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The Big Read comes to Parachute

Grand Valley news
Mary Moore
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Congratulations to the Garfield County Public Library System ” they were recently awarded a very prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Our own Beret Brenkman of the Parachute Branch Library was instrumental in writing the grant.

“The Big Read” is an initiative of the NEA designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. A 2004 report by the National Endowment for the Arts found that not only is literary reading in America declining rapidly among all groups, but that the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. “The Big Read” aims to address this crisis effectively. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community.

Our library system was chosen by a panel of arts and literature professionals who reviewed thousands of applications. The community organizations were selected based on the quality of outlined plans to develop and implement a community-wide reading program. Applications were evaluated on experience in building strong local partnerships, reaching and engaging new and diverse audiences, working with educators, involving local and state public officials, and working with the media.



Garfield County is scheduled for participation in March 2009. So be watching and asking your librarian about these upcoming events.

Tonight, June 19, is Family Movie Night at the Parachute Branch Library, 6 to 8 p.m. Tomorrow ” June 20 is Kid’s Afternoon Matinee from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library. There is still time to sign up for the various Summer Reading Programs, including children (birth through sixth grade): “Catch the Reading Bug;” teens (seventh grade through 17 years old): “Summer Tour 2008;” and adults (18 years old and up): “Transform at Your Library.”



Check the library website (www.garfieldlibraries.org) or stop by the Parachute Branch for more information and registration.

Make plans now to celebrate Independence Day with the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. The Fourth of July festivities begin with the annual Kid’s Parade. Decorate your bikes, your wagons, your leashed pets, your mom and dad, yourself and come march for the greatest nation on Earth. Prizes will be awarded. The parade will be led by VFW Post 5485 beginning at 10 a.m. The parade ends at Mesa Vista Assisted Living Center, where there will be a brief ceremony and refreshments. Then be prepared for an afternoon of fun on the activity center grounds. Lunch on the patio: hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and desserts will be on sale. There will be games and surprises for the kids. For more information, call the activity center at 285-9480.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at beatlesfan_309@comcast.net (underscore between n and 3).


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