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Summer Reading Challenge

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Are You Up for a Challenge?

This year we have set a challenge of reading 1,000 minutes per participant as well as a community challenge of one million minutes. Every time you read you help meet those challenges and help us reach our goals!

You can use Beanstack to track reading, earn badges, and participate in extra fun. You can signup and participate online or with the Beanstack app from the Google Play store or Apple Store.

Reading Prizes

No matter how you participate, you’ll be eligible for prizes which include stickers, frisbees, collapsible water bottles, binoculars, book bucks, and more. Each time you read 250 minutes you complete a level, and each level opens up a new prize option for kids and teens. Once you read 1,000 minutes you complete the reading challenge and are eligible for one of the grand prizes! This year there will be a grand prize winner at each library for each age group (children, teens, and adults), and winners get an adventure basket filled with 2 tickets to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and a unique blend of adventure themed items.

Children's Events

All major children’s events (except for the ice cream socials and foam parties) will follow this schedule:

Tuesdays at 11 am in Carbondale
Tuesdays at 2 pm in Glenwood Springs

Wednesdays at 11 am in New Castle
Wednesdays at 2 pm in Silt

Thursdays at 11 am in Parachute
Thursdays at 2 pm in Rifle

Summer Reading event Survival Adventures

Adventure Skills with 4H and Americorps

June 4 – 6

4H and Americorp will present a survival skills workshop at each of our libraries. Kids will learn basic adventure skills with parachords and other camping tools.

Summer Reading event Brillantina Puppet Theater

Brillantina Puppet Theater

June 11-13

Enjoy a bilingual adventure through traditional Mexican marionette theater. 

Summer Reading event yoga

Kids Adventure Yoga with Diana Laughlin

June 18 – 20

Enjoy a bilingual yoga adventure with kid-friendly yoga poses, mindfulness, breathing, and literary activities with the themes of trying something new, meeting new people, and moving in new ways!

Summer Reading event Steve Weeks

Music with Steve Weeks

June 25 – 27

Enjoy a concert for kids and families with Steve Weeks.

Summer Reading event ice cream social

Ice Cream Socials

July 1 – 3*

Celebrate the 4th of July and our Summer Reading Challenge with an ice cream social. 

*The schedule this week will be:

Monday, July 1
1 pm in Parachute

Tuesday, July 2
12 pm in Glenwood Springs
1 pm in Carbondale

Wednesday, July 3
11 am in New Castle
2 pm in Silt and Rifle

Summer Reading event Foam Parties

Foam Parties with Ann Lincoln

July 9 – 11*

Ann Lincoln will provide an all out blast of fun with a foam cannon at each of our libraries for the whole family to enjoy.

*This week’s events will be held on the same day for each branch, but will begin at slightly different times. The morning events will be at 10:30 am and the afternoon events will begin at 2:30 pm.

Summer Reading event Will Parker

Will Parker Music

July 16 – 18

Will Parker and friends will provide a fun interactive music and poetry experience for families at each of our libraries.

Summer Reading event Mr Kneel

Mr Kneel's Hip Hop for Families

July 23 – 25

We are excited to bring back the popular Mr. Kneel to close out Summer Reading! He will provide a beatbox and hip hop workshop for families.

We hope you enjoy the summer and read some incredible books along the way!