Library District offers some reading incentives |

Library District offers some reading incentives

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Library Branches are celebrating the arrival of summer by planning an array of free programs, designed to encourage people of all ages to visit their library and read during the summer.

The theme of this year’s children’s Summer Reading Program is “Catch the Reading Bug.” Library branches will feature weekly programs from June 10 through July 31.

This year’s roster includes clowning, magic, bug songs, storytelling and ventriloquism. Six of the shows are open to all ages on a first-come first-served basis. However, the programs by the Butterfly Pavilion and the Denver Zoo are restricted to kindergarten through sixth grade and numbers are limited, so parents are encouraged to stop by or call their local branch library for more information.

Children may sign up to win prizes for achieving reading goals. Studies have shown that students who continue to read during the summer months retain more of their reading skills and are better prepared when school starts again in the fall. And don’t forget the youngest members of the family. Those who are too young to read may earn prizes by having someone read to them. Reading to youngsters, including infants, builds a lifelong habit of turning to books for information and pleasure.

The “Teen Reads Summer Tour” offers teens prizes for meeting reading goals. They are also invited to participate in special programming, including workshops in African drumming, photography, Manga art, creative writing and songwriting. Additionally, a treasure hunt will present three teens with the chance to win a digital camera or an MP3 player.

Adults need not feel excluded this year, as they may also register for the Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme is “Transform @ Your Library,” and upon completing reading goals, readers may enter weekly drawings for prizes.

Sign up for summer reading for all ages has already begun. The Garfield County Library District has branches located in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute. Log on to or contact your local branch for additional information.

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