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Vail library hosts local artists

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

The Vail Public Library will present two talented local artists during its Summer Reading Program on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room.

Jose Prieto is a sketch artist who specializes in wildlife, such as elk, wolves and big cats. Prieto will demonstrate his skills and answer questions about his vocation and how he draws these wildlife images.

Local wildlife photographer Roxanne Granzow will show her photographs of polar bears and penguins, explaining her trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, where she took the incredible shots.

“Both of these talented people have been to the library many times,” said Lori Ann Barnes, town librarian. “This past winter, Roxanne Granzow presented a slideshow of her magnificent photos taken in the Arctic of polar bears. She is very knowledgeable, and her shots are impressive. She told us then that she also had a series of penguin photographs taken on her trips to the Antarctic. We knew we wanted to have her back for the kids in the summer.

“Jose Prieto has also been in the library often, most recently because he has had an artist show in our community room this spring,” Barnes said. “He also frequents the library in his role as a town of Vail public works employee. It is so nice to have one of our own town employees, one who is so talented, be enthusiastic about presenting to children.”

The children will likely love the animals – penguins, polar bears, big cats and wolves – that the artists feature in their work.

“They will learn why the sketcher and the photographer do their craft, which is for the love of it,” said Cricket Pylman, of the Vail Public Library. “The message we hope the children will receive is: You can do this, too.”

Parents can register children at the door to receive a Summer Reading Packet that includes a reading log. They can help their child document the time spent reading so the young readers can win prizes. The theme of the Summer Reading Program this year is “One World, Many Stories,” and there are events scheduled every Tuesday that follow this theme. The Vail Public Library will bring musicians, artists, animals, storytellers, a chef and even a clown who will perform a face-painting workshop. A detailed schedule is available on the library’s website. All events are free. Parents are always welcome. For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit

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