VAIL - In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK, Jr.), the town of Vail Public Library will provide an afternoon of games, hot cocoa, snow sculpting and stories around a fire pit in the courtyard on the creek side of the library on Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This event also coordinates with the official celebration of the Triumph Winterfest hosted by town of Vail's Art in Public Places. The Triumph Winterfest features Karl Krueger's "Arctic Wandering," comprised of eight life-sized polar bear sculptures. These big bears and one cub will be on display throughout Vail Village and the Gore Creek Promenade. The lighting of the polar bears will occur in the village after the fire pit story telling event outside of the library.
"We will be commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his dream for a better world," says Lori Ann Barnes, town librarian. "We will also learn about polar bears and their on-going struggle in their arctic home. This event is just in time for the Art in Public Places Triumph Winterfest, featuring these magnificent animals."
The families will have an opportunity to sculpt with snow in an effort to imitate Krueger's art. The event will also feature two storytellers from the library, Annie Sinton and Cricket Pylman, who will present arctic stories along with MLK, Jr. stories.
"The art of oral storytelling connects elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time," said Spellbinder Director Catherine Johnson. "Since ancient times storytellers have told stories to pass on wisdom, engage the imagination and foster community. Storytelling programs recreate this age-old tradition, bringing together young and old to create connections, advance literacy and enrich the lives of children."
"This is a time for families to bundle up and get inspired with our Martin Luther King, Jr. and polar bear-inspired activities and stories," Barnes said.
All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.vaillibrary.com or call 970-479-2179.