Vail Public Library’s summer reading programs start June 16 |

Vail Public Library’s summer reading programs start June 16

VAIL — Vail Public Library kicks off its annual summer reading programs June 16. The program runs for eight weeks, ending Aug. 5. New this year, Vail Public Library will also offer an adult summer reading program. This years theme, Be a Hero: Escape the Ordinary, will be showcased throughout the eight weeks during scheduled programs. Attend one or attend them all.

Children and tweens: ‘Every Hero has a Story’

Elementary students entering first through sixth grades, locals and visitors alike, are encouraged to join this free reading program. There are two separate group meetings each Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. One group of children entering grades 1-3 and one of children entering grades 4-6. During the younger program, weekly events include a read-aloud story, art activities, games and a special presenter. The tween program has the same basic schedule; the first hour is spent with teen volunteers, exploring arts and activities related to the weekly program. In the second hour, they will join the younger kids for the performance or presentation. With both programs there is an independent reading program. Kids may sign up on the library website and collect a reading log and/or Badge Quest packet. They should keep track of their reading and may come in for prizes.

June 16, 1 to 3 p.m.: The Butterfly Pavilion of Broomfield.

June 23, 1 to 3 p.m.: Local ambulance personnel will share their stories and showcase equipment.

June 30, 1 to 3 p.m.: Erica Sodos, magician and storyteller.

July 7, 1 to 3 p.m.: Bravo! Vail brings Little Listeners at the Library program; Ute Indian historian with tweens.

July 14, 1 to 3 p.m.: Heroes in the Garden and Heroes Know How to Recycle.

July 21, 1 to 3 p.m.: Walking Mountains Science Center.

July 28, 1 to 3 p.m.: Bravo! Vail brings Little Listeners at the Library program.

Aug. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.: Vail Ski Patrol and Avalanche dog Henry visits.

Adults: ‘Escape the Ordinary’

Sign-up at the service desk and receive a raffle booklet full of activities. For each activity you complete, your name will be entered into a raffle that will be drawn twice throughout the summer months. The first raffle prize will be a $25 gift certificate to Yeti’s Grind and the final prize, to be drawn at the wrap-up party, will be a date night package, including a $50 gift certificate to Pepi’s and two movie tickets to Cinebistro.

June 17, 1 to 3 p.m.: Be a Hero for Animals.

July 1, 5:30 p.m.: Veterans’ Night.

July 9, 1:30 p.m.: Hercules and the Heroes.

July 15, 1 to 3 p.m.: Starting Hearts.

July 29, 1 to 3 p.m.: Film showing: “Unbroken.”

Aug. 5, 1 to 3 p.m.: Wrap-up party: ice cream social.

Visit reading to register or for more information.

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