Library summer reading program kicks off June 3 |

Library summer reading program kicks off June 3

Sharon Sullivan
Sharon Sullivan | Free Press
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Kick-off parties for library summer reading program

June 3, 10 a.m., Orchard Mesa Branch, 230 E. Lynwood St., with Drum Safari

June 4, 10 a.m., Palisade Branch, 119 W. 3rd St., Drum Safari

June 4, 6:30 p.m., Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road, #64, Drum Safari

June 5, 10 a.m., Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson, Drum Safari

June 6, 10 a.m., Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson, Drum Safari

June 6, 10 a.m., Clifton Branch, 590 32 Road, #64, Littleague

June 7, 11 a.m., De Beque Branch, 730 Minter Ave., Littleague

June 8, 10:30 a.m., Collbran Branch, 111 Main St., Littleague

June 8, 2 p.m., Lincoln Park Oak Shelter, Grand Junction, Littleague

Kids and adults need not wait for the new library’s June 20 opening to get started on Mesa County Libraries Summer Reading Program.

Patrons have until 6 p.m. today (May 31) to check out books at the Central Library’s temporary location at First and Gunnison. After May 31, library users are encouraged to visit any of the branch locations in Fruita, Orchard Mesa, Clifton and Palisade while the Central Library moves back to its permanent and newly remodeled location at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.

The Summer Reading Program is for readers of all ages.

“We encourage families to sign up and read together,” library spokesman Bob Kretschman said.

Participants are encouraged to register online at, and then visit a branch library to pick up a special reading log for keeping track of their progress.

As people reach their reading goals, they submit their logged points to the library to enter prize drawings for such items as hacky sacks, Grand Junction Rockies tickets, and coupons for various businesses.

Adults reading this year will benefit the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. For every 800 points logged, a quarter-cup of dog food will be donated to the animal shelter by PetSmart.

Additionally, adults who complete all reading levels will be eligible to win a Nook E-Reader, Kretschman said.

The program kicks off June 3, with kick-off parties through June 8 at each of the branch libraries. Entertainment will include music from the interactive percussion group Drum Safari and Littleague, a children’s hiphop group.

This year’s summer reading program will feature a visit from award-winning author Ellen Hopkins, whose books include the young adult titles “Crank,” “Burned” and “Glass.” Hopkins will lead a teen-writing workshop at the library June 24. The workshop is full, but teens can join the waiting list at

Also, on June 24 at 6 p.m., Hopkins will lead a public discussion about her experiences as a writer. The presentation is free and open to the public. The event is scheduled to take place in room 112 of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University.

“We invite everybody to participate,” Kretschman said.

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