National Library Week includes giveaways in Craig |

National Library Week includes giveaways in Craig

— There's been a lot happening lately at the local sanctuary for reading.

April 13 to 19 is National Library Week, and the Moffat County Libraries are among the organizations making the celebration special for patrons.

Author Judy Blume is the honorary chair of this year's nationwide event, which emphasizes the ways that literacy and those who promote it can change the world.

"Libraries and librarians have a powerful and positive impact on the lives of Americans on a daily basis," reads the American Library Association's website. "Their stories are key to communicating the value of libraries. National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to encourage your community to tell the story of how the library has changed their life."

ALA's site lists many activities available to show the dedication to reading, including taking to social media to express literary experiences in creative ways, such as a printout of a speech bubble that can be used to post written thoughts online in a visual format.

Locally, Moffat County Libraries will host events such as daily drawings for prizes to those who walk through its doors. These are open to all ages, as is the upcoming summer reading program, which will kick off May 27 and run through Aug. 9.

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Another program already has started across the state. As part of Saturday's Celebrate Children Festival, librarians handed out free copies of Jeremy Tankard's "Grumpy Bird" to 4-year-olds as part of One Book 4 Colorado.

Sally Beauchamp, children's library coordinator for Moffat County Libraries’ Craig branch, said those who weren't able to take advantage of the offer still can grab a copy of "Grumpy Bird" — no relation to the video game "Angry Birds" — while supplies last.

"It's a good deal for kids who are 4 because some of them are just learning how to read by themselves, but they still like to read with their parents, too," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

For more

For more information about National Library Week, April 13 to 19, visit For more information about Moffat County Libraries’ activities, call 970-824-5116.