Summer Reading Program a huge success |

Summer Reading Program a huge success

Children and parents alike enjoyed Mr. Bones (aka Tim Seeber) and the life-sized dinosaur puppets he made and showcased at a Summer Reading event in June 2016.
Amy Wright / Rifle Branch Library |

The Garfield County Libraries’ Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading,” officially ends tomorrow after a hugely successful summer. Almost 5,000 kids, teens and adults dug into reading and participated in this year’s program — a 30 percent increase from last year.

Thanks to our generous local sponsors, the Garfield County Libraries were able to offer more programs and performers for this year’s program, as well as even more prizes. Program attendance was more than 7,000 for this summer’s many programs, which included everything from theater to edible bugs to mad science. This year, participants could win books, movie tickets, eReaders, iPods, and much more — great incentives to read every day. And we hope you enjoyed it.

Another special program held this year was the New Castle Branch Library’s Container Garden Project. With support from the South Side Conservation District, the New Castle Branch Library worked with the town of New Castle, the New Castle Garden Club, community members and library volunteers to offer children an educational opportunity to literally “dig in” at the library’s container garden. Throughout the summer, participants learned about different agriculture principles. If you find yourself in New Castle, don’t forget to check out this thriving garden.

Now that the program is ending, the Garfield County Libraries are encouraging parents and teens to complete an online survey about this year’s program. We’re even raffling $25 Visa gift cards to six parents who provide feedback on their child’s experience and to six teens that tell us about their experience participating in this year’s Summer Reading Program. 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, and we are always looking for ways to make it better. Go to through Aug. 29 to access this survey and for a chance to win.

Finally, the Garfield County Libraries want to thank the thousands of people who participated in this program, as well as its many local sponsors. Without all of you, this program would not be possible. A special thank-you goes out to the program’s major sponsors: the Aspen Community Foundation, the Garfield County Federal Mineral Leasing District, and the South Side Conservation District.

Beginning Guitar Workshop with Jackson Emmer

The Carbondale Branch Library is offering a free beginning guitar workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. The workshop is taught by the Aspen-based musician Jackson Emmer and covers the basics of tuning, healthy posture and learning music on the guitar. Emmer writes, sings and performs raw, off-beat country music on the guitar, mandolin and banjo and has shared a bill with hundreds of famous performers, including Shawn Colvin, John Hammond and Sam Bush. For more information or to RSVP, call the library at 963-2889.

TVS and Two Fingers

TVS and Two Fingers is the union of Mark J. Rosoff and Dave Zekman, members of the experimental music group Two Fingers, alongside poet Tim Van Schmidt. Since 1996, they have been presenting audiences with sound poetry, a mind-teasing mix of original spoken words, visuals, motion and sound art made from traditional and very nontraditional instruments into a fun and interactive experience for all ages. TVS and Two Fingers have performed extensively in Colorado and Wyoming, as well as on the East Coast in Connecticut and Massachusetts. TVS and Two Fingers will perform at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Carbondale Branch Library; and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Parachute Branch Library. Don’t miss this unique and fun opportunity to make some noise.

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