Thanks for reading this summer |

Thanks for reading this summer

Emily Hisel
Garfield Public Libraries Public Relations Officer
Aman Sircus shows teens more about the tricks he can do with skill toys, after his show in Rifle .
Stephen Tafoya / Garfield Public Libraries |

With the 2014 Summer Reading Program now complete, the Garfield County Libraries would like to thank everyone who participated, sponsored, and otherwise supported this program. It has been a joy to see the libraries humming with excitement on event days, and books being checked out by the ton.

In June, we started the summer with a Science Showcase for children hosted by Ben Roy. The fun continued into July with ArtillumA’s Dance Storytime, The Magic of Eli, Ice Cream Social, Professor Proton’s Science Show, Denver Zoo, Pint Sized Polkas, and other various events. In total, we had nearly 7,000 people attend over 50 children’s events throughout the county!

Teens also had an assortment of events including Forensics: CSI, Ghost Hunting 101, Yo-Yo Master Aman Sircus, and Dylan Fixmer’s Do-it-Yourself Dubstep. We are so excited that these events combined to have a record amount of teens participate in them!

Not to be forgotten, adults also participated in record numbers. In fact, more adults attended events like movie nights, Civil War Discussions, concerts, and the Taste of New Castle than all the events of the previous two years combined!

Attendance in these events made for a terrific summer. Watching as the Denver Zoo taught us about the Giant African Bullfrog and the Three Banded Armadillo was made even more special because we sat next to friends and neighbors. Aman Sircus not only showed us impressive tricks with his yo-yo and other skill toys, he genuinely took an interest in the teens and interacted with them after the show to give extra pointers and break down tricks. And, the first Taste of New Castle brought together a community to enjoy food and businesses that many had never tried before.

What’s more, readers came out in droves this summer to do just that – read. We had 5,203 people register for Summer Reading, which marks only our second time with over 4,000 participants. Readers were asked to record how many days they read during the summer and report back to their library for prizes. We counted an astounded 72,070 days of reading in our six communities! In fact, the total amount read this year more than doubled the amount read just five summers ago.

We are proud of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, and everyone who participated. Thank you for the gift of your time and presence. Together we made it one of the most successful in our history. Yet all this success would not have been possible if it weren’t for our many partners and sponsors. Some gave coupons as prizes for reading, others donated food, and some gave money.

Each and every person and business who participated gave something, which combined to make our communities better, smarter, and more interesting. Thank you all.

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