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A web of fun at the Rifle Library’s 5th Element

From left, retired teacher Joyce Wizer watches as Audrey Parkinson, a kindergartner at Highland Elementary School and Jadyn Petree and Michael Slappey, both second graders at Graham Mesa Elementary School, talk about the book, “The Very Busy Spider,” by Eric Carle, at the Rifle Branch Library’s 5th Element program on Friday, Jan. 10.
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The 5th Element is offered at Rifle, Silt and New Castle branch libraries on Fridays, as well as at the Parachute branch library on Mondays. The program is designed to help fill the gap for Garfield School District Re-2 and Garfield School District 16 children who are in four-day school weeks. The 5th Element is free and open to everyone. There are one-hour sessions for K-2, 3-4 and middle school Re-2 students, and a middle school session for District 16 students.

The 5th Element utilizes “STEAM” curriculum, which combines elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math into fun activities for kids that support their work at school.

The Garfield County Library District plans, coordinates and implements the program, which is funded by a $20,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library.

On Friday, Jan. 17, in Rifle, Ms. Paula Jaggi will explore the unique differences in the pictures of the world with both the K-2 and 3-4 groups, while Kate Andreatta will introduce the secrets of preforming magic to the middle schoolers.

Classes are limited to 25 students. Check the calendar at gcpld.org/calendar to get more information about class activities. Call 625-3471 or go to gcpld.org to preregister.

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