Clear Creek Library District’s Summer Reading Program in full swing

Andrew Fraieli
afraieli@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/22/22

“It’s nice to be in-person this summer.”

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Clear Creek Library District’s Summer Reading Program in full swing

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“It’s nice to be in-person this summer.”

Said by Bridget Egan, an intern at the Idaho Springs public library, this was a theme for the library's summer activities. Namely, its annual summer reading program, which was in-person this year for the first time since 2019.

This summer's literal theme is  “ocean of possibilities,” with kids of any grade up 12 being able to participate.

“The program is meant to help keep kids engaged, learning and creating in the offschool months,” said Holly Grant, the program coordinator for the Clear Creek County library district.

With activities at Idaho Springs library on Tuesdays, Georgetown library on Wednesdays and King-Murphy Elementary School on Thursdays, the summer reading program had about 85 participants in its first week, according to Grant.

“We’re trying to rebuild after not being in person for a few years,” she said. 2019 saw the biggest turnout yet, with 85 being lower, but still strong, she said.

Running for six weeks total, each week has its own special crafts. Week three saw mermaid themed crafts like mermaid portholes made of paper plates for kids second grade and younger, sea-bottles with notes for mermaids inside for third to fifth grade and sea lanterns — mason jars painted inside and with hot-glued jewels on the outside — for sixth graders and up.

Most of the children in week three were new, having not gone to the previous weeks, but specifically excited for the sea lanterns. Experimenting with how to spread the paint on the insides, one put the cap on and shook it, while another turned it upside down on the table dumping most of the watered down paint onto the table.

The teen volunteers were making the lanterns too, debating the best way to avoid paint streaks.

“I try to volunteer as much as I can,” said Taren Mckown, 15. “It’s nice to work and see other kids in the community.”

Kids are welcome any week. There’s no requirement to be at previous ones, and the final week will be a trip to the Denver Aquarium, said Grant. It will be about 80 people and the biggest group event the library has done in recent years, she said.

An additional visitor to the crafts was Ms. Honey Bun, the library’s reading rabbit — a small puppet that, for the summer, is Captain Honey Bun. According to Grant, she’s “very popular in the community.”

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