Vail Daily letter: Successful reading program |

Vail Daily letter: Successful reading program

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

The staff of the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum public libraries would like to thank the follow-ing individuals and groups for their generous donations of time and talent to this year’s very successful summer reading program.

Thanks to these kind folks, the Eagle Valley Library District had the biggest-ever summer reading program to date, and hundreds of chil-dren got creative at the libraries this summer!

Our thanks go out to: Scott Rella and Rob Capone with Aspen Vail Ice for showing the kids how they make ice sculptures. The Avon Recreation Center for donating day passes to summer reading challenge winners.

The Beaver Creek Children’s Theater for its creative and inspiring Summer Reading kickoff. The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, particular-ly Liz Campbell, who once again lined up very talented musicians who also had a way with children for the Live@the Library programs.

The Celebrate the Beat team, Heather Kratz and Marc Malcuit, who had every kid dancing, moving and smiling while they learned about African music and dance. The Eagle County School District, and all principals and teachers, for promoting summer reading throughout the schools.

The Eagle Valley Artist Alliance, especially Robin Nash and Glenn Samuelson, who hosted two afternoon workshops teaching youth about collage and sculpture inspired by Dr. Seuss.

The Inyodo Martial Arts Studio for a capti-vating demonstration of the hard work and dis-cipline it takes to learn a martial art. James Lee, of James Lee Karate, and his sensei, Henry Ward, for teaching our readers some great karate moves.

La Nueva Mix radio, especially Nancy Lamas and Ana Martinez, who hosted us on their community radio show to help inform the His-panic population about programs for children. Lynn Kelly, yoga instructor, and her family, Kai and Joe, for spending an afternoon with our summer readers.

Master Mathew Bayley with the Vail Acade-my of Martial Arts for his dynamic martial-arts program.

And Jen and Nat Whitman from the Whit-man Story Sampler for a great finale. What a wonderful way to introduce youth to stories from other countries!

And to all of our eager young summer read-ing participants, thank you. We celebrate your reading progress and wish you the best of luck with the new school year!

Robyn Bryant, Kendra Doepken, Kari Thorne and all of the staff from the Eagle Valley Library District

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