Summit County libraries celebrate National Library Week |

Summit County libraries celebrate National Library Week

Lu Snyder

What’s happening for National Library Week:Pizza party and puppet show:Wednesday, April 17, 12:15 p.m. pizza, 1 p.m. show – at main branch in FriscoPuppet show:Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m. at the south branch in BreckenridgeThursday, April 18, 11 a.m. at the north branch in SilverthorneLocal author night:Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the main library in FriscoBook sale:Friday, April 19 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Buffalo Mountain Room in the County Commons building in FriscoSUMMIT COUNTY – Put down the remote control and pick up a book.This week, April 14 through 20, is the 44th annual National Library Week – a time created to remind Americans of the wonders of reading.”National Library Week gives everyone a chance to pause and realize how lucky they are to live in a country where the use of books for entertainment and knowledge is free and encouraged,” said Julie Commons, branch manager at the Summit County’s library in Breckenridge. “Libraries place a value on education for adults and children alike.”The county’s libraries have scheduled a few events throughout the week, in recognition of the annual celebration.Puppeteer Wayne Francis will perform for children at each branch this week. On Wednesday, the main branch in Frisco will hold a free pizza party at 12:15 p.m. for preschoolers. Francis will perform for them at 1 p.m. He also is scheduled to perform the same day at 4 p.m. at the south branch in Breckenridge and again on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the north branch in Silverthorne. Becky Astuto, a library technician in Frisco’s branch, said children from preschoolers to elementary schoolers will enjoy Francis’ show.Several local published authors will be highlighted at a gathering at the main library on Friday night. Astuto said at least six authors will speak or read from their books for the audience.Confirmed authors include: Frisco Elementary School principal Janis Bunchman, author of “Pictures & Poetry”; Gil Smith, who wrote “Learning from Little Ones”; and Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli, who wrote “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart.” Book signings and homemade refreshments will be available during the evening.Lastly, the Friends of the Library April book sale will be held Friday, April 19 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the Buffalo Mountain Room in the County Commons Building in Frisco.National Library Week was created in the mid-’50s, after research showed Americans were spending less money on books and more on television, radio and musical instruments, according to the American Library Association’s Web site. Libraries across the nation have been celebrating this week since 1958.National Library Week was based on the “idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.””Libraries in general, and in Summit County in particular, are dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens who use them,” said Kate Chasson, a library aide at the main branch. “It is a shame that libraries are underutilized by the public.”Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or

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