Vail Library digs into the dirt with a worm talk on Tuesday |

Vail Library digs into the dirt with a worm talk on Tuesday

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Join the Vail Public Library for a fun, nature-inspired program to continue its summer reading program on Tuesday with Jackie Clark. Clark is registered with the American Horticultural Therapy Association as a professional horticultural therapist and has facilitated programs at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens for more than 10 years.

On Tuesday at the summer reading program, Clark will share her knowledge of gardening and worms with summer readers. Horticultural therapy programs provide social, cognitive, physical and emotional benefits to participants and help relieve stress. Therapeutic horticulture activities for children such as vegetable and fairy gardening have been popular in the Vail Valley.

“Dig into Reading,” the 2013 theme of the summer reading program, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon (with entertainers beginning at 2 p.m.) through Aug. 6. Elementary students entering first through fifth grades, locals and visitors alike, are encouraged to join this free reading program. Weekly events include a read aloud story, art activities, games and then the special presenter. Local teen and adult volunteers team up with the library’s children’s team to provide an enriching program. The goal is to keep students reading with fun activities and even a prize store for reward-based incentives.

Research shows that participation in a summer reading program prepares students for a successful return to school in the fall. Without it, there is often a measurable loss in reader fluency over the summer months. It is fortunate in Colorado that the Lt. Governor’s office is so actively involved in children’s literacy and supports events and initiatives to that end.

The event is free and registration is available online and at the event. Parents are always welcome.

For more specific information visit: or call 970-479-2187.

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