The 2013 Mesa County Libraries Summer Reading Program kicks off June 3 with a week-long series of entertaining events at library locations throughout the county.
The Summer Reading Program – which happens June 3 through July 29 – is open to children, teens, and adults. Online registration is open now at mesacountylibraries.org. Participants are encouraged to sign up online and then stop by their nearest library branch to pick up a special reading log in which they can track their progress. There is no charge to participate.
Because the Central Library will be closed June 1-19 for the move back to Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, Summer Reading Program participants are urged to visit the library early to stock up on books. Patrons can check out as many as 40 books, which will give most readers a strong head start on their Summer Reading Program goals.
While the Central Library is closed, patrons are encouraged to visit branch libraries throughout Mesa County, which will be open on their regular schedules. A complete list of branch locations and hours is available at mesacountylibraries.org/locations/ (Summer Reading Program participants can take part in a Scavenger Hunt that will take them to every branch; see the reading log for details).
Kickoff parties for kids will happen the week of June 3-8 and will feature entertainment by Drum Safari, a percussion group that gives fun, interactive performances, and Littleleague, a hiphop group specializing in children’s music. Here is the schedule for kickoff parties:
Mon. June 3, 10 a.m., Orchard Mesa Branch, 230 E. Lynwood St., Drum Safari
Tue. June 4, 10 a.m., Palisade Branch, 119 W. 3rd St., Drum Safari
Tue. June 4, 6:30 p.m., Clifton Branch, 590 32 Rd. #6F, Drum Safari
Wed. June 5, 10 a.m., Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson, Drum Safari
Thu. June 6, 10 a.m., Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson, Drum Safari
Thu. June 6, 10 a.m., Clifton Branch, 590 32 Rd., #6F, Littleague
Fri. June 7, 11 a.m., De Beque Branch, 730 Minter Ave., Littleague
Sat. June 8, 10:30 a.m., Collbran Branch, 111 Main St., Littleleague
Sat. June 8, 2 p.m., Lincoln Park Oak Shelter, Grand Junction, Littleague
Another highlight of this year’s Summer Reading Program will be a June 24 visit from popular, award-winning author Ellen Hopkins, whose young-adult titles include “Crank,” “Burned,” and “Glass.” Hopkins will host a teen-writing workshop (registration for the workshop is full, but a waiting list is available at mesacountylibraries.org) and a public discussion about her experiences as a writer. The public presentation, open free of charge, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, in Room 112 of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University. A book-signing will follow.
A variety of other activities and programs for all ages will be offered during the summer at Mesa County Libraries. For complete information about all events, visit the Events Calendar at mesacountylibraries.org.