Summer Reading Program begins at library |

Summer Reading Program begins at library

On Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m., join Summit County residents and visitors for Poetry Out Loud with Walter Bargen at the North Branch Library’s Blue River Room.
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The Summit County Library began its summer reading program, “On Your Mark…Get Set, READ!” on Tuesday, June 7. Sports, exercise activities and fun are all at the Main Library in Frisco, the North Branch Library in Silverthorne and the South Branch Library in Breckenridge.

The South Branch Library reading time starts at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at the same time. The North Branch Library story time is on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and occurs every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Silverthorne. The Main Library in Frisco hosts story time every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for all ages.

The eight-week summer reading program is for preschoolers through elementary school-aged students, and is open at all three locations. Check our website for weekly details at

The South Branch Library also offers students times to “Read to a Dog” beginning at noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This program has certified reading dogs ready to listen. Please call (970) 453-3544 to sign up for a slot or stop by the front desk in Breckenridge.


On Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m., join Summit County residents and visitors for Poetry Out Loud with Walter Bargen at the North Branch Library’s Blue River Room.

This special poetry reading and performance with him, the first Poet Laureate of Missouri, will showcase his published 18 books of poetry, including two books of prose poems. Bargen is the recipient of many awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Writing Fellowship.

His poems have been featured in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters, Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Boulevard, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Iowa Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, Poetry Salzburg Review, River Styx, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Sycamore Review and Witness.

Bargen was born at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. As a result of his father’s military career, he has lived in many places including Germany, Switzerland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri. He wrote his first poem when he was a senior in high school. He taught himself how to write by two simple processes, reading and writing. He reads not only to enjoy what others write but to learn how others write, and he firmly believes that reading and writing teach writing. He has lived outside Ashland, Missouri, since he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BA in philosophy. He later earned a M.Ed in English education from the same institution and then became distracted.

To learn more about Summit County Library, please visit the website at

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