Summer Reading program features Garden School Theater and magic show this week |

Summer Reading program features Garden School Theater and magic show this week

Garfield County Library branches continue offering annual Summer Reading programs, with free entertainment and reading incentives for children.

The seventh week, July 22-26, will feature performances by the Garden School Theater at some branches and a magic show by The Donovans at the other branches. The shows are free and open to all ages.

The Garden School is a private educational facility located in New Castle. It has been in existence for five years. Students attend the school two days a week and are home-schooled for the remainder of the time. Students will perform an original play, entitled “Buffalo Bill’s Last Ride,” an interactive mystery, loosely based on Colorado History.

The Donovans hail from Delta, Colo. Don Donovan has been an actor since the age of 9 and has been a magician for more than 50 years. He last performed at the library summer reading program in Glenwood Springs in 1988. Laura Donovan also has a long career in drama and performs in the magic show with her husband.

The Parachute Branch Library will host The Donovans at 10 a.m. Monday, July 22, at Bea Underwood Elementary School. The magicians will be guests of the New Castle Branch Library at the New Castle Community Center at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24.

The Garden School Theater will appear in Carbondale at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Carbondale Town Hall; at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; at the Silt Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25; and at the Rifle City Hall at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25.

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 more information.

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