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‘Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds’

Daily Staff Writer

This year’s Colorado State Summer Reading Program is called “Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds” and libraries all across Colorado are taking part. Avon, Eagle and Gypsum public libraries have terrific tales of daring and adventure planned for the summer and library activities filled with medieval magic, dragons, castles and knights.

Open to all elementary school children, registration for the Eagle Valley Library District’s eight-week Summer Reading Program begins on June 6. Colorado children’s entertainers “Celebrate Difference” will kick-off the program at the Avon Public Library at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library and 3 p.m. at the Gypsum Public Library. This group of four performers, each from a different ethnic background, will introduce the audience to music, dance, storytelling and original songs of many differen cultures. The performance ties together the original rock ‘n’ roll of award-winning singer-songwriter Lois LaFond, the innovative style of flamenco guitarist Miguel Espinoza, the mesmerizing storytelling performance by Japanese-African Hugo Jon Sayles and the entrancing African dance movements of Janice Guy-Sayles for a multicultural kickoff to this summer’s reading program.

“Studies have shown that children who read over the summer vacation retain their literacy skills so that they return to school in the fall ready to move on to new learning,” Robyn Bryant, Eagle’s youth services librarian, said. “Taking part in the 2005 ‘Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds’ is a great way to assure that your children will be ready for the start of school in August, and that they will have fun during the summer as well.”

At registration students are given a free book bag with a schedule of events and a reading log to keep track of the books they read. Reading incentives are awarded throughout the summer as children progress through the various reading levels. Sponsored by the Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District, all programs are free of charge.The Eagle Valley Library District is also offering a 2005 Summer Reading Program for young adults, titled “Warped: Beyond Time and Place,” and the weekly baby, toddler and pre-school story times will continue throughout the summer. For information, call the Avon Public Library at 949-6797, the Eagle Public Library at 328-8800, or the Gypsum Public Library at 524-5080, or visit their Web site at http://www.evld.org.


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