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Libraries' summer reading program is not just for kids

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The primary goal of Delta County Libraries' summer reading program is to keep kids reading over the summer. That is why they offer an eight-week program full of activities, programs, and prizes centered on engaging children and encouraging them to read.

Still, many people are not aware that the libraries also offer an adult summer program with incentives for reading, volunteering, using library resources and attending programs.

"We hope by offering an adult program, that we will engage our entire community," says Terry Johns, Hotchkiss Library manager. "Parents and caregivers who bring children to the library this summer can also have fun participating in their own way, so that it's rewarding for everyone."

"The adult program has at least one grand prize winner in each community," Johns explains. "The prize may include a t-shirt, a book bag, a gift certificate to a local business, and, of course, books!"

One way to participate is to attend library programs. In 2018, the theme, "Libraries Rock," has encouraged music-related programming throughout the library district.

Paonia Library hosts a summer concert series with live music every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in June and July.

"We are also adding a very special bonus concert this year on Thursday, June 21," says Laura Lee Yates, Paonia staff member and organizer of the concert series. "The 101st Army Dixieland Band will be bringing their eight-member ensemble to entertain us with Dixieland and traditional jazz music."

Delta Library is also hosting a series of performances by local musicians beginning on Monday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m.

Cedaredge Library, in collaboration with the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, is offering an instrument-making workshop in Cedaredge Town Park on the evening of Thursday, June 21. The workshop, taught by Rick Smith, is the prelude to a night of free live music in the park.

The following week, on Wednesday, June 27, Hotchkiss Library is offering "Color to Music," a program where you can listen to music, relax, and express yourself through coloring.

"There are so many ways for adults to participate this summer other than attending programs," says Johns. "You can check out and read books, volunteer at the library, download material, especially music, from our website, listen to audiobooks, or take a course through one of our online resources. Stop by one of our libraries, and we'd be happy to get you started."

To see a full listing of library events or register online for summer reading visit deltalibraries.org, "Summer Reading."

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