The Summit County Libraries this year are presenting both children’s and young adult summer reading programs.
On Wednesday, May 28, entertainer Ann Lincoln will promote the summer reading program to Summit School District elementary school students. Lincoln began honing her craft in 1982 when she first taught herself to juggle with lemons and limes. She auditioned for Scarborough Faire (a Texas Renaissance festival) and received a standing ovation and “Best Character” award for her performance as King Henry’s court jester. She found her calling and has now been a full-time professional entertainer for more than 25 years, often performing as many as five shows a day.
Fizz Boom Read!
Fizz Boom Read! kicks off on Tuesday, June 10, at the South Branch Library and on Wednesday, June 11, at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne and at the Main Library in Frisco. This program is for students in preschool through fifth grade, and for every four hours of reading, kids turn in a reading log and receive a free book and a prize from the prize box.
At the program’s kickoff in June, local entertainers Jeff & Paige bring science and nature to life through kid-delighting music and stories. They will be at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge on Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m., at the Main Branch Library in Frisco on Wednesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m., and that afternoon at North Branch Library in Silverthorne at 1 p.m.
Other programs throughout the summer involve a visit from the Butterfly Pavilion, a family night sky viewing program, a physics and chemistry hands-on science program guided by STEM specialist Dr. Barbara Shaw and, finally, a visit from the National Repertory Orchestra.
The librarians will read stories about robots, tornadoes, detectives and bubbles. The library is even planning on building robots out of recycled materials. If you have small, flat hardware in your toolbox that you could donate, the South Branch Library is looking for items until the kick off on Tuesday, June 10.
For the grand finale of the program, the library will once again have Lincoln entertain the kids with her comedy, magic and juggling. She will be at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m., at the Main Branch Library in Frisco on Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. and in the afternoon at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne at 1 p.m.
‘Be a Scientist’
In connection with the summer reading program, students can also “Be a Scientist.” Each library will have a “Be a Scientist” kit for school-aged children to complete. This program is a “go-at-your-own-pace” list of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects. Each project can be completed at home in the student’s available time.
“By participating in the summer scientist program, students can do their own projects at their own pace and participate in the summer reading program, even if they can’t attend the regular story times,” said Becky Astuto, main library technician.
For every item completed, young scientists receive stickers to paste on a placemat that will be on display in the schools when students return in August.
Young adult reading program
The young adult program for incoming students who are sixth-graders through 12th-graders is called Paws to Read and starts Monday, June 2. Students can pick up a doggie bag at any branch library.
The Friends of the Summit County Libraries sponsor the middle and high school summer reading programs, providing free paperback books for each eight hours read, as well as the grand prizes of four $50 gift cards (to Amazon, iTunes, Legos and Barnes & Noble). The Friends also cover the cost of games, refreshments and lots more prizes at the final Pawlooza Party on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the North Branch Library in Silverthorne.
Vail Echo is also sponsoring the summer reading program activities, including Lincoln’s visits to the schools and the special family program on Wednesday, July 2, called Look Up to the Stars at the Frisco Main Library.
For more information, visit www.summitcountylibraries.org.