scheduled for May 6 to 20, Colorado Literacy Week.

Extended vacation

A 38-year-old New Jersey man was arrested last week after he flew to Colorado to allegedly meet with an underaged teen for sex. Edward Gutierrez had flown from Philadelphia to Denver on Jan. 18 to a Wheat Ridge restaurant where authorities say he expected to meet with a teen that he had been communicating with online. Instead, Gutierrez was met by an undercover investigator and was arrested. The District Attorney’s Office reports that they began investigating Gutierrez in November, after a 13-year-old girl contacted the DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations (CHEEZO) Unit with concerns about a man making inappropriate comments on her Facebook page.

DA investigator Mike Harris began communicating with Gutierrez, posing as the teen. According to court records, Gutierrez engaged in numerous sexually graphic communications with the person he believed to be an underage teen, and eventually proposed meeting in person for sexual reasons. Gutierrez was arrested on suspicion of Internet Luring of a Child, Enticement of a Child and Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Each count is a class four felony. He was placed into custody at the Jefferson County Detention Center.

World events series

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) invites the public to join Great Decisions, a discussion group presented through the Foreign Policy Association, at the Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.

Each program is presented in a balanced and non-partisan way, and includes background information, current data and policy options for each issue. Topics include: The Future of the Euro, Post-Revolution Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Intervention Doctrine, and China’s growing influence in Africa.

Sessions will be 6 p.m. Mondays at the Columbine Library from Jan. 28 through May 20. The Evergreen Library will also host the program 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and continuing every first and third Wednesday of the month, through May 29.

Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information visit jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275.

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