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Grand County Libraries: You never grow out of summer reading

Sue Luton
Grand County Libraries

Summer reading isn’t just for kids: Adults can also get in on the fun.

This summer the Grand County libraries are aiming to motivate children, young adults and adults to read during the summer by offering summer reading programs geared toward each age group. The programs are fun, easy-going and full of prizes, so stop by your local library and sign up.

What kind of summer reading programs are your local libraries offering this summer? Although each branch may have slightly different rules, events and prizes, here are some highlights:

Adults can participate by stopping by their nearest library and picking up a Bingo card. The Bingo cards have categories such as “Romance Novel” or “Historical Fiction,” and readers are asked to read four or five books that match these categories in a row to make a Bingo.

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Once completed, the Bingo cards are thrown into a drawing and readers can draw a prize at the end of the summer. Prizes include a Nordic Pass from Snow Mountain Ranch, a pass to Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa, a wine tasting from Verso Cellars, massages, meals…what are you waiting for?

For younger students, the National theme at the libraries this year is: “Be Creative @ Your Library.” Parents can register their child at their local library and receive a reading log to start them on this fun adventure. There are fun prizes and incentives for every child to earn along their reading journey, like kazoos, slide whistles, guitar picks and necklaces.

As part of the summer reading program, each library also has a list of events for children of all ages, and there will be special performers every week starting late June and ending late July. Some performers include Marty the Magic Jewell , a mime, magician, clown, and storyteller – sure to be a crowd pleaser. There’s also musician Steve Cormey, and storyteller Ronnie “Roo” Eaton. Another great performer – Wayne and Wingnut – is a nationally recognized puppeteer and ventriloquist. Check out your local library for dates and time.

For young adults going into fifth grade and up, the theme is: “Express Yourself @ Your Library!” Registered teens who have met their goal will receive a free voucher for summer activities at Winter Park Resort.

As most of us already know, the ability to read and comprehend can open many doors, no matter what age. It gives you access to a world of information and adventure. Although we hope reading is something enjoyed year-round, we hope our summer reading programs encourage readers to get involved with their local libraries in a fun way, and perhaps win a few prizes too.

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