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‘The Big Burn’ will be next Summit Reads book

The Summit County Libraries are excited to announce that the Summit Reads Community Project will be back this spring, with a new book, new events and new speakers. The book chosen by the Summit Reads planning committee will be “The Big Burn,” by Timothy Egan, the story of a horrific fire a century ago that burned more than 3 million acres and five towns over the course of a weekend. The story also includes the birth of the Forest Service, with the help of two larger-than-life men – Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot.

The committee believes that this book is relevant to the residents of Summit County, who have all observed the changes taking place with so many of our trees, affected by pine beetles of the course of the past several years. The damage from the beetles has left our community more vulnerable than ever to the risk of fire, according to members of our local fire department.

For kids, the committee suggests “Flash Point” by Sneed B. Collard III, a story that takes place in a small logging town in Montana and involves fire and coming of age. And, for younger readers (age 7 and up), “Forest Fires: Run for your Life!” by Josephine Nobisso, has been recommended.

If you would like to host an event or lead a discussion related to “The Big Burn,” contact Jen Miller, at jenniferimiller@comcast.net. The fun will begin with everyone reading the book prior to the end of March, with events and activities kicking off in April and running through early June.

The first step of participation in this year’s project will be to simply read the book. Copies of this book will be available at the Main Summit County Library, the North and the South branches in Silverthorne and Breckenridge respectively; or available for purchase at local book stores.

Please watch the Summit Daily News, or the Summit County Libraries website, at http://www.summitcountylibraries.org, for more information and upcoming details. You may also contact the Summit County Libraries director, Joyce Dierauer, at (970) 668-5555 or by e-mail at joyced@co.summit.co.us. You may also find additional information by visiting our Facebook page; follow us on Twitter at @SummitLibraries; or simply come by and check with us at any of our three library locations, in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.

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