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Friends of Eagle Valley Library District fund summer reading

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Summer reading programs throughout the valley got a boost this year from the Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District. The Friends is a nonprofit organization that provides support to the district.

At a recent meeting the Friends board voted to spend about $6,000 on a variety of reading programs.

“The Friends continue to give major support to summer reading programs,” said Friends President Jody Talbot.

The Friends have long been a major financial supporter of summer reading programs for children. This year, the Friends agreed to finance summer reading materials, prizes and special performers.

Additionally, the Friends are providing paperback books for this summer’s teen reading program, as well as gift certificates (from local merchants) to reward top readers.

The fish menagerie swimming in the fish tank for the summer reading program at the Gypsum branch library is another Friends-funded project.

Partnering with the Literacy Project, the Friends of the Library also helped to fund an eight-week program that pairs younger children and teens for some fun reading and extra reading practice. The donation from the Friends group will cover the cost of t-shirts, literacy-based games and crafts, and incentives and awards (books) for participation.

Adult readers will benefit from the Friends’ funding of five new book kits for the “It’s in the Bag” book club program. Each of these kits includes 10 copies of one title and a notebook full of information about the author and book to facilitate discussion. The popularity of the book kits has increased dramatically over the past year.

Additionally, the Friends organization is covering the cost of refreshments for the bi-weekly film series offered at Avon Public Library.

“We are delighted to be able to offer support of readers throughout our community,” Talbot said.

Current members of the Friends Board of Directors include Talbot, Joyce Gedelman-Viers, Kathy Heicher, Kim Lyons-Mitchell, Sally Metcalf, Jill Warner and Wren Wertin.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, stop by the desk in Avon, Eagle or Gypsum libraries, or visit the library district website at

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