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Summer readers invited on a road trip

Daily Staff Report
Daily staff reportPopular local singer-songwriter-guitarist Pat Hamilton will kick off Reading Road Trip U.S.A. with concerts at the Avon, Eagle, and Gypsum public libraries. Hamilton has five albums to her credit, including "Lullabyes and Other Songs," which has become a favorite in preschools across the country.

Reading Road Trip U.S.A. at the Avon, Eagle, and Gypsum public libraries invites students entering first through sixth grade to pack their bags and travel across the country through stories, songs, poetry, and art as part of the Eagle Valley Library District’s 2003 summer reading program.

The eight-week journey kicks off with a free family concert at each library on Monday, June 9. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Pat Hamilton will perform songs from around the country, then students registering for the program will receive a free book bag with a reading log, to keep track of the books they’ve read, as well as a schedule of summer activities.

As participants reach designated reading goals, they can return the reading log to the children’s librarian and receive a prize. This year’s incentives tie in to the travel theme and include travel game booklets, magnetic travel games, miniature model jeeps and compass key chains. All students who participate will receive a free paperback book at the end of the program.

Kids are encouraged to attend the fun and exciting programs planned for each week from among the many times offered at the three libraries.

“We’ll be using our imaginations to travel to Baraboo, Wisc., the home of the Ringling brothers, for a trip to the circus one week, and to a baseball game in Chicago another week,” says Avon children’s librarian Brenda Bober.

Paula Carter in Gypsum plans to take her summer readers on a trip to the nation’s capitol and to Colorado’s own Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The trip concludes Aug. 4 with a program at each library by author and award-winning educator and storyteller, Angel Vigil.

Teens are invited to participate in a separate independent reading program at each library. Eagle children’s librarian Robyn Bryant is encouraging young adults to take part in “Fourteeners: Altitude with Attitude,” a reading program where participants read their way through Colorado’s fourteeners. The program culminates with a pizza party and drawing for prizes on Aug. 7. In addition to the programs for elementary school children and young adults, the libraries will also be offering story times for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as story times and summer reading in Spanish.

According to the American Library Association, studies have shown that summer reading programs help school children retain reading and learning skills over the summer recess. Begun in the 1890s, reading programs were designed to encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas, to read over their vacation and develop the habit of reading and using the library. Last year more than 800 local students participated in the district’s program.

For more information, call Robyn Bryant at the Eagle Public Library, 328-8800, Brenda Bober at Avon Public Library, 949-6797, or Paula Carter at the Gypsum Public Library, 524-5080.

All activities provided through the summer reading program are free thanks to the Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District.

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