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Learning is a mission at Delta County Libraries

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The second line of Delta County Libraries' mission statement reads, "Providing Resources for Life, Leisure, and Learning." This year's summer reading program is reaching all three of these goals, with an emphasis on the learning part.

Just to touch the surface, resources for life in the libraries include high speed internet, public computers, a wide range of reading materials on many subjects, extensive electronic resources, helpful and understanding staff members, clean bathrooms, and countless other ways of meeting human needs. Resources for leisure include air conditioned, comfortable buildings and large collections of popular new books, DVDs and downloadable music, magazines, books and audio books.

Many of the materials in the libraries can also be considered learning resources, and this summer abounds with other opportunities for imaginative learning. Weekly programs cover a wide variety of subjects and age levels, each with a lesson for those who care to listen, and all are relevant to the summer reading program theme of "Build a Better World." Already this summer, library patrons have had chances to learn about instruments and music, solar energy, adventure, community involvement, emergency responders, engineering, graphic design, multi-media art, and cooking. Far from a strict classroom environment, these learning opportunities utilize movement, creativity, games, and hands-on interaction to keep the lessons interesting and fun.

"The summer reading program is such a fun program that the kids forget that they are learning something." Mary Bauer, teen librarian at the Cedaredge Library, talks about the lasting impact of library programs. "Over and over again I see the kids get inspired to do other great projects right after they attend one of the weekly programs."

The learning continues throughout the month of July. Children in all five libraries will be introduced to various forms of architecture, building techniques, sports, conveying messages through art, and more. Teen and adult programs will vary from library to library with topics that range from self-image to chemistry to world travel to card-making.

"Our programming is as varied as our communities," says library district director Lea Hart. "But all summer reading programs are designed to entertain while educating. Come to a library program and build a better you!"

A full schedule of events is available at www.deltalibraries.org/calendar/.

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