Garfield County Libraries' 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program features The Alex Project - a program designed to build connections in our communities using the power of a great book.
This innovative program pairs teens and adults with similar interests together to read a title from the Alex Awards, a list of books published by the American Library Association for the adult market that crosses over in popularity to the young adult market.
Alex titles include: Into Thin Air, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The House of Tomorrow, Room, Water for Elephants, and The Kite Runner. The Parachute Branch Library has been hosting The Alex Project since 2009. This summer, every library throughout Garfield County will be offering the program thanks to a grant from Spring Board Aspen.
Each teen and adult pair designs their reading and discussion schedule to suit their needs. Pairs discuss their book via email, on the phone, or through any other means they choose. Then, all pairs congregate at their local library for a final celebration dinner when they discuss the books they have read and share their ideas and opinions.
In addition to providing an opportunity to relate with an adult, many past teen participants have found invaluable connections through this program. For example, through one such partnership, a high school senior found a mentor who helped her find her way into a prestigious college to pursue a journalism career. Other teens have partnered with community leaders who provided letters of recommendations, guidance, and support for their education and futures.
The Alex Project connects students with adults through a shared love of reading, and provides a space for learning and sharing one's thoughts.
The New Castle Branch Library is inviting all teens in grades seven to 12 to test their skills in the Amazing Big Dreams Survival Challenge at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 11. This program is a teen summer reading event. Food will be provided. Call 984-2346 for more information.
The Silt Branch Library is hosting a workshop on the art of graffiti. Join local artist Ashley Mickelson at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Create an art piece of your own. This program is a teen summer reading event. Call 876-5500 for more information.