Summit libraries celebrated this week |

Summit libraries celebrated this week

Kathryn Corazzellisummit daily news

Indulge in some goodies, chat with fellow library patrons and enjoy musical and theatrical performances at Summit County Libraries all this week. Starting today, Summit libraries are holding a bevy of events, all in celebration of National Library Week. First sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958, the annual occasion was designed to recognize the importance of books and literacy in the country. Summit’s theme for this year’s celebration is “Libraries: the Heart of Every Community.”The fun starts today with an all-day coffee chat at the Main Library in Frisco, where patrons are invited to stop by whenever they can for an informal talk about whatever piece of literature they’d like. Coffee from Starbucks and cookies will be served. The availability of goodies continues on Tuesday, with cake for anyone who stops by. Children and adults are invited to a three free performances during the week from ventriloquist Wayne Francis and Wingnut, his life-sized dummy. “We’ve gone all over the world, and we’ve brought back the world of wonders,” Francis said of the show, titled “The World of Wonders.” Francis plays the washboard, while Wingnut entertains through song and dance. Francis said there are plenty of jokes, along with appearances from a few friends: Serena the mermaid, Rodney the floppy bird and Chico the sidekick chihuahua. On Wednesday evening, longtime South Branch Library employee Patrick McWilliams is putting on a one-man dramatic re-enactment of the complete Gospel According to Mark in only two hours.Thursday, library staff member Bingham Fields will be available to answer questions about downloading books for e-readers. Because there are so many different devices – including iPhones, Kindles and Blackberrys – library director Joyce Dierauer said the process of downloading library books for each one is a growing issue. “We will do our best to answer questions,” she said. “If we can’t answer them all, we will attempt to find answers for them.”The celebration is topped off Friday night with an informative and musical performance by local, custom guitar-maker Bevan Frost of Big Hollow Guitars. Frost is especially in love with steel-string and parlor guitars, and has been building and teaching the art of the instrument for six years.For more information on this or other upcoming events or programs, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call Joyce Dierauer, at (970) 668-5555 or contact her by email at or visit the website at

April 9: all-day coffee chat, Main Library in Frisco > April 10: all-day celebration cake, Main Library > April 10: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wayne and Wingnut, South Branch Library in Breckenridge> April 11: 10:30 a.m., Wayne and Wingnut, Main Library > April 11: 1 p.m., Wayne and Wingnut, North Branch Library in Silverthorne> April 11: 7 P.m., The Gospel according to Mark, Main Library > April 12: 6 p.m., downloading books for e-readers, Main Library > April 13: 7 p.m., Bevan Frost

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