Libraries apparently want to juggle their books |

Libraries apparently want to juggle their books

Exquisite juggling, lasso twirling and hat and cane tricks kick off the Summer Reading Program at Garfield County branch libraries.

Peter Davidson has toured from Maine to California and from Hong Kong to Spain, performing his visually captivating acts at festivals and theaters. Davidson, who was the 1982 juggling champion, received the 1995 Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts and the 1997 Performance Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts.

He has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Disney Channel’s The New Vaudevillians, and (for those who can remember) on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. His unique brand of choreographic juggling was featured on the CBS Television special, Harry Anderson – The Tricks of His Trade.

Davidson will perform at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10, at Bea Underwood Elementary School in Parachute, as part of the Parachute Branch Library program. Call 285-9870 for details. On Tuesday, June 11, he performs at 10:30 a.m., for the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, at Carbondale Town Hall. Call 963-2889 for details; and at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. Call 945-5958 for details.

On Wednesday, June 12, Davidson travels to New Castle for a performance at the New Castle Community Center. Call 984-2346 for details. On Thursday, June 13, Davidson will be at the Silt Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. (call 876-5500); and at Rifle City Hall at 2 p.m. (call 625-3471).

Performances are free and open to all ages on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Reading, Rhythm and Rhyme.” A special, one-time program, “Beat of the Drum,” with Andrue Mile, will be presented to students who will attend middle school next year, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Glenwood Branch Library.

Mile is a Carbondale resident and has studied African, Cuban and Haitian drumming for the past four years with local instructor Steve Perreault.

Pizza will be served following the program.

Children are also encouraged to participate in the reading portion of Summer Reading. Children who achieve specified reading goals will receive a prize. Studies show that children who read during the summer months retain skills and are better prepared for school when it starts in the fall.

For details, call your local library.

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