BookTrails program will explore Native American legends Monday in Avon |

BookTrails program will explore Native American legends Monday in Avon

Vail Valley youth participate in this summer's Book Trails program. The nonprofit kids programs will continue this fall.
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AVON — BookTrails, a reading and writing enrichment program taught outdoors, will offer programs during days off of school in the Vail Valley. In collaboration with The Bookworm of Edwards, BookTrails will offer its first program on Monday. The program will be similar to the curriculum and programs offered at BookTrails Reading on Ranches Camp, which debuted in Edwards this summer.

Monday’s BookTrails program explores Native American legends. This program incorporates reading and writing activities with Native American lessons, activities and art. Students will read the legends behind their favorite animals and other living things in nature. They will also learn the process for writing their own legends, including exploring and creating legends in pictographs. Weather permitting, some of the program will be spent outdoors learning Native American games and tracking skills.

The time of the program has changed, and will now run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. The program is for kids in first through fifth grade. The cost is $30 per student or two siblings for $50, students should bring a bag lunch.

Students are invited to stay after the BookTrails program for the free movie at the library, which starts at 1 p.m.

Scholarships are available through the BookTrails Scholarship Fund. BookTrails never turns away a child who wishes to participate in a program, regardless of their economic situation. More information and registration can be found at Scholarships are available through the BookTrails Scholarship Fund.


BookTrails was founded in 2011 by Emily Krall in partnership with her family’s Steamboat Springs bookstore, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. Krall and her family aimed to inspire childhood literacy by designing programs that create new ways to experience the joys of reading and writing.

BookTrails’ mission is to foster a love of literacy in children. BookTrails served 33 children in the Vail Valley during Reading on Ranches Camp this summer. BookTrails is a nonprofit organization with Colorado Student Care.


“Our customers have been asking us for years about fun, summer camps for their little readers,” said Nicole Magistro, proprietor of The Bookworm of Edwards. “We are thrilled to partner with BookTrails to offer enrichment camps that combine great literature with outdoor adventures.”

The BookTrails program on Native American legends and culture will be taught by Krall and other members of her staff.

“We are thrilled to be back in the Vail Valley and hope to see some familiar faces at our program on the 20th,” Krall said. “This program will combine literacy, history and science by exploring the theme of Native American legends through learning about their culture, communication and respect towards nature.”

Questions about the program can be answered by calling the BookTrails office at 855-426-6587 or by visiting

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