Vail Public Library to host Bravo! Vail artist and ‘Dig Into Reading’ activity |

Vail Public Library to host Bravo! Vail artist and ‘Dig Into Reading’ activity

Daily staff report

VAIL — Join the Vail Public Library on Tuesday for a busy day for summer readers as part of the 2013 Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading.” Two interactive programs will educate and entertain participants. During the first hour learn about grasses and create your own chia pet with the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens staff. The Gardens is a non-profit botanic garden located in the heart of Ford Park.

At 2 p.m. Vail Public Library continues its collaboration with Bravo! Vail by featuring local guitarist and singer Terry Armistead. Armistead was raised in a musical family in Vermont; locally she has been involved with Mini Music Makers for The Minturn Community Fund and playing music around town with her brother Joe.

Being the mother of four kids makes her uniquely qualified in music education if only because the constant noise in her house sometimes sounds like music. Expect lots of noise making, fun crafts and “of course” some guitar picking and singing of songs to happen.

“Dig into Reading,” the 2013 theme of the Summer Reading Program, is held from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday afternoon from June 11 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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