Book it to the library this summer

Grand Valley News

The theme for this summers reading program for the younger children (pre-school through fifth grade) is Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds. The childrens librarian and 2005 summer program coordinator, Pat Jamison, is very excited and enthusiastic about keeping our children in the books this summer. The programs this summer promise to be entertaining and educational. The following programs will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Bea Underwood Elementary School: Today, Bill Anderson will present Dragons, Dreams and Magical Things. The June 16 guest will be musician Michael Stanwood; June 23 will be Peter Davison, poet in motion; and on June 30, there will be an Enchanted Library puppet show. In July, Ann Lincoln, juggling jester, comes to entertain on July 7; on July 14, the kids can see The Quest for the Junkyard Dragon, a puppet show; Joe Haynes, a storyteller comes July 21; and finally, on July 28, magician Jon Stetson will perform. Later on these same dates, stories and crafts will be presented from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the River Manor apartment complex. It is so nice that the library is hosting programs on both the Mesa and in the town taking reading to our kids is a passion for the ladies at the library. I appreciate them and all their efforts. Parents need to pick up the reading logs at the Parachute Branch Library now. The goal for each participant this summer is to read for 20 hours. For every 2.5 hours of reading, participants will earn a book for their very own. They will also be allowed to write their names on a compact disk, which will be attached to the 7-foot dragon that is sitting in the library. Right now the dragon is green, but by the end of the program he should look shiny with CD scales. There will also be a weekly drawing for prizes at the library, but remember, you must visit the library to enter the drawings and collect your reading prizes. The library has also added a program this summer for kids grades six through 12. The theme for this program is Joust for the Fun of It! These programs will take place at the library from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday evening June 7 through July 26. Some of the programs include: Shakespeare Night poetry and journals, Knight Night shields, Jester Night juggling, Night of Magic magic, Game Night stacking cups and dragon board game, Catapult Night building and testing catapults, Round Table Night a visit to Camelot, and Astronomy Night star-gazing with telescopeNow as I understand it, these teen programs are not just for watching or listening; they are also about learning and doing. I may go to the juggling night I have always wanted to learn how to juggle. The teens are also encouraged to read, with a goal of 20 hours of reading this summer, and they will receive prizes for reading, too. A special thank-you to the 2005 Summer Reading Program sponsors: Aspen Valley Community Foundation, Friends of the Parachute Branch Library, Garfield County Library System, Garfield County Library Foundation, Colorado State Library Systems and Kerr Cabinet & Design, of Rifle.

I think you now hold the title to the bubbles that just keep coming. As of Saturday, June 4, (one full week after your graduation ceremony) the bubbles are still coming. Way to go grads!

All Garfield County Library branches are offering free, all-ages, weekly entertainment and reading incentives for children during the annual summer reading program. Call individual branches or 945-5958 for questions.

Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, runs every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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