Education Briefs: Moffat County Libraries part of statewide book program, hosting National Library Week activities

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Moffat County Libraries will be participating in the One Book 4 Colorado program April 13 to 27, a reading incentive intended to provide a free picture book to every 4-year-old in the state.

This year’s nominations include “Read to Your Bunny,” “Mouse Mess” and “How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?” The selection will be officially announced Monday.

Copies in English or Spanish can be picked up at any of the Moffat County branches.

Additionally, April 12 to 18 is National Library Week, and drawings for prizes will take place throughout the week, so be sure to drop by often.

Library staff also reminds bookworms that the summer reading program is just around the corner, kicking off May 18 for all ages with multiple levels for readers to complete for prizes. Youth Club for ages 8 and up will get back into full swing Wednesdays during the summer, starting May 27.

For more information, call Sally Beauchamp at 970-824-5116 ext. 405.

Moffat County High School students in need of a little extra help in the subjects of English and math are eligible to receive free tutoring at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Sessions take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for math and at the same time Tuesdays for English and essay-writing in CNCC’s Room 120.

Students must bring all the necessary assignments and materials.

Tutoring sessions will run through the first week of May. For more information, call 970-824-1128 or contact Sheila Harper at

CNCC offers paleontology field works courses

CNCC will be offering paleontology field experiences beginning in the summer of 2015. Each field experience session will be two weeks long and can be taken for college credit. During this time, students will be staying on the CNCC Rangely campus and traveling daily to the dig site where they will work alongside professional paleontologists from around the country to excavate dinosaur remains.

“We are right in the middle of Dinosaur Country, and it’s mostly unexplored in our area,” said Molecular Paleontologist and CNCC science instructor, Liz Johnson. “We want to offer that exploration and discovery opportunity to our students and our local community members in an educational setting.”

The two fieldwork sessions are scheduled from June 8 – June 19 and June 22 – July 3. Students will work excavating a dinosaur found by CNCC faculty Ellis Thompson-Ellis and her husband Josh Ellis.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students and our communities to experience and learn about the richness of our local lands,” Thompson-Ellis said. “It’s also an opportunity to be a part of a unique scientific expedition — no experience necessary!”

At the conclusion of the field experience, the fossils will be transported to the new federal fossil repository at the CNCC Craig Campus. There, they will be curated and prepared in the 2015-2016 academic year by students enrolled in the paleontology lab techniques course as the second piece of CNCC’s unique paleontology experience.

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