Summit County Libraries have events, story times for children this summer
Fizz Boom Read! program schedule
South Branch Library
504 Airport Road, Breckenridge; (970) 453-6098
11 a.m. Tuesdays, June 10-July 29 — Story time ages 3-10
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 30 — Read with dogs Max and Otis
June 10 — Kickoff event: Jeff & Paige
June 24 — Germ Busters Show
June 25 — Special Wednesday guest: National Repertory Orchestra
July 1 — Outerspace
July 8 — 4-H Science Stations
July 15 — Butterfly Pavilion’s BugMobile
July 22 — Robotics
July 29 — Finale with Anne Lincoln
North Branch Library
651 Center Circle, Silverthorne; (970) 468-5887
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 30 — Story time ages 3-6, unless otherwise noted
1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 30 — Story time ages 7-10
1 p.m. June 11 — Kickoff event: Jeff & Paige (no 10:30 a.m. story time)
June 18 — Spy Kids (forensic science)
1 p.m. June 25 — Special event: Rockin’ Robots Build a Bot (no 10:30 a.m. story time)
July 2 — Fast and Furious (kinetics)
2 p.m. July 9 — Special event: Hands on Science Experiments (no 10:30 a.m. story time)
1 p.m. July 16 — Special event: Butterfly Pavilion (no 10:30 a.m. story time)
July 23 — The Sounds of Music
1 p.m. July 30 — Finale: Anne Lincoln (no 10:30 a.m. story time)
Main Branch Library
0037 County Road 1005, Frisco; (970) 668-5555
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 30 — Story time ages 3-10
June 11 — Fizz! with Jeff Kagan
June 18 — I – Am – A – Robot
June 25 — Buster the Germ
July 2 — Star photographer Daniel McVey
7 p.m. July 2 — Special Wednesday night event: Look Up to the Stars: star tour astronomy show
10 a.m. July 9 — Special event and time: Booming Science Fair with 4-H
July 16 — Radical Rainforest (special guest: Butterfly Pavilion)
July 23 — National Repertory Orchestra: The Science of Music
July 30 — FizzBoom! Ann Lincoln’s “Space Aliens Big Bang!” show
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 http://www.summitcountylibraries.org.
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