Grand County Library reading program succeeds with help of community
August 18, 2008
To the Editor:
The Grand County Library District’s 2008 Summer Reading Program, Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library, was a great success. More than 400 readers from the elementary, middle and high schools across the county participated at all five libraries in the district.
In addition to reading, these kids were treated to a Magical Bug Show by Ann Lincoln; learned about bugs in Rocky Mountain National Park from Barb King of the National Park Service; were delighted by Marty Jewel the Magician; were entertained by The Grand Theatre Company and its production of “How I Became a Pirate”; learned about bugs from Caroline Smith of the C.S.U. Extension Office; were taught how to make Origami bugs by Wendy Erickson; were taken to faraway lands through story and drums by Lady Percussionist, Helen Trencher; and learned more about bugs from Tom Cornwell of “Bug Songs.”
The teens in Granby learned about career opportunities from veterinarian Sue Tasillo, electrician Guy Larson, artist Howard Neville, newspaper editor Autumn Phillips, chef Kristen McGuan and Forest Service representative John Simmons.
The success of the Summer Reading Program is due in large part to the support of local businesses and organizations. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to The Friends of Grand County Library, Independent Sports Club, Country Ace Hardware, Country Home Outfitters, Kroger Company Foundation/City Market, Rotary Club of Granby, Rocky Mountain Roastery, Safeway, Pizza Hut, The Fraser Quikstop, Subway Sandwiches and Box Lunches of Winter Park, Stagecoach Bed and Breakfast, Big Shooters, Subway of Kremmling, Taniche Inc., Kum and Go, Cliffside Inn, Grand Lake Emporium, Grand Lake Chocolates, Miyauchi’s Snack Bar, Moose Stop Video, Polly’s Sweet Shop, Village Hub Coffee, Grand Lake Lanes, the Western Riviera, Mine Design, Humphrey’s Cabin Fever, Dari-Delite, The Depot and Sky-Hi Daily News.
These businesses and organizations provided incentives in the form of coupons as weekly prizes, refreshments for story times and activities, project supplies, free advertising and lodging for visiting performers.
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The Grand County Library District would also like to express appreciation to Winter Park Resort for providing our Teen readers with a special Reward Day at the Park.
And last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank the parent and community volunteers, who give of their time, energy and resources to make the youth programs at the libraries successful.
Cathy Jones, Lynn Shirley, Sue Luton, Lynn Jennings and Joy McCoy
Youth Services Librarians
Grand County Library District