Get ready to read |

Get ready to read

Daily Staff Report

Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries

The 2003 Summer Reading Program, Reading Road Trip U.S.A, wraps up on

Monday at the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries with a free

family program by award-winning storyteller and author, Angel Vigil in Avon at 11 a.m., in Eagle at 1 p.m. and in Gypsum at 3 p.m.

Vigil will entertain kids of all ages with original stories, juggling and

balancing acts, and a magic trick or two in his program, “Circus! Circus!”

A Heritage Artist storyteller, Vigil has performed throughout the nation at festivals, universities, schools and art centers. He is also chairman of

the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Director of Drama at Colorado Academy in Denver. Vigil will tell you that a storyteller does what the name implies: he tells the story rather than read it.

“Each time a story is told it takes on a personality of its own depending on the audience’s response,” he said.

Eagle children’s librarian Robyn Bryant wants kids to know that although the weekly programs at the libraries will conclude on Monday with Angel’s program, “kids are encouraged to continue their summer reading and can still bring their reading logs in to the children’s librarian at each branch to receive their prizes up until school starts.”

The Summer Reading Program is a free eight-week program sponsored by the Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District. If you would like to join the Friends and support the Summer Reading Program fill out an application at the Avon, Eagle or Gypsum Public Libraries, or mail your tax deductible contribution to: Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District, P.O. Box 240, Eagle, CO 81631.

Vail Library

The Summer Reading Program at the Vail Library culminates in a grand performance from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, in the Community Room at the Town of Vail Library. Attendees will receive a visit from ventriloquist Wayne Francis and his sidekick Wingnut the Pilot.

Francis is gifted with a unique style of vocal magic and comedy ventriloquist. He has more than 8,000 performances to his credit and has performed all over the country. He travels to Vail from Denver for the benefit of both guest and resident children.

“My performance is sure to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime flight through the imagination,” he said. “It is more fun than a room full of rhinos.”

He assured the Town of Vail Library that he and his life-sized puppet will “barnstorm their way into the hearts” of summer readers.

The Summer Reading Program is for children ages 5 and up. It is designed to encourage reading and promote library use during the summer weeks. The program includes games and prizes along with the weekly performing artists. Parents may register their child any Monday from 12:45 -1 p.m. and children need not attend all programs to participate. All of the Summer Reading Programs by the Town of Vail Library are free of charge. For more information contact Ann Sinton at 479-2186 or

Support Local Journalism