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Dig Into Reading this summer in Garfield County

Summer is right around the corner, and the Garfield County Libraries hope you are ready to Dig Into Reading. Inspired by this year’s theme, the libraries are offering great prizes and programs to encourage people of all ages to dig in and read every day this summer.

This year, we are continuing our Read Every Day format, which encourages everyone—kids, teens, and adults—to read at least 20 minutes each day. For every five days of reading, participants receive a prize — it’s that easy. Prizes include everything from books, to gaming systems, to eReaders. With such great prizes on the line, why not crack open a bestselling novel or share a cute picture book with your children?

In addition to great new prizes, the Garfield County Libraries are hosting even more performers this summer thanks to the generous support from the Aspen Community Foundation and the Garfield County Federal Mineral Leasing District. This year’s lineup includes concerts, technology, theater, puppets, magic and more.

Playground Theatre kicks off the children’s Summer Reading Program the week of June 10 with “The Green Scene,” a play that sends a positive message to kids about taking care of our planet. Also in June, the Garfield County Libraries host Mr. Bones, the Paleo-Puppeteer with his 8-foot dinosaur puppets. Finally, local science enthusiast, Paul Stanley, will present Mad Science the last week in June. This interactive, educational, and fun program is designed to spark children’s natural curiosity on all things science. Also, don’t miss the following great programs offered in July: Ann Lincoln’s Magic Show, Charlie the Noise Guy, the Dinosaur Journey Museum, and Exploring the World through Music with Michael Stanwood. These programs are sure to big hits with the family.

Wondering why the Summer Reading Program is such a big deal? This important program serves to instill the love of reading in all participants and helps young readers maintain their reading skills during the summer months. Plus, it’s tons of fun!

The Garfield County Libraries have worked hard to ensure that this year’s Summer Reading Program will be better than ever. Last year, almost 3,700 children, teens and adults participated in the program, and the Garfield County Libraries hope even more readers dig in to the great fun this year.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program has already begun. If you haven’t yet signed up to participate, simply visit our website, http://www.gcpld.org. The Summer Reading Program starts on Monday, June 10 and continues through Aug. 2.

Create Your Own Photo Album

Come to the New Castle Branch Library on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. to create your own photo album. This class will cover the basics of bookbinding. You will learn how to create an album cover, as well as how to do both easy and more advanced bindings. You will go home with your own photo album. There is a material fee of $15. This class is limited to 12. Call 984-2346 to reserve your spot or for more information.

Memorial Day Closure

All six branches of the Garfield County Libraries will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The libraries will resume normal hours Tuesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. You can still browse and request books, movies, and more on our website, http://www.gcpld.org, during the closure. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Want to make a difference in your community? Need volunteer hours for high school graduation or college applications? Garfield County Libraries is hosting Teen Volunteer Orientations throughout Garfield County for anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 who is interested in becoming an active volunteer at the library. Learn how you can make a difference at the library by volunteering for summer reading programs, helping with regular library duties, and more at this orientation program. Come, have fun, and volunteer. Orientation programs will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library; at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Rifle Branch Library; at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Silt Branch Library; at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the New Castle Branch Library; and at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. For more information contact Lo at 625-4270.

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