Fill your summer with reading and events at your local public library |

Fill your summer with reading and events at your local public library

Marie Proctor
Parachute Branch Library Youth Services Coordinator
Paul Stanley amazes the kids during a children's science show last year. Stanley will return to the libraries this year as Professor Proton during the second week in July.
Staff Photo |

This year’s Summer Reading Program at the Garfield County Libraries is sure to be a blast. We will offer events, activities, prizes and more for participants and library visitors all summer long. Sign up anytime from May 31 through July 26 to receive a reading log bookmark to track your reading sessions. While you can read as much as you like each day, we encourage a minimum of 20 minutes. For every completed bookmark that is turned in, a prize is awarded, and your odds of winning in one of our grand prize drawings increases. Even more exciting, every child and teen participant who completes five bookmarks or more will earn their very own copy of a popular book. Prize books include “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Big Nate in the Zone” by Lincoln Peirce, “Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by James Dean, “Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century” by Jane O-Connor, and “Minecraft: Essential Handbook.” The full selection and title availability will be on a first come, first served basis.

Don’t miss out on “Fizz, Boom, Read” summer events for children. Some libraries are hosting awesome kick-off events, so check with your local library for details. Districtwide events for children will feature a great lineup of performers starting with Ben Roy’s Science Zone, ArtillumA’s Dance Storytime, and The Magic of Eli. In July, the libraries will feature ice cream socials, Professor Proton’s Science Show, Denver Zoo, and finish the summer with Pint Sized Polkas.

“Spark a Reaction” this year with our teen events, as your libraries are going above and beyond to offer even more astounding and intriguing opportunities. Ghost Hunting 101 by the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society will give you an inside look at a thrilling phenomenon. Join Dylan Fixmer for Creating Dubstep, where you will interact with the library Tab Lab to make your own incredible music. And don’t miss out on a chance to see Aman Sircus, Yo-Yo Master, whose tricks are sure to amaze. Teens will also be able to win one of three insanely cool prize baskets at the end of the summer. Each time you turn in a reading log bookmark you’ll get to put your name in for the one you want the most. Put all your entries into one basket, or spread your chances evenly between the three — it’s up to you.

The Adult Summer Reading Program “Literary Elements” will also offer great events and prizes. Events will include family film nights, gardening workshops, eReader workshops and even a LIT Crawl. Adults will also have the opportunity to win prizes for reading throughout the summer. Every two weeks there will be a drawing at every library for a $25 gift certificate. Just turn in a reading log and you’ll be automatically entered. You’ll also be entered for the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire at the end of the summer. One Fire will be given away at each library.

Check with your local Garfield County Library for details, or visit

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