The summer was great for everyone at the library |

The summer was great for everyone at the library

Library Spotlight
Emily Hisel
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Emily Hisel

There is nothing like sipping on an iced drink, sitting under a tree and enjoying a good book on a hot, hot day. Your libraries know the lazy days of summer are a great time to get lost in a book. Yet, the Garfield County Library District realizes summer is also a time of activity. In fact, all six Garfield County libraries were at the heart of many of this summer’s events.

As part of the 2008 Summer Reading Program, children enjoyed magicians, storytellers, comedians and presenters from the Denver Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. There were more than 1,000 children who came to the Denver Zoo programs alone. These children saw an alligator, hissing cockroaches, boa constrictor, barn owl, red-tailed hawk and a laughing kookaburra as educators talked about the animals. It was a great opportunity to learn about animals of the world without ever having to leave the valley.

There were also teen workshops including photography, manga and songwriting. The photography workshop presented by Kelley Cox was a wonderful hit. Some of the photographs taken by the teen participants even made the July 6 edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. The libraries also hosted a treasure hunt for teens. You may have noticed treasure hunters throughout Garfield County, overturning rocks all summer long. These clever young souls tested their deductive reasoning skills and endured endless hours of searching. Some longed for X-ray, vision while others wished for anti-grasshopper suits. The lucky ones found the elusive rock hide-a-keys and won MP3 players or digital cameras for their efforts.

This year was also the first to offer a districtwide adult summer reading program. This program gave out prizes such as gift certificates to Starbucks, Wal-Mart, City Market, Sonic and even free gas. Besides enjoying the books, adults jumped at the opportunity to win free gas during a summer that saw record gas prices. It was also a wonderful chance for parents and grandparents to read alongside their favorite youngsters.

All in all, there were 2,171 children and 333 teens who participated in the summer programs at the Garfield County libraries. Together they completed more than 5,800 reading logs. Since each reading log equaled five books, five hours or five days, the time spent reading was astronomical. The adults also took full advantage of their new program by reading more than 2,000 books.

Thank you to everyone who visited the libraries and made it such a delightful summer. Also, congratulations to everyone who won prizes, enjoyed programs, found treasures, and (of course) read great books.

Emily Hisel is the Garfield County Library District outreach coordinator.

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