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Get on the magic bus

Kimberly Nicoletti

SILVERTHORNE – Jump into a pair of bell-bottoms and join the North Branch Library’s magic bus tour of books and music as the summer reading program begins.

The library’s 10-by-5-foot hippie bus will begin its tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Silverthorne pavilion’s fireside storytelling program when librarians offer a sneak peek of the summer reading program, which begins Wednesday and ends Aug. 7.

Throughout the summer, kids can make flowers with their faces in the middle of the petals after they read six books. Then they place their flower on the 1970s bus, and at the end of the program, librarians will hold a drawing for $100 in each age group. Kids also can win smaller prizes weekly.

The Bookstock Bus doesn’t quite make it to Woodstock, but it’s taking kids on a summer tour of Cajun, rock, tribal and salsa music during the reading program with special events every Wednesday at the North Branch Library.

The summer tour kicks off with storyteller Bett Kopit at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday.

“A lot of it is participatory,” Kopit said. “Kids chant and they sing. After a while, they just start taking off and calling out their part. It builds anticipatory-thinking skills. Whatever the story is, there’s some kind of hook, either a strong gesture or something that makes them giggle.”

Kopit focuses on building community through songs and stories.

“My storytelling is very much about building community,” she said. “When parents participate, it teaches kids about community. What they remember is this wonderful sense of community.”

A separate reading program for middle and high school students called treme Reads kicks off with a storytelling and theater workshop at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

“It’s a combination of theater skills, acting and improvisation,” Kopit said. “They’ll be learning about using gesture to build imagery to make the story better.”

Jim Loshbaugh will lead a cartooning workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20 where he will teach the basic concepts and principles of the art.

“It’s very interactive,” Loshbaugh said. “They’re going to be doing a lot of hands-on cartooning.”

The events continue with a mountain biking clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 18 at Copper Mountain Resort. The program ends with an ice skating party from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at the Breckenridge Ice Center. Participants may win a tandem paragliding adventure or a barge party on Dillon Reservoir by entering a drawing after completing reading cards, which track time spent reading.

For information about the summer reading program call the North Branch Library at (970) 468-5887.

Destination: Bookstock

a reading program for children ages 3-6 and 7-10

Wednesday, June 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Participate in storytelling and songs with Bett Kopit. Get your goodie bags with the summer schedule, treats and program directions.

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10) – Explore Cajun Country with a puppet show and swamp treat.

Wednesday, July 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10) – Strike up the band and join the parade.

Wednesday, July 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10) – Bring an oatmeal box, make a drum and have a bang-up time.

Wednesday, July 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10) – Bring two jar lids, tune your air guitar, brush back your hair and rock around the stage.

Wednesday, July 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 3-10) – Join Ann Lincoln for her music and magic.

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ages 3-6), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 7-10) – Make rainsticks and castanets and brush up on your cha-cha.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ages 3-10) – Tour ends with Jim Salestrom celebrates the summer.

treme Reads Young Adult Program

Wednesday, June 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Storytelling and theater workshop with Bett Kopit at the North Branch Library

Thursday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. – Cartooning with Jim Loshbaugh at the North Branch Library

Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.-noon – Mountain biking clinic at Copper Mountain Resort

Thursday, July 25, 2-4 p.m. – Ice skating party and prize drawing at the Breckenridge Ice Rink


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