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Dream big this summer

Amelia Shelley
Garfield Public Library District
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Libraries 2012 Summer Reading Program will start June 11 and continue through Aug. 4.

This year’s program continues our Read Every Day (RED) format, encouraging kids to read at least 20 minutes each day. For every five days of reading, kids receive a prize. At each level, the prize varies from either the choice of a book or a coupon good for food or activities from local businesses.

This year’s theme is “Dream Big!”



We’ll be helping kids follow their dreams with books, programs, and activities. We have a great line-up of performers this year including music, magic, puppets and more. Last year, more than 2,000 children, teens and adults, participated in Summer Reading. This important program helps kids maintain essential reading skills over the summer.

This year, as every year, we have a fantastic line up of performers coming to our area.



Carbondale-based Out of the Mud Puppet Theater kicks off the season the week of June 12-14.

Magician Connie Elstun brings the Bunny and Birdies Comedy Magic Show to our libraries June 26-28.

Boulder musicians Mary Sue and Cari will perform July 10-12 using their bodies, guitars, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, the frog, and any other unusual instrument that strikes their fancy for a rocking good time.

A final program July 24-26 will feature music, stories, and hilarious comedy with Fairy Tale Theater.

All programs occur on consecutive days: Tuesdays for Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, Wednesdays are Silt and New Castle, and Thursdays for Rifle and Parachute. Times and locations may vary, so check with your local library for more information.

Join us and show your mom how much you really care. Library tea will begin at the New Castle Branch Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, and at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library in Carbondale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Space is limited for these special events, so please RSVP to ensure your spot.

For more information or to register, call the New Castle Branch Library at 984-2346 or the Gordon Cooper Branch Library at 963-2889.

The Garfield County Libraries are pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow for two performances in May.

Barlow displays a unique and skillfully delivered repertoire that incorporates favorite traditional Celtic pieces as well as his own compositions. Barlow’s newest CD, “Fields and Fences,” was released in October to excellent reviews. It has been nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association.

“Jerry Barlow’s performances reveal a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting. Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience. It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.

Barlow will return to the Garfield County Libraries for concerts in New Castle on May 16, and Silt on May 17. Both begin at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

Visit http://www.gcpld.org for more information.


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