Denver City Council President Reads for Phone-a-Story in Honor of Women’s History Month

Are you dialing into Phone-a-Story every week for a fun storytime? Phone-a-Story offers stories, songs, and rhymes for different age groups and is available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Vietnamese!

In honor of Women’s History Month, we invited Denver City Council President Jamie Torres to read a story that inspires her for Phone-a-Story. Now through March 19, dial (720) 865-8500 and press 3 to listen to her read Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña. 

Phone-A-Story Guest Star Profile

Council President Jamie Torres and her sister were raised by a powerful single mother who taught her about the importance of education, staying curious, and the power of community. 

Inspired by the values modeled by her mother, the Council President felt compelled to ensure Denver is a city focused on social justice and the needs of its residents, such as their civil and human rights.

She spent 18 years in the Human Rights & Community Partnerships Agency (HRCP) in the City and County of Denver. In 2019, Council President Jamie Torres took office as Denver City Council Member representing District 3, Denver’s westside, and became Council President in 2022 and 2023.

Her roots are directly in the West Denver community, where she and her husband, along with their cat and dog, currently call home.

More About the Featured Telephone Tale

Book cover for title, Carmela Full of Wishes. Cover features a young girl blowing a dandelion with seagulls flying around.
Carmela Full of Wishes, by Matt de la Peña, tells the story of a young girl named Carmela and her immigrant family. Carmela loves her family and is finally old enough to join her brother for errands. This story demonstrates how everyone in a community makes it run, including a young girl and her immigrant family.
We’ve got more special guests coming this year, so stay tuned for more Phone-a-Story news. Are you looking for more children's books like the one the Council President read? Take a look at this list of similar titles below:

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