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Delta County Libraries launched signups for summer reading as soon as school ended and the response has been enthusiastic throughout the county. Almost 350 children, teens and adults have already signed up to track their reading, earn prizes, and attend exciting events over the next two months, and library staff expects much more participation to follow, both in the libraries and online.

Beginning the children's program, which is themed "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ," the libraries have invited hula hooper Jaecey Adams to introduce kids and parents to the joys of hula hooping and fitness. Kickoffs will begin Tuesday, June 7, at the Hotchkiss Library. To accommodate the space requirements of numerous hula hoops spinning at the same time, several of the programs will take place in local parks; details are available in any Delta County library.

For future events, library staff will travel the county with themed programs involving fitness and outdoor concepts. Programs will be the same at all five libraries each week and the public is welcome at any library that is convenient. Hotchkiss will have all children's events on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Crawford and Paonia will offer events on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Delta and Cedaredge will entertain the kids on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Teen programming also begins next week as well, with different kickoffs at different libraries, from wilderness skills events to scavenger hunts to live action video games. Again, participants are welcome to attend any event at any library that sounds fun. The teen calendar has Hotchkiss events on Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Delta events on Thursdays at 1 p.m., Paonia events on Thursdays at 2 p.m., and Cedaredge events on Fridays at 3 p.m.

Assistant director LaDonna Gunn has played a key role in the communication and organization of this year's program. She is enthusiastic about Delta County Libraries' planned programming, saying, "Our staff is thrilled to start the year with hula hooping. We'll get things spinning next week and hopefully the hoops and the excitement won't stop until we finish our final event at the end of July!"

"I haven't hula hooped since I was 13 or 14, but this is a great reason to try again," Gunn exclaims, as she and coworker Markee Travis attempt to hula hoop together in the basement of the Hotchkiss Library.

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