Summer Reading Program continues at Garfield County branch libraries |

Summer Reading Program continues at Garfield County branch libraries

Garfield County Library branches continue their annual Summer Reading Program with free entertainment and reading incentives for children.

Week five will feature clowning performances by Karen Bell. The shows are free and open to all ages.

Bell is a professional clown who makes her home in Denver. She began her career with Ringling Brothers and traveled around the globe for eight years, making people laugh. Since then she has appeared on CBS circus specials and at numerous venues throughout Colorado, including the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, First Night Colorado, and many public schools and libraries.

The Parachute Branch Library will sponsor Bell on Monday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the Bea Underwood Elementary School. She appears at Carbondale at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at the Carbondale Town Hall and will give two performances at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 1 and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. The New Castle Branch Library will host Bell at the New Castle Community Center on Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. Bell appears at the Silt Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, and is a guest of the Rifle Branch Library at the Rifle City Hall at 2 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to the entertainment, children are also encouraged to participate in the reading portion of the program. This year’s theme is”Reading, Rhythm and Rhyme.” Upon achieving a goal of reading for a specified time period, children receive a prize. Studies show children who continue to read during the summer months retain their skills and are better prepared when school starts again in the fall.

Funding for the Summer Reading Program is provided by the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, local city governments and businesses and Friends groups from the various library branches.

Call 945-5958 for further information.

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