Summer Reading 2013
Teens are invited to go Beneath the Surface with the Garfield County Library's Summer Reading Program!
Each week teens can enter into a drawing for one of our fantastic themed gift baskets loaded with the awesome prizes including iPods, gaming systems, and more. Pick up a bookmark at your local branch library to track your progress, then read books, e-books, magazines, or audio books of your choice (or off of your school's reading list). Once you've complete five days of reading for at least twenty minutes per day, return your bookmark to be entered in that week's drawing. If you turn in at least five completed bookmarks, you will get a book of your choice!
Online registration begins May 1st, or visit your local branch library to register and pick up your materials starting June 10th.
We have fun activities planned, too!
Get creative with our Creative Element programs and make your own duct tape creations, jewelry from nuts and bolts, or even toothpaste.
Rock out with rock painting and Guitar Hero.
Come to our Edible Bugs program to learn about bugs you can eat and even try some, if you dare!
Are you techie? At our Hack the Surface program, you will get to learn what hacking is and practice your hacking/making skills!
Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible ArtillumA Dance Company perform hip hop dance!
If you are unable to attend an event on a certain day, don't worry! All six library branches will be hosting the same events. Check our online calendar or with your local branch for dates and times. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
Prize books to choose from include:
Infinity Ring: Curse of the Ancients
Tell Us What You Think
We invite you to help evaluate our Summer Reading Program by telling us about your experience. Participating teens will be asked to complete a survey at the beginning and at the end of the Summer Reading Program. To express our appreciation of those participating in this important process, the Garfield County Libraries will raffle off six $25 visa cards to teens in August.
To participate in this process, please click here to access the short pre-program
The American Library Association (ALA) says: "The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002." You can learn more on ALA's Alex Awards page.
Karol Sacca, our Parachute Branch Manager, took this idea and ran with it. The result? The Alex Project.
The Alex Project is designed to build connections in our community using the power of a great read. Very simply, the project pairs teens and adults from the community. Each pair reads an Alex Award-winning title and compares opinions, usually via email.
Click to learn more about the Alex Project and when it's coming to your branch library!
Teen Advisory Groups (TAGs) are groups of teens who advise (didn't see that coming, did ya?) our librarians on stuff that teens like. Joining TAG means that you can have your say on everything teen-related at your library, from planning programs and events to suggesting which books, movies, and games the library buys. And, who are we kidding, it's also a good excuse to hang out with some fun people and eat free food. Most TAGs meet once a month, so there's not a huge time commitment, but your involvement can have a big impact on your local library.
Gordon Cooper Branch (Carbondale) - On hold for the summer
Glenwood Springs Branch - On hold for the summer, next meeting in September
New Castle Branch Library - The third Monday of every month at 4:00pm
In addition to the traditional book club, many of our branch libraries have clubs specialized for different groups or interests, like gaming or art. Don't forget to check our calendar for meetings and events; apply the "Teens" age filter to narrow down the calendar's listings.
Drawing Manga and Comics - Teens and manga artists, join your peers at the New Castle Branch Library to learn techniques and share your talents. Bring a pencil, paper and your imaginations. All levels are acceptable. The manga club meets at the library every Wednesday at 4:30 pm. For more information, contact the branch at 984-2346.
Wii Wednesdays - The Rifle Branch Library holds open play gaming. For more info, call the Rifle Branch at 625-3471 or check out our online calendar.