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Free summer youth programs being offered at library

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Pitkin County Library in Aspen is planning a number of fun events for youngsters this summer.

The popular “A Summer of Storytellers,” for elementary and middle school children, will take place at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in the meeting room, from June 21 through Aug. 16. The multicultural program features professional storytellers from throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond.

Some of the highlights of this summer’s series include: Australian native Paul Taylor telling tales from the Australian outback, complete with accompaniment on a didjerdoo; Lindy Soon Curry will perform folk tales from Korea, China and Japan, accompanied by the harp; and American Plains Indian storyteller Jack Gladstone will emphasize Native American culture and history.

The library will also offer “The Young Storytellers Club,” an opportunity for kids ages 10 to 13 to learn the art of storytelling from professional tellers. Participants will create their own performance for the community on Aug. 16.

The free workshop will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, from June 21 through Aug. 16. Registration begins May 22, and is limited to 25 people.

Some of the other programs offered include: “Reading is Out of This World” reading program for first- through fifth-graders. Registration begins June 9 with a party at 10 a.m. “So Many Books, So Little Time,” a program that offers reading incentives for grades six through 12. Registration begins on June 9. “Tunes and Tales,” a live musical storytelling collaboration between the library and the Music Associates of Aspen. Offered every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 4 to 9, from July 6 to Aug. 17. “Grammy Award for Research,” an essay contest for valley students completing seventh grade. Deadline is Friday, June 23. Details are available at the library. For more information on any of the summer programs, call the library at 925-4025.


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