County libraries offer fun times this summer |

County libraries offer fun times this summer

Library Spotlight
Emily Hisel
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Emily Hisel

This summer enjoy all Colorado has to offer by utilizing your Garfield County libraries. There you will find books to take on camping trips, guides to plan your vacation, great movies for children to enjoy on sleepovers, and audiobooks that will make your long trip or daily commute go a little quicker. Plus, no matter what your age the Library District wants to encourage you to read by offering exciting rewards. In fact, we have three reading programs this summer: one for adults, one for teens and one for children.

The adult summer program is very simple ” read and get a chance at great prizes. There are no registration or attendance requirements. All you need to do is read three books to be eligible to complete an entry card. You can enter multiple times throughout the summer. Last year the libraries gave away free groceries, free food, free gas and other great prizes. This year all six branch libraries will hold eight drawings, each of which will be for a $50 gift card to a local business. The adult program will run throughout June and July.

The Teen Reads program this summer will encourage all teens entering seventh to 12th grades to Express Yourself. We have events, challenges and prizes to help make the summer extraordinary. There will be weekly programs and Activity Days that include Henna Tattoo Creations, CD Art and Duct Tape Expressions. All six libraries will again be sponsoring a treasure hunt. A rock hide-a-key will be hidden in each community from Carbondale to Parachute. There will be two winners in each community who get to choose either a 2G Flip video camera or $125 gift card. Search alone or with a friend, just be ready for a challenge! Plus, the 5 books-5 hours-5 days reading program will continue for the second year. For each reading log you complete you will receive a book reward or entry into a prize drawing. Online registration has begun at, or you can register at the library beginning May 26. The Teen Reads program will run from May 26 to July 31.

The children’s Summer Reading Program encourages everyone to Be Creative @ Your Library. The library is offering new programs and adding Activity Days to spark your imagination. Enjoy programs with magician Ann Lincoln, the Denver Zoo, sound effects with Sound Safari Theater, exciting experiments with Science Gone Mad, and storyteller Joe Hayes. Every other week we will also offer Activity Days that may include chalk art, bubbles, drawing, collages and many other fun, hands-on experiences. The 5 books-5 hours-5 days reading program will also continue in the children’s program. For each reading level completed you will receive a book reward or entry into a prize drawing. As with the teen program, online registration for the children’s program has begun. You can also register at the library beginning May 26. The children’s Summer Reading Program will run from May 26 to July 31.

For more information about these programs call your local branch library or visit Be ready for a great summer with programs and wonderful books at your local library.

Emily Hisel is outreach coordinator for the Garfield County Public Library District.

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